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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NP4 - Single coil 4 string precision-type bass pickups

This is a faithful reproduction of one of the most famous pickups in the world. It will give a very big and full tone with the slightly hollow grind that the originals are known for. Includes black covers (exposed pole pieces).

NP4 - single        

NP5 - Single          (for five string bass)

NP5f - Fender fit different sized cases.

NPJ4 - set with NP4 (neck) and NJ4(bridge)

NPJ4SV - set with NP4 (neck) and NJ4SV(bridge)

NPJ4SE - set with NP4 (neck) and NJ4SE (bridge)

NPJ5 - set with NP5 + NJ5 bridge

NP4 Alnico III - a sweeter more organic tone with great depth and richness great when pushed.


"A full tone with the same unforgiving funk and force that is synonymous with the big, bright, and hollow tone of the historically renowned P."















Alnco III vs Alnico 5








NP4 Power Blade


With its thick steel blade, optimised wind, and ceramic magnets providing an authoritative low-end punch, the Power Blade will distribute a forcefield of fat slap fury that is tamed and guided by a super smooth top end. With half of its tonal DNA being derived from the classic P design, its character is inherently reminiscent of that hard-hitting P bass vigour we all love, only with a bit more girth in its low-end and translucent flow in its highs which works to facilitate the impressive character that is all its own. This P-style Big Blade split in half will satisfy any player looking for the power of a Big Blade without compromising the throaty fury of classic P tone.


Extensively designed, tested and built in the Nordstrand shop in Redlands, California, these pickups are available now at select dealers.


Technical Details:

Hum canceling split coil 4 string precision-type bass pickup.

Thick steel blade

No worries about string spacing!

Drop-in replacement P-bass pickup.

Ceramic magnets.

Available in black plastic covers

Laser cut bobbins.

Wax-potted to contain any unruly frequency that may attempt to desecrate your
desired tone.




NP4a.


split coil 4 string precision-type bass pickups

The NP4A is a unique P style pickup by any measure.  It takes the angled pole piece arrangement that Nordstrand is so well known for and applies it to one of the most traditional pickups ever.  And the result is familiar yet somehow unique.  This pickup has a broad and punchy character highlighted by a nice rich and focused midrange.  It will fill the P role very well, but offers so much more in terms of versatility.  A simple passive tone knob used in conjunction with this pickup will reveal a wide range of very usable sounds with several sweet spots that are nothing short of inspiring.  Get one today!



NP4v


Looking for fat, round, old school P-Bass tonal goodness? The new Nordstrand Pickups NP4v delivers all that and more. Make your new P style bass sound like it was meant to, or restore your favourite vintage axe with a proper classic vintage tone. Made to exacting early 60’s specs, the NP4v is the solution you need to bring all the right sounds out of that old familiar friend.

This all new pickup features:

Vintage correct magnet size

Traditional Alnico V magnets

Direct replacement pickup size

Split coil hum-cancelling configuration for noise-free operation

Simulated hand wound pattern offers sweeter highs


np5f.

5 string p style pickup

this is a faithful reproduction of one of the most famous pickups in the world. it will give a very big and full tone with the slightly hollow grind that the originals are known for. these pickups are made for fender 5 string basses where the shells are not equal size.

*now available with alnico iii (a3) magnets
alnico iii magnets differ from alnico v in that they are warmer with a softer character. think of them like a 60′s j style sound taken even further down the warm and fat path. alnico v by contrast is brighter, cleaner and punchier, and will have a more wiry, stringy character. as another example, we’d recommend a3 for fretless or a fat 60′s jaco type thing and a5 is great for a modern slap type thing or an r and b sound.




np5 set.

split coil 5 string precision-type bass pickups

our twist on a five string p pickup. we angled the poles like we do on our signature big single series of pickups for a couple reasons. we get more room for wire between the magnets and the cover edge, and frankly, we think it looks cool! the result is as close to an authentic p tone in a four string sized cover package and we believe is possible. roger sadowsky thinks so too…









np5v.

humcancelling 5 string precision-type bass pickups

this p style pickup uses an original nordstrand innovation (twisted pole
pieces) to get the most out of standard size covers, but with vintage
correct magnets, for a slightly smoother tone than our standard np5.

*now available with alnico iii (a3) magnets
alnico iii magnets differ from alnico v in that they are warmer with a softer character. think of them like a 60′s j style sound taken even further down the warm and fat path. alnico v by contrast is brighter, cleaner and punchier, and will have a more wiry, stringy character. as another example, we’d recommend a3 for fretless or a fat 60′s jaco type thing and a5 is great for a modern slap type thing or an r and b sound.



Nordstrand '51 style P- Split Single coil 4 string precision-type bass pickups


This is a faithful reproduction of one of the most famous pickups in the world. It will give a very big and full tone with the slightly hollow grind that the originals are known for. Includes black covers (exposed pole pieces). Also available in humcancelling split coil version.

