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Nordstrand

Nordstrand

Nordstrand pickups was founded by Carey Nordstrand with the goal to build pickups, and electronics for their own personal builds and to inspire others in their musical pursuits.

Carey's view on building, both electronics and guitars, is simple. It boils down to skill, experience, and ingeniuity and not some 'voodoo' or 'magic'. Many of the experienced building skills come from years in the music industry. Carey Nordstrand has worked in high profile shops including Azola Basses, and Suhr Guitars. The experienced gained at these locations is what laid the framework for the inqenuity that Nordstrand uses in their current lineup.

Offering both pickups and 2 or 3-band onboard preamps, Nordstrand grew from only a small group of individuals, to a full scale production company employing a tight knit group of skilled professionals.

Their pickups are built on a vintage paradigm. What this translates to is a pickup that will have a great deal of warmth in contrast to the modern-hi design. Their pickups utilize vintage spec'd components including Alnico V magnets that create a very open and responsive pickup to highlight the players the dynamics in the players attack.

Nordstrand produces a wide array of pickups in standard Jazz Bass, and P-Bass styles for 4 and 5-String as well as their unique signature designs including sizes for Bartolini BC, P2, P4, and EMG 35,40, and 45. They are also able to handle custom pickup orders. This is not a service you would commonly find in a pickup manufacturer. They can over, underwind, and even build neck and bridge sets that utlized custom spaced pole pieces for your personal build.

Their preamps are a unique solution to those in search of further tonal manipulation of their sound. Combined with Nordstrand pickups, the 2-band or 3-band preamp is their to assist in tone shaping and not injecting its own personality. Their design uses high quality Op-Amp's (IC's) to allow tone shaping without contouring the natural feel of your pickups. When the EQ is set flat and toggled between active and passive their is little to any noticeable changes in town albeit a small amount of gain increase.

Nordstrand pickups and preamps can be found on such high end boutique builders including Sadowsky, Valenti, Roscoe, Modulus, Brubaker, Clement, Mayones, Mike Lull, Jerome Little, Overwater, New York Bass Works, SEI, Stambaugh, Wilkins, and Tino Tedesco. You can also find Nordstrand electronics on O.E manufacturers models from Ibanez, and Warwick as well.

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Question: Where Can I Buy Nordstrand?

Answer: You can buy these from Best Bass Gear by Calling 877-839-3531 or Emailing us at sales@bestbassgear.com or chatting with our Bass Techs

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  1. Nordstrand 2B+ 2-Band Bass Preamp (with 2 EQ Pots)

    $88.50
    2B+ 2 band bass preamp with 2 eq pots
    New for 2017!2b+ 2-Band Preamp with 2 EQ PotsThe new 2 band boost only preamp offers flexibility, practical simplicity, and amazing tone shaping potential. Offering more boost than our standard 2 band preamp the 2B+...
  2. Nordstrand 2B+4b 2-Pickup 4-Knob 2-Band Vol P/P - Bl - Treb - Bass

    $163.50
    PREWIRED 2B+4a: 2 band bass preamp with volume (pull passive), blend, treble, and bass
    New for 2017!PREWIRED 2B+4b: 2 band bass preamp with volume (pull passive), blend, treble, and bassThe new 2 band boost only preamp offers flexibility, practical simplicity, and amazing tone shaping potential. Offering...
  3. Nordstrand 2B+4c 2-Pickup 4-Knob 2-Band Vol P/P - Bl - Tone - Treb/Bass Stack

    $163.50
    PREWIRED 2B+4c: 2 band bass preamp with volume (pull passive), blend, tone, and treble on bass (stack)
    New for 2017!PREWIRED 2B+4c: 2 band bass preamp with volume (pull passive), blend, tone, and treble on bass (stack)The new 2 band boost only preamp offers flexibility, practical simplicity, and amazing tone shaping...
  4. Nordstrand 2B+3a 1-Pickup 3-Knob 2-Band Vol P/P - Treb - Bass

    $156.00
    PREWIRED 2B+3a: 2 band bass preamp with volume (pull passive), treble, and bass
    New for 2017!PREWIRED 2B+3a: 2 band bass preamp with volume (pull passive), treble, and bassThe new 2 band boost only preamp offers flexibility, practical simplicity, and amazing tone shaping potential. Offering more...
  5. Nordstrand 2B+3b 2-Pickup 3-Knob 2-Band Vol P/P - Bl - Treb/Bass Stack

    $163.50
    PREWIRED 2B+3b: 2 band bass preamp with volume (pull passive), blend, and treble/bass stack
    New for 2017!PREWIRED 2B+3b: 2 band bass preamp with volume (pull passive), blend, and treble/bass stackThe new 2 band boost only preamp offers flexibility, practical simplicity, and amazing tone shaping potential....
  6. Nordstrand Power Blade 4 string P style Set

