As an experiment and because of all the hype and talk I bought an SX J-Bass so I could try out the Audere preamp. Fell in love with it so much I decided to build a better bass around it. Ended up with a 70's style J made with mostly Fender parts. Some of you have probably seen it in another thread. Anyway I was considering putting Nordtrand pickups in it but because of the cost and in trying to keep with a Fender theme I went with Fender vintage noiseless pickups instead. I like the Fenders fine but continue to hear nothing but good things about the Nords and how much they are worth the extra money. My questions are these: *Are they really worth it? *Will I really notice an improvement over the Fender pickups? *Does it even matter when paired with the Audere preamp?