Originally Posted by rheohead
Can you please tell us what the result of your pickup swap was?
I am thinking of doing the exact same thing to my 44-02 (w/Barts) with the exact same pickups. Even down to reversing the active/passive switch so passive mode is in the down position.
Also, is your Lakland maple or rosewood fretboard?
Sorry I didn't see this question until now.
If it's at all still relevant, the answer is the fingerboard is maple.
I still very much like the tone of the Nordstrand pickups and my only issue is with the lack of grounding on the pole pieces on the MM4.4 pickup. I contacted Nordstrand and spoke with them and as it turns out, there is nothing wrong with my pickup rather, they intentionally (for some reason) don't ground the pole pieces in the pickup.
The problem is every time your finger makes contact with a pole piece, you get little buzz in your sound. Not a huge problem, but annoying and something that I wouldn't expect from a premium pickup maker either.
Their suggestion was to remove the pickup and get shielding foil, and from the bottom of the pickup solder the ground to the shielding and adhere it to the bottom of the poles then, reinstall the pickup.
Another suggestion from somewhere on the web was to remove the cover of the pickup and spray a thin clear-coat over the poles. . .
Either way, a pain in the ass and not something that I'm inclined to do myself.