Nordstrand Pickups Jazz bass- Traditional (Fender®) NJ, SV, SE, NP, for 4/5/6 string basses :: Warwick, UK, For sale, single coil, split coil

 


Nordstrand pickups are now considered by many to be at the cutting edge of modern pickup design. These pickups will give you a generally bigger, clearer sound with a greater frequency response.  With tailored frequency responses and high quality components, these hand made pick ups come highly recommended and are now offered standard or optional fit by many of the worlds great bass manufacturers. New Nordstrand preamps HERE


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TRADITIONAL PICKUPS


Nordstrand NJ4 - Single coil 4 string jazz-type bass pickups

        This is a vintage single coil J style pickup made with 60’s era correct Heavy Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets. In winding these pickups we use a simulated hand wound pattern that lowers the resonant peak of the pickup resulting in a pleasing yet present high end. These pickups have a very even and full sound with that snap and grind associated with the classic basses of that time. Includes black covers (exposed pole pieces).

This pickup is available with an alternative "70's wind" featuring enamel wire and a more aggressive tone

NJ4 - pair 

NJ4 - single

NJ4 7.25" Radius for certain Fender Jazz basses

NJ4 70s wind -a more aggressive tone

NJ4 Alnico III - a sweeter more organic tone with great depth and richness great when pushed.


Alnco III vs Alnico 5











Nordstrand NJ4SV - Humbucking split coil 4 string jazz-type bass pickups

        These are a split coil hum cancelling design. This pickup is designed to have a tone as close as possible to the NJ4 single coils. They have a similar clarity and bottom, and have a good clean growl with the same interactive quality that all our alnico pickups are known to have. They are also totally humcancelling, and great for commonly noisy live situations.

NJ4SV - pair 

NJ4SV - Single



Nordstrand NJ4SE - Humbucking split coil 4 string jazz-type bass pickups

These are a split coil hum cancelling design. They use the same hand wound pattern found on our NJ4's but with a finer wire called 43 gauge enamel. The natural character of this design is to have a more pronounced lower midrange, and a slightly muted high end. This makes them exceptionally suited to finger style players who are going for a solo bridge pickup sound with good "bark" and "heft." They are also totally humcancelling, and great for commonly noisy live situations.

NJ4SE - pair

NJ4SE - Single



Nordstrand NJ5 - Single coil 5 string jazz-type bass pickups

Review on NJ5 HERE

Five string single coil pickups in the same style as the NJ4. Featuring Alnico V magnets and the same winding pattern as the four, these are very fat sounding with plenty of growl and bark. Includes closed black covers.

NJ5 - pair

NJ5 - single

NJ5SE - Split coil, warmer and punchier in the mods, smoother in the highs - great for fingerstyle

NJ6 Alnico III - a sweeter more organic tone with great depth and richness great when pushed.

Also available is SE winding for more midrange



Nordstrand NJ5SE - Humbucking split coil 4 string jazz-type bass pickups

These are a split coil hum cancelling design. They use the same hand wound pattern found on our NJ5's but with a finer wire called 43 gauge enamel. The natural character of this design is to have a more pronounced lower midrange, and a slightly muted high end. This makes them exceptionally suited to finger style players who are going for a solo bridge pickup sound with good "bark" and "heft." They are also totally humcancelling, and great for commonly noisy live situations.

NJ5SE - pair

NJ5SE - Single



Nordstrand NJ6 - Single coil 6 string jazz-type bass pickups

Five string single coil pickups in the same style as the NJ4. Featuring Alnico V magnets and the same winding pattern as the four, these are very fat sounding with plenty of growl and bark. Includes closed black covers.

NJ6 - pair

NJ6 - single

NJ6 Alnico III - a sweeter more organic tone with great depth and richness great when pushed.



Nordstrand NJ5F - Single coil 5 string jazz-type bass pickups

These are Fender Jazz 5® replacement pickups. They will fit into your existing covers and make your 5 string come to life. They are based on the same formula that makes my NJ4 pickups sound so good: Alnico V magnets and Heavy Formvar 42 gauge wire wound in a simulated hand pattern. They have a nice growly bridge pickup tone, a big full neck pickup tone and a huge deep earth shaking tone with both pickups on. They will definitely make your bass sound better! These also fit Lakland® Joe Osborn 5 (US and Skyline versions).

