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Nordstrand MM 4.2!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by T-Mac, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. T-Mac

    T-Mac Supporting Member

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    Hey folks,

    Early this week I installed a 2 pole 3 position switch into my Stingray SLO special. It has a Nordy MM 4.2 and a sweet 2 band EQ.

    Wiring it for series/parallel was a no brainer, but I wasn't sure what to do with the third position. I kicked around the idea of having an "off" position but decided what the heck...go for single coil. So I did, using the coil closest to the neck. I thought by the off chance that I do use this option, I'd get a little more signal and it wouldn't be quite so edgy and thin.

    Well, gig last night, and you can guess what position I used for 90% of the night....single coil! The band has twin 18" subs and stage sound can get a bit boomy. After setting up, I played a few notes in each switch position and thought SC was the best option so I sound checked with it with the band.

    OMG...awesome! I'll have to measure, but I think the neck coil is a bit closer to the nut than a Jazz bridge PUP, but not as close as a Jazz neck PUP. The thing was meaty and had some bite.

    Glad I didn't go with the "off" position!
  2. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

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    This is great, thanks for sharing!
  3. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered 8er Supporting Member

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    Very cool! Single-coil will have the most bite, for sure, but if you find yourself on a noisy stage, you'll be thankful for the parallel setting. Similar tone, though a bit more muted, but no hum.

    And series gets you into P-bass territory. :)

    It's really nice to have all three options.

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