'51 P - single        

'51 PS - single       (split single coil)

'51 P5 - single

'51 P5S - single      (split single coil)



Nordstrand NM4 for Re-issue Fender Mustang Bass guitars


Breathe some life into your Mustang Bass!


Yucaipa, CA – December 14, 2010, – Do you have a Mustang bass languishing in a closet because of flat and uninspiring tone? Nordstrand Pickups’ new NM4 4 string Mustang replacement bass pickup uses our proprietary angled pole piece technology to deliver the largest coil and maximum amount of tone from this tiny pickup.  You won’t believe the fat full tone that now flows from such a diminutive bass. It’ll give your Mustang bass some new kick!


This all new pickup features:


•Direct replacement size

•Split coil hum-cancelling configuration for noise-free operation

•Simulated hand wound pattern offers sweeter highs

•Traditional Alnico V magnets

•Angled pole piece arrangement maximises coil size and tone

•Does not include covers – use your existing covers for reissue basses only, at the moment these pickups will not fit into the covers on vintage instruments.


Extensively designed, tested and built in the Nordstrand custom shop in Yucaipa, California, these pickups are available now.



Nordbocker - A replacement for Rickenbacker neck pickups



Love your hi-gain Rickenbacker™ 4003 bridge pickup, but feel like the neck pickup is a little lo-gain? Here is your answer! The classic Nordstrand Big Single is now available in Rickenbacker size, a drop-in replacement that fits without marring your bass. It even uses your stock pickup screws. Louder and more aggressive tones can now be found in your neck pickup to keep up with the gutsy stock bridge pickup. As an added bonus, with this Big Single your bass won't have 60 cycle hum when you run both pickups together. Can you say bolder sound with less noise?!

Technical Details:

  1. Angled poles.

  2. Laser cut vulcanized fiber bobbins.


  3. Potted in a paraffin-beeswax mix to contain any unruly frequency that may attempt to desecrate your desired tone

  4. Classic Big Single in Rickenbacker size.

  5. Slightly shorter magnet spacing, which makes for a thicker coil and thus a higher inductance. BOOM TIME!





PJ 4 string sets


np4 with a split coil nj4sv bridge pickup as a set

you will get great old school tones from the np4 and a good full growly
tone from the nj4sv.  combined, you will have one tuneful set of pickups
destined to make your pj style bass sound better than ever

np4v pickup with an nj4 bridge position as a set

this is a set consisting of an np4v pickup and an nj4 bridge position
pickup. you will get great old school tones from the np4v and a good full
growly tone from the nj4. combined, you will have one tuneful set of
pickups destined to make your pj style bass sound better than ever.

np4v pickup and an nj4sv bridge position as a set.

you will get great old school tones from the np4v and a good full
growly tone from the nj4sv. combined, you will have one tuneful set of
pickups destined to make your pj style bass sound better than ever.

np4v pickup and an nj4se bridge position as a set

you will get great old school tones from the np4v and a good full
growly tone from the nj4se. combined, you will have one tuneful set of
pickups destined to make your pj style bass sound better than ever.

PJ 5 string sets


npvj5 set.

np5v pickup and an nj5 bridge position as a set

you will get great old school tones from the np5v and a good full
growly tone from the nj5. combined, you will have one tuneful set of
pickups destined to make your pj style bass sound better than ever.

npvj5s set.


np5v pickup and an nj5s bridge position as a set

you will get great old school tones from the np5v and a good full
growly tone from the nj5s. combined, you will have one tuneful set of
pickups destined to make your pj style bass sound better than ever.

npj5fs set.

np5f with a nj5fs bridge pickup as a set


npj5f set.

np5f with a nj5f bridge pickup as a set


npj5s.

np5 with a nj5s split coil bridge pickup as a set


npj5 set.

np5 with a nj5 bridge pickup as a set



We offer a full fitting service including routing for new/change of pickups, more information HERE.



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:

 

>Nordstrand | Lindy Fralin | Dingwall | Mike Lull | Delano | Aguilar | Bartolini | Aero

J Style | >P Style | MM Style | Soapbar


NP4 - single                    £110.00

NP4a - single                  £110.00

NP4 Alnico III - single    £110.00

NP4v - single                  £110.00

NP4v Alnico III- single   £110.00

NP4 Power Blade          £110.00

NM4 - single                   £85.00   OUT OF STOCK

NP '51 - single                £115.00

NP '51S - single             £120.00


NP5 - single                   £130.00

NP5f Fender - single     £130.00

51P5S Fender - single   £130.00


NPJ4 - set                    £215.00

NPJSE4 - set               £230.00

NPJSV4 - set               £230.00

NPvJ4 - set                  £215.00

NPvJSE4 - set             £230.00

NPvJSV4 - set             £230.00

NPJ5 - set                    £235.00


Nordenbocker (no cover) £105.00 + £5 UK p&p


For orders outside the UK ADD + £5 EU shipping


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