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Nordstrand Audio Introduces the Zen Blade Bass Pickup
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Nordstrand Audio Introduces the Zen Blade Bass Pickup

Nordstrand Audio’s pickup line has gotten a little bigger with the Zen Blade, a classic sidewinder-style pickup with a ceramic bar magnet and slotted steel blade. The design allows for even tone across the fretboard and steady impedance, Nordstrand says. “One of its finest qualities is that the difference between its parallel and series personalities is subtle, creating a dimension...

Nordstrand Audio Unveils the Nordenbocker Pickup
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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 to keep up with the...

Nordstrand Audio Unveils the Big SplitMan Pickup
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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 aggression,” Nordstrand writes. “Its composition...

Nordstrand Audio Releases the Big BladeMan Pickup
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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 as a drop-in replacement for...

Nordstrand Audio Introduces the Power Blade Pickup
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Nordstrand Audio Introduces the Power Blade Pickup

Nordstrand Audio has expanded their P-style pickups with the Power Blade. The pickup is built with a thick steel blade, optimized wind, and ceramic magnets that the company says provide an authoritative low-end punch. “With half of its tonal DNA being derived from the classic P design, its character is inherently reminiscent of that hard-hitting P bass vigor we all...

Rocket Surgeon Labs Unveils Seratone: Mood Altering Fuzz
Pedals & Effects

Rocket Surgeon Labs Unveils Seratone: Mood Altering Fuzz

Rocket Surgeon Labs has announced their first effects pedal called the Seratone: Mood Altering Fuzz. The company is a division of Nordstrand Pickups with the pedal being the brainchild of John “Dr. Vatone” Contreras. “In development for about 2 years, this bass fuzz is a no compromise kick in the head effect,” the Nordstrand website states. “There is no clean...

Nordstrand Pickups Announces Big J-Blades
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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 writes. “Plus, as proven by...

Nordstrand Pickups Introduces Big Blades Soapbar Bass Pickups
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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 it the huge, rich, and...

Nordstrand Pickups Introduces Jazz Bar Series
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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 (NJ4SV, NJ4SE, NJ5s, and NJ6s)....

Nordstrand Introduces Alnico III Series Bass Pickups
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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 it really fills out the...

Nordstrand Pickups Introduces Bigman Bass Pickup
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Nordstrand Pickups Introduces Bigman Bass Pickup

If you’re looking for a replacement Music Man-style pickup, Nordstrand Pickups has introduced a new model they describe as “not for the faint of heart.” The Bigman is actually two of the company’s Big Single pickups housed under a Music-Man-style cover. “Don’t bother using shorter magnets or less wire – just go for it!,” Nordstrand shares. “The result is a...

Nordstrand Pickups Introduces NP4V Vintage P Pickup
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Nordstrand Pickups Introduces NP4V Vintage P Pickup

Nordstand Pickups has expanded their NP4 line with the NP4V, a P-style pickup designed to deliver old school tone. The new pickup is “made to exacting early 60’s specs”, including its vintage correct size traditional Alnico V magnets. The NP4V acts as a direct replacement and fits into nearly all P-style basses. Its split coil hum-canceling configuration offers noise-free operation,...