The Big Split tone is one of both precision and muscularity. Its nature is of a sort of hybrid P/J character, only it delineates a smoother, stronger, and richer tonal palette. Given the extrapolated personality of its P/J sound, the Big Split is a top notch choice for both fretless playing and the Jazz Bass-on-steroids tone purist. The Big Split uses the same angled magnet layout as out the Big Single, only the coil is split after the D string. Through fitting as much wire as we could between two coils under a soap-bar cover, we have come up with a tone that is fat, clean, and stylistically game changing.
Split coil humbucking 5 string bass pickups.
Available as single neck or bridge pickup, or as a set.
Alnico V magnets.
Laser cut, fiber bobbins.
Wax-potted to contain any unruly frequency that may attempt to desecrate your desired tone.
Cover options:Standard spacing is 19mm ctc at the bridge.
Bartolini® P2 (4.27″ x 1.27″)
EMG40® (1.51″ x 4.02″)
History: The Big Split design comes from yet another tale of what others might think of as perfunctory whimsicality, but what we at Nordstrand like to think of as simply the madness in our meticulous methods. This pickup’s hybrid timbre was created when Jazz and Precision tone was accidentally dropped into our Sonic Superconducting Particle Collider. The result was sonic pulverization, an explosion of vibe and ventriloquistic parentage; for it was found thereafter that the best aspects of the P/J character seemed to speak through the Big Split, and thus this hybrid joined the ranks of our bass pickup arsenal.
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Amos Heller, Marc "Mulles" Muller, Tye Zamora, Kurt Blankenship, Antoine Franqueville-Roy, Paolo Costa
“I’ve been very impressed with the focused and precise sound of Nordstrand pickups. They give me a full sound that communicates the character of the bass with clarity.” - Amos Heller
"12 years of self-taught bass playing, several recordings and many gigs with different musicians/bands over these years I finally got introduced to these outstanding and unique instruments. I always wanted to keep things simple in my way of playing the bass, my sound. Nordstrand basses and Nordstrand pickups just let me play at rehearsals, gigs or in studios without ever losing this kind of satisfied feeling" - Marc "Mulles" Muller
I discovered Nordstrand through one of my bass teachers at MI, Mike Mennell who uses aSadowsky basses. He definitely influenced my decision to buy a Sadowsky, which came with Nordys in it. I use the NP/J 5 string configuration but have recently upgraded my bridge pickup to a Big Split (and I totally love it!!!) I’ve been using and preaching Nordstrand pickups for four years now, and totally dig it!! - Kurt Blankenship