The tonal nature of the NP5 is akin to that of its brother, the NP4. The reason for this close comparison in tone is a derivative of their angled pole design, which gives these pickups the totally loaded coil girth important in facilitating the hard hitting vibrational tenacity they have come to be known for. The NP5 produces a voice that is resonant of all the best aspects of precision-style playing, but is then able to go above and beyond the traditional P pickup with an aggressive, note sustaining integrity that will carry your sound farther than any standard P could ever dream. Although this pickup’s tone is not an exact clone of our standard NP4, it will certainly provide a flavor of P-style playing that is both nostalgic and edgy; putting forth a sonic kinesis that will prove any player’s loaded slap as poignant, dominating, and sometimes even profane.
Alnico V: all around brighter, punchier, and meaner (Standard).
19mm string spacing standard.
Laser cut, fiber bobbins.
Wax-potted to contain any unruly frequency that may attempt to desecrate your desired tone.
History: This pickup's unique impact was created out of the simple need to supply players with a 5-string P pickup. The angled pole design that gives this pickup its power and impact was implemented in order to fit as much wire onto the bobbin as possible. The tone that was bred from this alternate detail in fabrication permeated our ears within the first few seconds that the NP5 expressed its vigor, and so we kept its technicalities as they were so that its harangue could be heard by any 5-string player seeking classic P tone with an added salubrious grit.
*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: 2.26” (57.40 mm)
Width: 1.10” (27.94 mm)
Gilles Loes, Dan Lutz, Stew McKinsey
"Since I got my first Big Single loaded bass, all my basses got Nordstrand pickups exclusively. I am using the NP5, the BigRig, Big Singles and NJ5 sets. The NP5/BigRig set do help me to cut through ANY loud band. As for single coils, there is no better than BigSingles and NJ5!" - Gilles Loes