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Nordstrand Dual Coil Question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by eddododo, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. eddododo

    eddododo Supporting Member

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    does anyone know how to tell if the nordy DC pickups i have are the series or the parallel winding?

    Thanks!

    They are for/from a Roscoe, perhaps that helps

    Thanks!
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Supporting Member

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    Can you measure the DC resistance with a meter?
  3. eddododo

    eddododo Supporting Member

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    Indeed i can, though post gig and when i unpack from moving e_e

    I'll see if i can find specs and compare, solid idea thanks
  4. maurilio

    maurilio Musician/tech at Mo's Shop and Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    on more recent sets there should be a labeling that says par or ser on the back.
    If not measure the resistance and let me know….
  5. eddododo

    eddododo Supporting Member

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    Meter is 'lost in the move' for now, but I'm certain they are the series version, as they came with them originally

    Does anyone have experience with this version used/switched in parallel and/or single?

    Thanks
  6. Fliptrique

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    whad do you need to know? I have my four wired ser/para/single and the five wired single inner / single oute / humbucking (the brighter one).

    AFAIK one of these is the series model and the other one is para - but I`m not 100% sure. Either way I use them in single coil mode 99% of the time - sounds great!
    They are relatively low output in that mode, but I don`t like loud pickups anyway.
  7. eddododo

    eddododo Supporting Member

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    Mostly curious about how the series version performs in parallel.. and single of course, but i expect the parallel to be more problematic? I expect the volume drop but is the parallel setup WEAK? Honky, nasally?

    I would likely, if the parallel sound is worth it, add a volume trimmer to take down the series sound closer to the parallel, if the latter isnt too anemic
  8. maurilio

    maurilio Musician/tech at Mo's Shop and Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    series wired to sc and par will have a lower output and a "flatter"/smooth less punchy sound.
    To someone it might translate as " anemic", too me sounds smoother, more open, less "harsh" highs.
    I think the more problematic would be the sc mode, kinda thin.
    Parallel will still have a certain fatness, deeper lows, scoop high mids and very smooth highs.

    as usual IME/O etc…..

    ultimately it depends greatly on the player and bass basic sound (wood combo/pups placement/preamp etc)
  9. Fliptrique

    Fliptrique

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    Listen for yourself:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f38/nordstrand-dual-coil-coil-switching-samples-971070/

    There is a HUGE volume difference between single coil and series. Paralell is much closer to single coil in both tone and volume - but still distincly different.

    All three are perfectly usable, but I`m simple guy and find the different single-coil settings more interesting than having two humbucking ones.
  10. eddododo

    eddododo Supporting Member

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    Thank you both!

    The reason im so hellbent on making this hard for myself is that the whole reason i got the nordys was that i wanted something a little different out of the roscoe, and it seems that the series is fairly similar to my barts already

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