    $128.00
    Nordstrand Power Blade 4 string P style Set
    The Power Blade This pickup is the latest addition to our blade arsenal. With its thick steel blade, optimized wind, and ceramic magnets providing an authoritative low-end punch, the Power Blade will distribute a forcefield of fat slap fury...
  7. Nordstrand Big SplitMan 4 String Quad Coil Pickup

    $216.00
    The Nordstrand Big SplitMan 4 will not disappoint those who practice the art of manipulating large and unruly tone.
    Big SplitMan 4 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. Its composition is essentially two Big Splits under the same cover,...
  8. Nordstrand Big SplitMan

    $216.00 - $260.00
    Nordstrand Big SplitMan will not disappoint those who practice the art of manipulating large and unruly tone.
    Nordstrand Big SplitMan - 5 String 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. Its composition is essentially two Big Splits...
  9. Nordstrand Big BladeMan

    $169.00 - $204.00
    Nordstrand Big BladeMan
    Nordstrand Big BladeMan Beware - this pickup emits an unsettling amount of raw power, creating the possibility that those who wield the Big BladeMan may engage in band practices and performances that may singe the frayed ends of corrosive...
  10. Nordstrand Nordenbocker Pickup

    $113.00
    Nordbacker - Rickenbacker Replacement The classic Nordstrand Big Single is now available in Rickenbacker size, a drop-in replacement that fits without marring your bass. It even uses your stock pickup screws. Louder and more aggressive tones...
  11. Nordstrand BigRig 6 String

    $156.00 - $312.00
    Nordstrand BigRig 6 String
    BigRig The BigRig 6 is a pickup came about very organically, as a result of a conversation with bassist Alberto Rigoni. A dual 51 P style pickup, one pole per string, was the initial concept, but offset pole pieces are iconic for Nordstrand....
  12. Nordstrand BigRig 5 String

    $131.00 - $260.00
    Nordstrand BigRig 5 String
    BigRig The BigRig 5 is a pickup came about very organically, as a result of a conversation with bassist Alberto Rigoni. A dual 51 P style pickup, one pole per string, was the initial concept, but offset pole pieces are iconic for Nordstrand....
  13. Nordstrand DC5 Roscoe 5 String P2 Size Parallel Wind Dual Coil Set

    $328.00
    5 string Dual Coil Parallel Wind P2 Size Bass Pickup Set (For Roscoe)
    These pickups are available in two different versions. One set is designed to be wired in parallel, and the other is designed to be wired in series. The reason we do this is that a pickup that is made to sound good wired parallel will usually be too...
  14. Nordstrand 2B-3a 1-Pickup 3-Knob 2-Band Vol P/P A/P - Treb - Bass

    $156.00
    2-band, 1-pickup, 3-knob Volume (Push/Pull Active-Passive) - Treble - Bass
    Nordstrand 2B-3a Control Configuration Volume (Push/Pull Active-Passive) Treble Bass Technical Specifications Overall Gain: +/- 10db by a trim pot on the module Treble: ...
  15. Nordstrand 2B-4a 2-Pickup 4-Knob 2-Band Vol P/P A/P - Vol - Treb - Bass

    $163.50
    2-pickup, 2-band, 4-knob Volume (Push/Pull Active-Passive) - Volume - Treble - Bass
    Nordstrand 2B-4a Control Configuration Volume (Push/Pull Active-Passive) Volume Treble Bass Technical Specifications Overall Gain: +/- 10db by a trim pot on the module Treble: ...
  16. Nordstrand NJ4 4 String Jazz Bass Single Coil

    $84.00 - $164.00
    *Standard and Custom Sets and Singles*
    NJ4 Single Coil Jazz Bass Pickups for 4 String Basses Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.NJ4 60's Wind This is a vintage single...
  17. Nordstrand Big J-Blade Series

    $169.00 - $204.00
    Nordstrand Big J-Blade Series Pickups
    Big J-Blades The newest addition to our line of original Signature pickups, the Big J-Blade is Jazz-style single coil pickup, with a continuous sensing blade offered in two different winds to provide the style of tone specific to the individual...
  18. Nordstrand 4-String Fat Stacks

    $109.00 - $216.00
    Fat Stacks Stacked Coil Humcancelling Soapbar pickups for 4 String sizes These are a proprietary Nordstrand design. The traditional bi-pole magnet layout was, literally, twisted in a new direction. By rotating the pole 45 degrees...
  19. Nordstrand BigRig 4 String

    $109.00 - $216.00
    Nordstrand BigRig 4 String
    BigRig The BigRig 4 is a pickup came about very organically, as a result of a conversation with bassist Alberto Rigoni. A dual 51 P style pickup, one pole per string, was the initial concept, but offset pole pieces are iconic for Nordstrand....
  20. Nordstrand Big Blades - Warm & Wooly Tone

