The NJ4 will leave you breathless with the splintering snap and grind of its hardwired midrange that can only be tamed by the norepinephrine of its euphoric high end. This is a vintage style single coil pickup made with 60s era correct Heavy Formvar wire, a choice of alnico III or V magnets, and wound with a programmable CNC winder that simulates a vintage hand wound pattern. The combination of the HF wire in correspondence with the simulated hand wind produces the pickup's lowered resonant peak, which is the source of the hypnotizing ambrosia that is the NJ4's divine high end. Between its high and low end frequencies, this pickup produces a full-bodied sound that replicates the drive synonymous with 60s vintage tone.
Alnico V: all around brighter, punchier, and meaner (Standard).
Available with an alternative 70s wind, featuring enamel wire and a lower wind count than the traditional 60s wind. In choosing this particular specification, the player can expect a more aggressive, enhanced top end with a tight bottom.
Drop-in J replacement pickup.
19mm string spacing standard.
Available in black plastic covers.
Laser cut bobbins wound with Era Correct Heavy Formvar wire, or plain enamel for 70s wind.
Wax-potted to contain any unruly frequency that may attempt to desecrate your desired tone
History: Though the NJ4 does indeed resonate with the vintage 60s-style tone described, the roots of its initial design and ever extrapolating refinement lies in our prospects of providing the player with a traditional vintage-style versatility that is tailored to taste; the choice in magnet type and wind geometry making every difference when it comes to the birthplace of an artist's desired tone.
*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: 3.73” (94.74 mm)
Width: .72” (18.29 mm)
Length: 3.60” (91.44 mm)
Width: .72” (18.29 mm)
“I use the NJ4 60s Single Coils and then the “70s wind” version for my two Jazz basses. I chose Nordstrand for the reputation and after talking to Carey I was confident he could help me achieve the sound I had in my head. These pickups sound amazing!…just what I was looking for. I couldn’t be happier with the selection and am honored to have them in a couple of my basses.” - Rich Brinsfield
“The Nordstrand is my Secret Weapon… Its the Best’ - Bill Reynolds