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Nordstrand vs John East for MM preamp

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by silky smoove, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

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    I'm using a Nordstrand MM4.2 in a Stingray build, and can't decide on the preamp.

    From my research and thread here on TB; John East's MMSR kind of has its own thing going, whereas the Nordstrand is very close to a vintage set, which is apparently from 1978 that Carey owns.

    Anybody done a direct comparison between these two preamps?
  2. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    I haven't directly A/B'd them but I have heard them in different basses. Both are really well executed and nail the classic Stingray sound.

    Just to clarify, John East built his by reverse engineering the preamp from a classic Musicman Sabre.
  3. narud

    narud Supporting Member

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    the nord and sgd's pre all were built using that same schematic as well. you probably cant go wrong with any of them and if youre handy with a soldering iron, just wire one up yourself using the unclefluffy boards. im currently using one in a 76 jazz and a 79 ray.
  4. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

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    Me and a soldering iron are not only incompatible, we're sworn enemies, haha.

    Sounds like I can't go wrong either way. I like the idea of a Nord and a Nord going together, but I also like, trivial though they may be, the center detents on the John East. The Nord is slightly cheaper than the 2-band East.

    I hate when things are so close. It makes my indecisive brain scream at my wallet.
  5. B String

    B String Supporting Member

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    I've checked out the Nordy MM pickup with the vintage preamp. I owned a 79 Stingray. The Nordy pickup and pre sound at least as good, actually a little better. A little thicker on the G string and cleaner low end. This might be just from using higher quality parts than the original preamp.
  6. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

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    I've owned both. The Nord is definitely more faithful to the original.
  7. maurilio

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

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    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - DR strings - Sadowsky - Genz Benz

    If by center detents you mean the tone pots have the "center flat position, it has to be a recent version or something.
    I just install a east MM pre for customer and there was no center detent on it (?)
  8. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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    yeah, my East MMSR preamp does not have any detents either...

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