Combining Nordstrand NJ4SE and NJ4SV

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  1. bassburton

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    So, I've been looking at a replacement for my Jazz Bass's Pickups, and am quite interested in the Norstrand pickups. I came acroos the NJ4S(E/V) sets and am curious about any one combining the too. Has it been done? How does it sound?
  2. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

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    I would like to know as well.
  3. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Previously rootsnfifths Supporting Member

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    +1 here. Been considering a swap of my Fender Jaco J bass pups
  4. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    Never tried the combo, but it could make sense if you like a thicker/punchier bridge (se) and a smoother/cleaner neck (sv).
    Not sure I'd like the reverse combo

    M
  5. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

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    I think ultimately it depends on the combined sounds...how well do they blend?
  6. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Previously rootsnfifths Supporting Member

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    And that is the question right there.

    Bassburton are you dropping them in a bass with a pre or are we talking passive?

    I have heard that the NJ4SE were better suited for non-passive basses. Now I have no hands(ears)-on experience but someone around here said the NJ4 were a better choice for the passive beasts out there compared to the SE/SV.

    Any thoughts?
  7. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    ? I always wonder where those "voices" come from here on TB.
    That's the first I hear about Nordstrand pups.
    All of the Nord pups will work perfectly fine in passive, and I'm not just saying it because I work for Nordstrand, but I have a very extended experience since the beginning of Carey adventure, way before I started working for him.
    Still not a big deal of a problem. All of the NJ's model work very fine passive. I have never mixed these models. The only way you can know how they work for sure is to try it :smug:

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  8. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Previously rootsnfifths Supporting Member

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    Thanks for your opinion on those Nordies. I had hoped the SE/SV would be a viable option for my fretless.
  9. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    IMO
    I like the SE better for fretless…..
  10. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Previously rootsnfifths Supporting Member

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    Cool, I was leaning that way. I also had the thought of putting an SE in the bridge and NJ4 in the neck position...a similar question to what the OP originally asked.

    It is interesting to hear an opinion from someone who has worked with a certain product.
    I worked for Hartke Systems for quite a while and have a nice insight into their speaker systems and amplification. You get to see quality control, R&D and testing at a magified level, if you know what I mean.;)

    Now if I can find a used set of NJ4SE's out there!
  11. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    :)

    I would not combine a single coil with a humcan, you'll always have hum no matter what (well beside when you use the humcan alone, of course).

    You could mix the SV (which is very close to the Jsc) with the SE…

    M
  12. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Previously rootsnfifths Supporting Member

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    I see. With the SV sounding more like the neck pup NJ4, that combo would be closer to what I was imagining originally.

    I am trying out a Duncan SJB-2 in the bridge pos. mixed with the stock neck pup and it IS more noisy than I started with. I do like it better than stock but I think I would like to try either the SV/SE combo or all SE.

    Thanks again
  13. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

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    I've went ahead and done it! It sounds great!

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