Originally Posted by Slowgypsy
Beautiful bass! How do you like the MM pup on Toms instrument? Is it close to a Stingray sound... or something else?
It's a Nordstrand MM4.2. When I had the bass built, it was with a Tonestyler low pass filter, all passive. It proved to be a poor choice, (mine, not Tom's). I have since replaced the Tonestyler with a stacked active EMG B/T eq. Overall much better sound, to my ears, and more in the direction of a Musicman.
I can only compare it to a Ball Family reserve HH Stingray, with a mahogany neck, (not typical), and my recently acquired HH Bongo. I love the sound of my Clement, I just don't think I would ever mistake it for a Musicman in a blind test. It's likely a combination of the Nordstrand's own character, my pup placement, which seems to be in-between a typical MM placement, and a solid walnut body. So it's in the same quadrant as a MM, but still it's own thing....
I do love me some Tonestyler, they just seem to be very particular in their application. They seem to work best with single coils, and of a specific impedance range, which I have yet to figure out.