Love your hi-gain Rickenbacker™ 4003 bridge pickup, but feel like the neck pickup is a little lo-gain? Here is your answer! 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 can now be found in your neck pickup to keep up with the gutsy stock bridge pickup. As an added bonus, with this Big Single your bass won't have 60 cycle hum when you run both pickups together. Can you say bolder sound with less noise?!
Laser cut vulcanized fiber bobbins.
Potted in a paraffin-beeswax mix to contain any unruly frequency that may attempt to desecrate your desired tone
Classic Big Single in Rickenbacker size.
Slightly shorter magnet spacing, which makes for a thicker coil and thus a higher inductance. BOOM TIME!
History: For the debut of Nordstrand’s latest and greatest (though some would say blasphemous) release, this reporter of sonic salubrity interviewed Adrian Smith, the progenitor of this hell raising idea. He had much this to say about the cognitive turns which led him to the blueprint that eventually became the NordenBocker, and it is definitely in the interest of the player to take a look at what this mad scientist has to say:
“‘Modification?! On such a potent yet illogical gem of weird, probably accidental creation?! BLASPHEMER!’ Yes yes, I know. But I did! So, why would I put Big Single neck pickup in my Rickenbacker 4003 bass? The reasoning is threefold:
1) To hum-cancel with the bridge pickup. 2) More output from the neck pickup. 3) My bass, my choice!
From the factory, the stock pickups are wound in the same direction with the same polarity. This is unlike a Jazz bass, so the pickups never hum-cancel, even when both are set to equal levels. Does 60 cycle hum bother me? Not really, but for noisy gigs this can be beneficial. My first thought was to do the RWRP mod to the bridge pickup, which involves flipping the magnet and swapping the hot and ground wires.
Easy enough, but my second issue is the weak stock neck pickup. Oh sure, diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks notwithstanding, but for my own tonal goals, the neck pickup just doesn't have enough guts to it. I play loud metal through a big amp, so in this case, more is indeed more. Since I always bypass the vintage tone capacitor on the bridge pickup anyhow, the neck pickup just can't keep up. Also, the stock bridge sounds great already, so why mess with it?
The third reason is about options. I love the way this bass feels and plays. But I can't ever leave well enough alone, and modify my basses to fit my own personal whatever. At the very least, it's fun! Sure, my tone is in my fingers, but it's also in changing things around to suit that thing that I do. And to the purists, if you'd like to see the rest of my bass collection, you'll notice I also have a passive Stingray. THE HORROR!”
*Not exactly what you are looking for? Email the shop directly or call the shop at: 909-790-2548 to find out about our many custom pickup options.
Alnico III magnets differ from Alnico V in that they are warmer with a softer character. Think of them like a 60’s J style sound taken even further down the warm and fat path. Alnico V by contrast is brighter, cleaner and punchier, and will have a more wiry, stringy character. As another example, we’d recommend A3 for fretless or a fat 60’s Jaco type thing and A5 is great for a modern slap type thing or an R and B sound.
Alnico V comes standard.
To order the AlNiCo III version, add the pickup(s) to cart above and then click here to add the custom magnet type.
Length: 3.99” (101.35 mm)
Width: 1.27” (32.36 mm)
Length: 3.52” (89.41 mm)
Width: 1.51” (38.35 mm)
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