Nordstrand pickup swap, worth it?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bassplaynbaiken, Apr 3, 2014.


  1. bassplaynbaiken

    bassplaynbaiken

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    I recently bought a Godin with a p/j configuration. I love the way the bass feels and dig the tone I get as well, but in all but one setting (p pickups spilt coil position) I get a pretty nasty hum.
    I've been looking at nordstrand pickups because I love the way they sound in other high end bases I've heard and they offer noiseless varieties. And I figure if I'm going to go through the trouble of changing out the pickups, I'd like to get even better tone in the end.
    My questions are: could I expect noticeably better tone over the stock Seymour Duncans? Is the noise canceling a sure thing? Is it worth the $295 plus repair fee on an $800 bass? Appreciate the feedback!
     
  2. bassplaynbaiken

    bassplaynbaiken

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    I think the pickups might actually be Godin's own design, not seymour duncans.
     
  3. Itzayana

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    Personally I wouldn't spend $300 on an $800 dollar bass thus making it an $1100 bass that I might only be able to get $400 for. Unless there was some kind of special sentimental reason that compelled me to keep the thing, I would get rid of it and go find a bass that I really liked just the way it is.
     
  4. rojo412

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    The J pickup is producing the hum. Any humcancelling J pickup will fix that issue.
    Nordys are nice pickups, but if you want to spend less, there are plenty of other options.
     
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  6. blindrabbit

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    Speaking as someone who has owned and played a Shifter Classic, I never found the hum to be that bad. That said, it would be an easy enough fix, as has been mentioned above. Swap out the single coil J for a hum cancelling J, and leave the existing P in there. You should be able to pick up a used hum cancelling J for well under $100 here in the classifieds - even new $100 would do it - and then sell the one you pull out. Even if you only get $20 for it, you are still easily under $100 for the whole deal.

    IMO, it is a nice enough bass that if that is the only thing getting in the way of you fully enjoying it, the <$100 cost is worth the investment.

    P.S. They are Godin's own pickups, and are ceramics. As far as I know and have heard, SD had nothing to do with them.
     
  7. bassplaynbaiken

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    Thanks for everyone's input. I'm looking at the hum debugger pedal right now as my possible best move. It's under$100 used and I wouldn't have to mess with a nice bass, plus I could also use it on my 71 Gibson sb400, which has been sitting in my closest because it's got some serious hum issues.
     

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