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  • Nordstrand Pickups Introduces the 2b+ Preamp

    Nordstrand Pickups Introduces the 2b+ Preamp

    Nordstrand Pickups has introduced the 2b+, a 2-band boost only preamp they say offers flexibility and simplicity with lots of tone-shaping potential. “Offering more boost than our standard 2-band preamp the 2B+ can really beef up your lows and polish your highs,” Nordstrand writes. “There’s a dip switch for shifting the treble EQ point, and... »

  • Nordstrand Pickups Announces BigRig Bass Pickups

    Nordstrand Pickups Announces BigRig Bass Pickups

    Nordstrand Pickups has introduced the BigRig, a new hum-cancelling bass pickup that grew from a conversation with bassist Alberto Rigoni. “A dual 51 P-style pickup, one pole per string, was the initial concept,” Nordstrand explains, “but offset pole pieces are iconic for Nordstrand. What developed is a hum canceling pickup where the coils sense different... »

  • Nordstrand Pickups Announces Big J-Blades

    Nordstrand Pickups Announces Big J-Blades

    Nordstrand Pickups has announced the Big J-Blade, a jazz-style single coil pickup that’s built with a continuous sensing blade. The new model will come in two versions with different winds to provide two unique tones. “One wind provides a ‘warm and wooly’ tone, while an alternate wind provides a ‘clean and clear’ tone,” the company... »

  • 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... »

  • Nordstrand Introduces Alnico III Series Bass Pickups

    Nordstrand Introduces Alnico III Series Bass Pickups

    Nordstrand Pickups has launched the Alnico III series of bass pickups. After introducing an Alnico III Tele pickup set, the company realized the alloy works well for bass. “[Alnico III] gives it a slightly more mellow sound,” Stewart McKinsey told us at the NAMM show. “It doesn’t have quite as much crunch to it, but... »

  • Custom Shop: Nordstrand Guitars

    Custom Shop: Nordstrand Guitars

    Following your dreams isn’t always an easy path, but it’s an honest and rewarding one. It’s also one that Carey Nordstrand has followed to create his bass business. After finding his passion for bass, Carey took opportunities to get into the business and expand his knowledge. His bass company, Nordstrand Guitars, has grown from a... »

  • Bass of the Week: Nordstrand NX5

    Bass of the Week: Nordstrand NX5

    I’ll admit it – I’m a sucker for boutique top woods. That’s why I had to do a double take when I saw Nordstrand’s first NX5 Bolt-on bass guitar. Its spalted maple top and matching headstock have a gorgeous textural look with striking light and dark contrasts thanks to the spalting, which is naturally created... »