    $91.50 - $284.00
    Warm & Wooly Tone
    Big Blades 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...
  21. Nordstrand Zen Blades

    $109.00 - $312.00
    Nordstrand Zen Blade
    Nordstrand Zen Blade The Spectral Center : a pickup that exists in the Tao of tone. The sidewinding Zen Blade mimics the voice of a sonic Buddha, centering the player on a plane of echoed clarity, while delegating a fluid rip, pop,...
  22. Nordstrand 2B+4a 2-Pickup 4-Knob 2-Band Vol P/P P/P - Vol - Bass - Treb

    $163.50
    PREWIRED 2B+4a – 2 band bass preamp with volume (pull passive), volume, bass and treble
    New for 2017!PREWIRED 2B+4a: 2 band bass preamp with volume (pull passive), volume, bass and trebleThe new 2 band boost only preamp offers flexibility, practical simplicity, and amazing tone shaping potential. Offering...
  23. Nordstrand 4 String SE and SV Jazz Bass Humbucking

    $121.00 - $240.00
    *Standard and Custom Sets and Singles*
    NJ4 Split Coil Split Coil Humcancelling Jazz Bass Pickups for 4 String Basses Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.NJ4SE These are...
  24. Nordstrand 4 String P Bass Pickups (Humbucking)

    $123.00
    NP4 Split Coil Split Coil Humcancelling Precision Bass Pickups for 4 String Basses Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.NP4 This...
  25. Nordstrand 4 String P/J Sets

    $205.00 - $252.00
    *P/J Sets for your 4 String P Bass*
    P/J Sets Split Coil Humcancelling Precision Bass Pickup for the Neck Position and Jazz Bass Bridge Pickup for 4 String Basses Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.NPJ4 NP4...
  26. Nordstrand 5 String Jazz Bass Single Coil

    $96.00 - $198.00
    *Sets and Singles for your 5 String Basses*
    NJ5 Single Coil 5 String Jazz Bass Pickups Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.NJ5 Single coil 5 String jazz bass pickups Five...
  27. Nordstrand 5 String Jazz Bass Humbucking

    $127.00 - $252.00
    NJ5S Split Coil Humcancelling 5 String Jazz Bass Pickups Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.NJ5S Split coil 5 String jazz bass pickup These...
  28. Nordstrand 6 String Jazz Bass

    $123.00 - $302.00
    6 String Jazz Style Pickups Uniquely sized 6 String Jazz Style pickups Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.NJ6 Single coil 6 string jazz-type...
  29. Nordstrand 5 String P Bass Pickups (Humbucking)

    $131.00
    NP5 Split Coil Humcancelling 5 String Precision Bass Pickups Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.NP5F 5 String Fender® Precision Pickup This...
  30. Nordstrand 5 String P/J Sets

    $226.00 - $257.00
    *P/J Sets for your 5 String P Bass*
    P/J Split Coil Humcancelling Precision Bass Pickup for the Neck Position and Jazz Bass Bridge Pickup for 5 String Basses Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.NPJ5 NP5...
  31. Nordstrand 4 String 51 P Bass

    $78.00 - $123.00
    '51 Precision Original 4 string P style pickup Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.51P4 Original 4 string P style pickup This...
  32. Nordstrand 5 String 51 P bass

    $93.00 - $131.00
    '51 Precision Bass Pickups Original 5 String Precision Bass pickup Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.51P5 Original 5 String Precision...
  33. Nordstrand NM4 4 String Mustang Size Split Coil Pickup

    $80.00
    4 string Split Coil Mustang Bass Pickup
    Do you have a Mustang bass languishing in a closet because of flat and uninspiring tone? Nordstrand Pickups' new NM4 4 string Mustang replacement bass pickup uses our proprietary angled pole piece technology to deliver the largest coil and maximum...
  34. Nordstrand 4 String Musicman

    $114.00 - $149.04
    4 String MusicMan® Pickups Replacement pickups for 4 String MusicMan® bass guitars Please check the physical size of the pickups you want to replace to make sure the replacements fit properly.MM 4.2 Humbucking...
  35. Nordstrand 5 String Musicman

    $121.00 - $149.00
    MusicMan 5 String Humbucking 5 string Music Man®-type bass pickups MM 5.2 Humbucking (dual coil) 5 string Music Man® bass pickups A 5 string version of the otherwise identical MM4.2, itself an accurate...
  36. Nordstrand Big Splits

    $109.00 - $312.00
    Big Splits Split Coil Humcancelling Soapbar pickups for 4, 5, & 6 String sizes These are a split coil version of the Big Single. They are very close to the Big Single tonally with a full rich pallette. They use the same...
  37. Nordstrand Big Singles

