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  • Nordstrand Audio Unveils the Nordenbocker Pickup

    Nordstrand Audio Unveils the Nordenbocker Pickup

    Nordstrand Audio has expanded their pickup line with a drop-in replacement to fit a Rickenbacker 4003 neck pickup. The Nordenbocker is Nordstrand’s Big Single pickup design housed in the unique pickup size. “It even uses your stock pickup screws,” the company writes. “Louder and more aggressive tones can now be found in your neck pickup... »

  • Nordstrand Audio Unveils the Big SplitMan Pickup

    Nordstrand Audio Unveils the Big SplitMan Pickup

    Nordstrand Audio has expanded their pickup line once again with a new creation called the Big SplitMan. It takes two of their Big Splits and puts them into the MM-style BigMan cover. “In essence, this pickup is a quad-coil BigMan with a cutthroat vendetta against hum and a raw energy slightly superseding the BigMan’s iconic... »

  • Seymour Duncan Unveils Alex Webster Signature Pickups

    Seymour Duncan Unveils Alex Webster Signature Pickups

    Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster has teamed up with the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop to introduce a new signature set of bass pickups. The Alex Webster Hammer Smashed Bass pickups are based on the company’s active Blackout soapbars but have been voiced to match Webster’s “aggressive attack and expressive tone”. “As a founding member of... »

  • Nordstrand Audio Releases the Big BladeMan Pickup

    Nordstrand Audio Releases the Big BladeMan Pickup

    Recently we featured Justin Chancellor’s new Warwick as a Bass of the Week. The Tool bassist’s newest axe is fitted with a brand new pickup from Nordstrand Audio, and now that pickup is available to the public. The Big BladeMan features two of the company’s Big J-Blades in an MM-style cover and as such works... »

  • Q-Tuner Expands Transparent Q2.0 Bass Pickups

    Q-Tuner Expands Transparent Q2.0 Bass Pickups

    Q-Tuner has expanded their bass offerings with new transparent, red-coiled pickups. Available now in 4, 5, and 6-string versions, the pickups are described as producing a “tight, clean and life-like bass sound loaded with harmonics.” They are created with neodymium magnets in a unique alignment for dynamic range. “There are many steps in making these... »

  • Q-Tuner Unveils Transparent Q2.0 Pickups

    Q-Tuner Unveils Transparent Q2.0 Pickups

    Q-Tuner has announced a small-scale production of transparent versions of their neodymium q2.0 bass pickups. Each unit will be one of a kind and made to order. As such, the pickups can be fine-tuned in terms of output, dynamic response and frequency range, the company says. The new models, which will be available later this... »

  • Nordstrand Pickups Introduces Big Blades Soapbar Bass Pickups

    Nordstrand Pickups Introduces Big Blades Soapbar Bass Pickups

    Nordstrand Pickups has once again expanded their signature pickup offerings with the new Big Blade soapbar. The pickup, which is available in standard soapbar shapes and sizes, was built for a “striking and aggressive sound.” “The Big Blade is a result of the pursuit of a continuous sensing blade style pickup whose tone brings with... »

  • Bartolini Unveils B-Axis Pickups

    Bartolini Unveils B-Axis Pickups

    Bartolini unveiled the b-axis series of bass pickups at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show. Based on the company’s original HI-A design from the ’70s, the b-axis pickups feature a fully encapsulated Alnico V exposed pole piece design that fits as a replacement set for J-style basses. “The main design principle was to provide a highly... »

  • EMG Introduces Solderless J System Pickups

    EMG Introduces Solderless J System Pickups

    Swapping out your Jazz Bass pickups has just gotten a little easier. EMG’s new J System is a completely solderless setup that includes everything you need to drop a new set of their J pickups into your bass. The pickups come with a control plate that’s completely wired with a split shaft volume/tone control, an... »

  • Reed James Engineering Introduces VVN NEOA5 Pickups

    Reed James Engineering Introduces VVN NEOA5 Pickups

    Reed James Engineering was at the 2016 Winter NAMM show to introduce the VVN NEOA5 set of pickups. Based on their VVN RJNEO set, the new pickups differentiate themselves by creating a relationship between the neodymium magnets and vintage Alnico 5 rod magnets. “We mated precise amounts of each magnet material to create the magnetic... »