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  • Ear Trumpet Labs Introduces Nadine Upright Bass Microphone

    Ear Trumpet Labs Introduces Nadine Upright Bass Microphone

    Double bassists have a new option for amplifying their instrument with the Ear Trumpet Labs Nadine microphone. The medium-large diaphragm condenser mic is specifically designed for upright bass with its low end tuned to give a flat response at the mounting distance. Its cardioid pickup pattern is designed to pick up as much of the... »

  • 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... »

  • 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... »

  • Seymour Duncan Adds Quarter Pound Pickup for 5-String P-Bass to Standard Lineup

    Seymour Duncan Adds Quarter Pound Pickup for 5-String P-Bass to Standard Lineup

    After producing the model through their custom shop for several years, Seymour Duncan has announced that the Quarter Pound for 5-String P-Bass has been added to their regular pickup lineup. The pickup is designed to retrofit into any Fender or equivalent 5-string P-Bass model with a 6-pole/4-pole offset design. It features large diameter Alnico 5... »

  • Seymour Duncan Releases The Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbucker Pickup

    Seymour Duncan Releases The Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbucker Pickup

    Seymour Duncan has added to their line of bass pickups with the Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbucker. The new model employs two coils that sit next to each other under a standard single-coil-sized cover. Duncan’s head of R&D Kevin Beller designed the pickups to get a warm, traditional sound with modern attributes to clean up... »

  • Nordstrand Pickups Introduces Jazz Bar Series

    Nordstrand Pickups Introduces Jazz Bar Series

    Nordstrand Pickups has introduced the Jazz Bar pickup line, a series takes all of the company’s standard J-style pickups and puts them in soapbar shapes. Available in most popular EMG and Bartolini casing sizes, the JB Series includes Nordstrand’s single coil models (NJ4, NJ4 70’s, NJ5, and NJ6) as well as their hum canceling models... »