    $88.00 - $274.00
    *Soapbar sized Single Coil*
    Big Singles Single Coil Soapbar pickups for 4, 5, & 6 String sizes These pickups are all about huge, full, loud, aggressive single coil tone. They use the same magnet layout as the Fat Stack, and the resultantly big coil...
  38. Nordstrand 5 and 6-String Fat Stacks

    $131.00 - $312.00
    Fat Stacks Stacked Coil Humcancelling Soapbar pickups for 5, & 6 String sizes These are a proprietary Nordstrand design. The traditional bi-pole magnet layout was, literally, twisted in a new direction. By rotating the...
  39. Nordstrand Jazz Bars

    $84.00 - $240.00
    Jazz Bar Soap Bar Jazz Style Bass Pickups for 4, 5, & 6 String sizes the jazz bar pickup line (jb series) makes available all the standard nordstrand jazz style pickups in the most popular soapbar size covers. Jazz...
  40. Nordstrand Bigman

    $173.00 - $216.00
    BigMan 2 Big Singles in a MM Cover This BigMan pickup is the result of a questionable hair brained idea. Named after the fellow that had said hair brained idea (and the very imposing nature it possesses) the BigMan pickup is not...
  41. Nordstrand Dingwall FD3

    $152.00 - $336.00
    FD3 Soap Bar Offset Split Coil Bass Pickups for 4, 5, & 6 String sizes These pickups are a result of a conversation Carey had with Sheldon Dingwall shortly after the 2013 namm show. The idea was to offer the great unique pickups...
  42. Nordstrand Big Blades - Clean and Clear Tone

    $91.50 - $284.00
    Clean & Clear Tone
    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...
  43. Nordstrand CND for Ibanez Replacements

    $118.04 - $168.20
    *Replacement Pickups for Ibanez Basses*
    This pickup is sized perfectly for replacement of "Carey Nordstrand Designed" pickups that are found on some Ibanez basses. These pickups do not include a plastic cover. You will need to use the original pickup cover that is found on the bass. Some...
  44. Nordstrand 3/16" Thick Acrylic Precision Size Template

    $9.00
    Intended for 4, 5, and 6 String P Bass Pickups
    Clear Acrylic Routing Templates Dimensions - roughly 4" X 6", Thickness - 3/16" Routing Template designed for Precision "P" Pickups *Please Note: The dimensions of the opening of the template...
  45. Nordstrand 3/16" Thick Acrylic Jazz S Size Template

    $9.00
    Intended for 4, and some 5 String Jazz Bass Neck Pickups
    Clear Acrylic Routing Templates Dimensions - roughly 4" X 6", Thickness - 3/16" Routing Template designed for 4 String and some 5 String Jazz Neck Pickups *Please Note: The dimensions of the...
  46. Nordstrand 3/16" Thick Acrylic BC Size Template

    $9.00
    Intended for BC Size Soapbar Pickups
    Clear Acrylic Routing Templates Dimensions - roughly 4" X 6", Thickness - 3/16" Routing Template designed for Bartolini BC, Nordstrand 4 String BC Soapbar pickups, and others *Please Note: The...
  47. Nordstrand 3/16" Thick Acrylic Jazz L Size Template

    $9.00
    Intended for 4, and some 5 String Jazz Bass Bridge Pickups
    Clear Acrylic Routing Templates Dimensions - roughly 4" X 6", Thickness - 3/16" Routing Template designed for 4 String and some 5 String Jazz Bridge Pickups *Please Note: The dimensions of...
  48. Nordstrand 3/16" Thick Acrylic Jazz AS L Size Template

    $9.00
    Intended for American Standard Size Jazz Bridge Pickups
    Clear Acrylic Routing Template- American Std. Neck Sizing Dimensions - roughly 4" X 6", Thickness - 3/16" This routing template is designed for Bartolini 57S Bridge Pickup, All Delano American Standard Jazz 5-String...
  49. Nordstrand 3/16" Thick Acrylic DL5(MusicMan Xtend) Size Template

    $9.00
    Intended for DL5 Size Extended MusicMan Pickups
    Clear Acrylic Routing Templates Dimensions - roughly 4" X 6", Thickness - 3/16" Routing Template designed for Bartolini DL5, Delano MC5, & Nordstrand MusicMan "Lakland" and "OLP" pickups *Please...
  50. Nordstrand 3/16" Thick Acrylic MV(Ernie Ball MM) Size Template

    $9.00
    Intended for MV Ernie Ball Size MusicMan Pickups
    Clear Acrylic Routing Templates Dimensions - roughly 4" X 6", Thickness - 3/16" Routing Template designed for Bartolini MV, Delano MC5EB (Ernie Ball Size), Norstrand MM5 (without screw ears), & Seymour Duncan SMB-5a. ...

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Where Can I Buy Nordstrand?

Answer: You can buy these from Best Bass Gear by Calling 877-839-3531 or Emailing us at sales@bestbassgear.com or chatting with our Bass Techs

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