Nordstrand vs original stingray pickup question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by YDN, Jan 11, 2014.


  1. YDN

    YDN

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    Hey. i picked up an 86 stingray a while back and it has had the original pickup swapped out for a nordstrand mm4.2 (the replicated pre ernie ball pickup.) i have the original pick up and am tempted to put it back in. I was just wondering if anyone has had a chance to play with both and what tonal differences and similarities each one has? any help or advice is appreciated! thanks.
  2. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

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    More sharp highs with the oem model, more mids with the Nord. The Nord complements the 2 band eq nicely, I preferred the stock pickup with the three band eq.
  3. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    Nordstrand is based on the old vintage sound, if that's what you dig then keep it in there :)
  4. StefanMarinov

    StefanMarinov

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    I've put a Nord in my '98 stingray5 3eq a while ago...

    Very nice sound, warmer than the original, probably as mentioned closer to the pre EB sound but I missed the authority of my bass. It wasn't the focused, uncompromising low mid presence I was used to. Not worse, just slightly different. But the bass didn't feel much like a Stingray any more. At least in my ears. Swapped it back.
    If I had free cash I would have kept it and installed it in another MM or even OLP.
    I guess it comes down to personal preference.

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