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  • 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... »

  • Aguilar Introduces AG 4M/J-HC and AG 5M/J-HC Bass Pickup Sets

    Aguilar Introduces AG 4M/J-HC and AG 5M/J-HC Bass Pickup Sets

    Aguilar Amplification is bringing two of their bass pickup models together to create the AG 4M/J-HC and AG 5M/J-HC pickup sets. Calibrated together, the sets include one of the company’s 4M or 5M humbuckers in the bridge position and their AG 4J-HC or 5J-HC in the neck position. The company explains the 4M and 5M... »

  • 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... »

  • Q-Tuner Introduces Q2.0 J-Bass Pickups

    Q-Tuner Introduces Q2.0 J-Bass Pickups

    Q-Tuner has expanded their line of neodymium pickups with the Q2.0 J-bass model. Designed for use with roundwound strings, the new pickup utilizes the company’s humbucker sidewinder technology fit into a standard J-style pickup size. The pickups uses a neodymium blade for passive, noiseless operation. Q-Tuner describes their output as dynamic and exceptionally clean, with... »

  • Aguilar Unveils Super Double Pickups

    Aguilar Unveils Super Double Pickups

    Aguilar introduced the Super Double Pickups at NAMM this year. The pickups feature dual rows of Alnico 5 pole pieces that the company says dishes out a “thick yet articulate tone” as well as hum-canceling performance. The pickups come in versions for four, five, and six-string basses. Aguilar builds them in their New York City... »