New PJ bass needs pups. fralin v nordy

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passive PJ set

  1. Lindy Fralin vintage P 10% over split J

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  2. Nordstrand NPJ4SE

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    31.6%
  3. DiMarzio DP 126 set

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  4. Farm raised cage free carrots

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    15.8%
  1. RedLeg

    RedLeg Supporting Member

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    Hello all. I just ordered my birthday present. It will be a warmoth mahogany P/J bass with an all rosewood neck. The J is in the 70's location. I am keeping it passive and am lookin at 3 sets of pickups.

    1. Lindy Fralin vintage P with 10% over split J
    2. Nordstrand NPJ4SE
    and to show that expensive isnt everything
    3. DiMarzio DP126 set

    I want this bass to do 2 things really well; 3 if you add "not be lightweight!"
    a. Jamerson thump
    b. Obnoxious Jaco

    Of course I am always open to suggestions!

    Cheers:hyper:
     
  2. peteybass

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    IMHO the Fralins are great. You get that P thump with a bit more range and the overwound J does the Jaco thing really well.
    My experience with the Nordstrand NPJ4SE set was a good blend in P/J mode but the P and J sound was too much for me and not natural sounding. This was with a Delano pre but even passive sounded artificial but blended was great.
     
  3. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

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    Of those 3 I would go with DiMarzio.

    Look at the Aguilar PJ set too.
     
  4. svtb15

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    I voted Lindy Fralin vintage... Just great pickups. .I do not like any of the Norstrad pickups. They all seem to have a grindy, harsh edginess that I dont think is very usable in critical situations..
    Fralins are great!!!
    Dimarizo's are a bit hotter.. But in general they have a nice smooth and punchy tone with a good mid push... And they are easily wired in different configs...
    But to get a nice round and fat set, that has plenty of output id say Lindy Fralin vintage
     
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  6. maurilio

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

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    Interesting, I had that exact experience but reverse. I did like the fralin, but I though they were too 'grindy' and loose in the lows.
    Btw Nordstrand can over/down wind any of their pup...
     
  7. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Just a BassGuy! Gold Supporting Member

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    One of my P-Js has a Fralin set with the 10% overwound J pup. Fattened the bridge pup nicely. I couldn't be happier.
     
  8. aproud1

    aproud1 I don't feel tardy? Gold Supporting Member

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    For a singel p pickup I love the fralins but for a P/J set the Nordies are the bomb. I haven't had a lot of luck with most p/j sets. Most being not great or passable but the nordstrands play very well together. YMMV
     
  9. RedLeg

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    I thank you all. Stay tuned for NBD in about 6-8 weeks!
     
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    Freddels Musical Anarchist Supporting Member

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    I putting together a P/J and after much thought I decided on the Aguilar P/J set.
     
  11. George Himmel

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    If it were a fiver, I'd go with the Nordies, but since it's 4-strings, I'd recommend the Fralins. The clincher is in the P-pickup, of which I think both builders make superlative examples, but the Fralin 4 is better, and the Nordy 5 is (IMO) the greatest five-string P-pickup devised by the hands and minds of mortal men.
     
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    Nordstrand is the best product available, imo
     
  13. StrangerDanger

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    I like the jazz sets but the P was just meh to me.
     
  14. RedLeg

    RedLeg Supporting Member

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    Been kicking around the idea of going with a dimarzio area p and area j combo. Anyone have experience with these?
     
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    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

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    I really like the area j's.
     
  16. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

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    I've limited experience with Fralins, but today I just installed a NP5 in a bass and I think it's the best 5 string P pickup I've ever heard.
     
  17. RedLeg

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    For the money I think the area PJ combo is worth a looking at. I am over budget on the warmoth project and the wife is letting me know!
     
  18. jim777

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    I love Fralins but I put a DiMarzio DP 126 set in an old Fernandes bass maybe 2 years ago and that bass sounds fantastic now, though it is still a little difficult to play :) But you get a really nice set of pickups in the DP126 set for what I consider very little money (for a new set of pickups).
     
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    How do they sound? Not many reviews out there on the Aggies. I'd love to hear an Aggie vs Nordy comparision.

     
  20. rigorous bass

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    Aguilar!! Does everything you are wanting really well. Check them out. I just turned my MIM P Bass Special into a tone monster from heaven! I like them better than the Fralins on my Lakland JO. A little more aggressive but in a good way. Very musical pickups.!
     
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    I agree with you. I replaced my Fender Am St P Bass pickup with a Nordstrand and immediately put the original back. The Nord sounds a little too tamed and compressed to me. Lacks that original p bass grind.
     

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