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Nordstrand Big Blades - Clean and Clear Tone



Clean & Clear Tone
Size/Purchasing Option  4-String 5-String 6-String
BB4-BC Set
BB4-BC Bridge
BB4-BC Neck
BB5-P2 Set
BB5-P2 Bridge
BB5-P2 Neck
BB6-P4 Set
BB6-P4 Bridge
BB6-P4 Neck
EMG 35
BB4-35 Set
BB4-35 Bridge
BB4-35 Neck
EMG 40
BB5-40 Set
BB5-40 Bridge
BB5-40 Neck
EMG 45
BB5-45 Set
BB5-45 Bridge
BB5-45 Neck
BB6-45 Set
BB6-45 Bridge
BB6-45 Neck
$91.50 - $284.00
$91.50 - $284.00

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Big Blades - Clean and Clear Tone

Big Blade Soapbar Bass Pickup

Big Blade is a result of the pursuit of a continuous sensing blade style pickup whose tone brings with it the huge, rich, and powerful characteristics so well established by our famous Big Singles. The sound is a bit more modern and aggressive, and there are no more worries about making sure the pole pieces line up with your strings. Weaponize your bass today!

If you are looking for a Warm & Wooly tone instead, check out the Big Blade in Warm & Wooly tone configurations. Click here

This all new pickup features:

  • A striking and aggressive sound
  • A striking and aggressive appearance
  • Uniform magnetic field blade design - no worries about pole spacing
  • Available in our standard soap bar shapes and sizes
  • Clean & Clear Tonal Winding
  • 19mm maximum string pitch - works for most basses
  • Blade radius designed for even output in most basses - custom radius versions available soon

Extensively designed, tested and built in the Nordstrand shop in Redlands, California.

Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.

Big Blade 4

  • This pickup will fit as a replacement for Bartolini™ BC pickups.
  • Pickup Length: 101.35mm (3.99")
  • Pickup Width: 32.26mm (1.27")
  • Also available in EMG 35® & EMG 40® sizes

Big Blade 5

  • This pickup will fit as a replacement for Bartolini™ P2 pickups.
  • Pickup Length: 108.46mm (4.27")
  • Pickup Width: 32.26mm (1.27")
  • Also available in EMG 40® & EMG 45® sizes

Big Blade 6

  • This pickup will fit as a replacement for Bartolini™ P4 pickups.
  • Pickup Length: 118.75mm (4.675")
  • Pickup Width: 32.26mm (1.27")
  • Also available in EMG 45® size

Please Note:Nordstrand supplies chrome screws with their pickups. If you require black or gold screws, we carry them on our pickup screws page.

Click Here for Pickup Screws.


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Verified Buyer
Great new pickups - great replacement for Bartolini MK I's in a Lakland Skyline 55-01
By James
I replaced the stock Bartolini MK I preamp in this bass quite a while back with the upgraded USA NMTB Bartolini unit, but still wasn't happy with the sound. I had been planning on going with either Nordstrand Big Singles or Big Splits, when I found out about the new Big Blades. I loved their look, so thought I'd give them a try. I've had them in for a couple of weeks now, and have played them quite a bit at home, and two Sunday mornings with our church praise and worship team. So far I love them. I found that for my setup I needed to roll on some mids and roll off some lows, and I'm getting a much better sound than before. They cut through the mix better, are less boomy and vague, and more aggressive. I am loving the sound, and have no regrets. They are single coil, of course, so when I pan to either pickup they buzz, but that is expected. I am normally playing centered between the two.