The 51P5 is a tried and true reproduction of an original P style pickup. Its vintage characteristics are amped up with an uncompromising plane of thump and slap, which adds a slight bit of impact to the reminiscence of original P bass tone that this pickup has been carefully designed to deliver. With a choice in either alnico III or V, the player can take the magnetic aspect of tonal customization into their own hands. Alnico III will provide a slightly delicate character to the classic P tone, all the while alnico V upholds this classic tone with its punch, clarity, and equalizing impact between the high, mid, and low frequencies. This pickup is great for a variety of styles, catalyzing originality in modern slap techniques while still providing ballast to R&B type styles.
Alnico V: all around brighter, punchier, and meaner (Standard).
Raw pickup without cover.
Laser cut, fiber bobbins.
Wax-potted to contain any unruly frequency that may attempt to desecrate your desired tone.
History: If this pickup has any especially defining or significant characteristic, it would have to be the monstrous thump that lies between its low and midrange. This thump is a derivative of its curious origin. You see, in order to successfully reproduce an original P style pickup, we had to anthropomorphize the sound that occurs when you take a vintage P bass and whack your pretentious front man with it: "Thump!" Thus, Thump was conceived, which meant that the technicians at Nordstrand had to talk Thump into getting into the 51P. After some convincing, Thump soon obliged. Without the drive, diligence, and cooperation demonstrated by Thump, we wouldn't have the vintage sound that Thump hosts within the confines of the 51P5.
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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.