NJ5F - pair

NJ5F - single



Nordstrand NJ5S - Split coil 5 string jazz-type bass pickups

These are a split coil hum cancelling design of the NJ5. This pickup is designed to have a tone as close as possible to a true single coil. They have a similar clarity and bottom, and have a good clean growl with the same interactive quality that all our alnico pickups are known to have. Bring your bass to life with these great silent J pickups.

NJ5S - pair

NJ5S - single




Nordstrand NJ5FS - Split coil 5 string jazz-type bass pickups

These are a split coil hum cancelling design for the Fender Jazz 5®. This pickup is designed to have a tone as close as possible to a true single coil. They have a similar clarity and bottom, and have a good clean growl with the same interactive quality that all our alnico pickups are known to have. Bring your Fender Jazz 5® bass to life with these great silent J pickups.

NJ5S - pair

NJ5S - single


New Alnico III pickups





The newest addition to our line of original Signature pickups, the Big J-Blade is single coil Jazz-style pickup, with a continuous sensing blade offered in two different winds to provide the style of tone specific to the individual player. One wind provides a “warm and wooly” tone, while an alternate wind provides a “clean and clear” tone. Plus, as proven by our original Big Blades, no more worries about making sure the pole pieces line up with your strings.


These all new pickups features:

• Two uniquely different winds

• A striking and aggressive appearance

• Uniform magnetic field blade design - no worries about pole spacing

• Available in 4-string, 5-string, 5-string Fender and 5-string long cover.

• 19mm maximum string pitch, works for most basses

• Blade radius designed for even output in most basses – custom radius versions available soon.



4 string set, Warm & Wooly
4 string set, Clean & Clear

5 string set, Warm & Wooly
5 string set, Clean & Clear

5 string long cover set, Warm & Wool
5 string long cover set, Clean & Clear

5 string fender set, Warm & Wool
5 string fender set, Clean & Clear












































Nordstrand NJ4SE Pickups sound clips here

Nordstrand NJ4 Pickups sound clips here


Submitted on the 24th April 2012 by Bruce who purchased a set of Nordstrand NJ4SV pickups

Hi,
Just a quick note of thanks for the clear unbiased advice, for answering my (stupid) questions patiently without making me feel like an imbecile and the speedy delivery - in short, brilliant service!

Having been still using the original pickups in my 1976 Fender Jazz, I must say that the Nordstrand NJSVs have transformed my bass - just as you suggested it would.

I've now got a lovely even tone, and in the two gigs we did over the weekend I had no need to tweak the EQ, I could simply run with it off. No doubt as time goes by, I may decide that a few tweaks will be beneficial - but at the moment I'm one happy bunny!

Many thanks again, and no doubt we'll be doing business again....!

Best wishes,
Bruce - Cadgwith, Cornwall


Fralins vs. Nordstrands - From Jay at Blueberry Bass in the USA


The eternal question....what are the differences between Fralin and Nordstrand pickups! I have probably been asked this question a hundred times (if not more), and since I have already given a hundred answers (if not more), I thought that this blog would be the perfect place to post a general overview of some of the similarities and differences between these two boutique pickup manufacturers. I have posted similar comments and opinions on various on-line forums, PMs, and e-mails over the course of the last few years, but hope that this will serve as a resource for those who may be thinking about upgrading the pickups in their bass or basses and would like a little clarification on the issue.


First and foremost, both pickup brands are excellent. Even though I am a Nordstrand dealer and am not a Fralin dealer, I would not even try to make the argument that Nordstrands are far superior to Fralins and that one should ONLY buy Nordstrand pickups. Not only would that be completely irresponsible on my part, but it also would not be true. I think that BOTH pickup lines are excellent. Up until relatively recently, when Carey Nordstrand decided to make his pickups available to the public, Fralins were widely regarded as one of the premier after market pickup options available. I routinely spec out Mike Lull basses with Fralin pickups and readily recommend them to customers of mine who order custom Lull basses through Blueberry Hill where I think that Fralins would be appropriate for the type of tone they are looking for. The bottom line is that, while there are differences between the two brands that many players feel are significant, both pickup lines are excellent, and I like both pickups lines a great deal. But...let's talk about some of those differences.


Speaking in very general terms here, both pickup brands are essentially shooting for the same goal, but each takes a slightly different approach. Both Fralins and Nordstrands (whether we're talking about single coils, hum-canceling jazz pickups, MM-style pickups, split-P pickups, etc.) are attempting to recreate the sound of vintage bass pickups from the 1960's and 1970's. Both use alnico V magnets and traditional pickup winding materials and techniques. While Fralins are handwound, Nordstrands are "simulated hand wound". In the case of Nordstrand pickups, the master pickup for each model was handwound by Carey and then the process by which that pickup was made was coded into a winding machine that reprocess the handwound pattern. Many vintage purists and pickup enthusiasts believe that a handwound pickup sounds more sonically pleasing due to the way that the scattered windings impact the upper frequencies reproduces by the pickup. But...when you handwind a pickup, every one will be just a little bit different. By creating a "master", Carey has chosen the precise characteristics of a single pickup that he feels captures the ultimate tone for that one model. By using a simulated handwound process to make that pickup, he can now reproduce that handwound pickup over and over again, retaining the sweet tonal properties of the handwound master, but ensuring that there will be no deviation from pickup set to pickup set. Being able to make more sets faster and with precision accuracy over time yields a more consistent result. In other words, everyone knows exactly what they're getting right out of the box!


So, now that we know how pickups from the different brands are made...how do they SOUND? In my experience, Fralin P and J pickups tend to have a very "raw" tone to them. I have used this descriptive term a lot, and am seeing other Fralin owners use the same term in posts on on-line bass forums to describe the tone that they perceive from Fralin pickups as well. I tend to like this "rawness" in certain situations, but the effect tends to also create a bottom end that is a little loose and open. Again...this can be a good thing, depending on what you are looking for. The entire line makes for a great approximation of what vintage pickups sounded like 40 or 50 years ago, but they definitely have their own flavour.


The Nordstrands, by comparison, tend to have a very full, balanced sound from top to bottom. They have great string-to-string balance, and they also tend to have a tighter, fuller bottom end. As with the Fralins above, whether or not these traits are desirable depend on what you, the individual, perceive as "good tone". I have received a lot of feedback indicating that players really like the midrange punch and sweet high-end response of the Nordstrand line, and many players also appreciate the balanced nature of the pickups as well, with the tighter low end standing out as a positive attribute that a lot of players appreciate. Whereas the Fralin pickups have a more rough, "raw" edge to them, the Nordstrands also tend to be very warm, but without losing clarity and detail. Many vintage pickup companies lose the plot by over winding pickups too much and by trying to make them too "warm" sounding. The end result is often a mid-heavy, muddy pickup that lacks low-end punch and detail. This seems to be where the Nordstrands really excel...they deliver vintage warmth without losing detail and clarity.





Here's a shot of Bryant Siono and his new NPJ5S set - he loves them! Bryant's credits include the Backstreet Boys and he is now the musical director and bassist for Jennifer Lopez, on tour now! Check out Bryant's links below:


myspace.com/bryantsiono

facebook.com/bryant.siono 


 

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NJ4 - pair                     £155.00 + £5 OUT OF STOCK

NJ4 Alnico III - pair      £155.00 + £5 UK p&p

NJ4 7.25" radius - pair  £155.00 + £5 UK p&p

NJ4 70s wind - pair       £155.00 + £5 UK p&p

NJ4SV - pair                  £195.00 + £5 UK p&p

NJ4SE - pair                  £195.00 + £5 UK p&p


NJ5 - pair                      £180.00 + £5 UK p&p

NJ5 70s wind - pair      £180.00 + £5 UK p&p

NJ5F - pair                   £175.00 + £5 UK p&p

NJ5S - pair                   £205.00 + £5 UK p&p

NJ5SE - pair                £205.00 + £5 UK p&p

NJ5FS - pair                 £205.00 + £5 UK p&p


BJB 4 - pair “clean and clear”       £155.00 + £5 UK p&p

BJB 4 - pair “warm and woolly”     £155.00 + £5 UK p&p

BJB 5F - pair “clean and clear”     £180.00 OUT OF STOCK

BJB 5F - pair “warm and woolly”   £180.00 + £5 UK p&p


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