NBD // One off Modern J featuring Big BladeMen + JC3B Nordstrand pre

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cataract, Aug 24, 2022.

  1. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Birmingham AL
    Crossposted from the Show yer Basses thread- this one’s been in the works for a while now. A pal of mine in Virginia made this baddie for me from scratch. It started off as a straight up Wal MK1 tribute but I decided to go with a Jazz body instead. Mahogany core + front & back maple facings!
    I was rocking that sweet BABP G&L L2000 at the time we were deciding on what types of wood to use for the neck, and the L2K had a blank ebony board, so I went with roasted maple + a blank roasted maple board. It’s got Luminlay side dots, though.
    The Nordstrand Big Blademan pickups sound amazing, as expected. I’m impressed at how many tonal options the JC3B preamp has on tap. I’m also impressed at how loud the pickups are even being practically bottomed out in the body!!
    Kickass bridge + Sadowsky style knobs.. I’ve used both of these on many other builds and I just really dig em. The Gotoh Res-o-lite keys are something new to me, however, and I’m actually pretty happy with how smooth they feel. Wish I’d tried them sooner, to be honest!
    Anyhow I’ll be sure to post a few more pics soon. I’m friggin stoked on this one!! :woot::bassist:
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2022
  2. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
  3. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    They look so cool, too. Most of my basses have the clover keys and I have grown accustomed to them but I’ve always thought these looked the coolest, and I do have them on one bass … so far …
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  4. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Birmingham AL
    Yeah, I’m sold on them now, too.. funny I was originally looking for a gently used set of roadworn lollipop Hipshots but thought these Gotohs looked awesome. The idea of these being ultra super lightweight was the deciding factor for me!
    My other three basses all have aluminum necks with locking Sperzel keys, which I also really dig. But not so much on Fender style headstocks.
    The next “normal” bass I get will definitely be getting a set of these installed ASAP
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  5. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
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  6. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    Great looking and I'll bet sounding bass.
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  7. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
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  8. skyline_01

    skyline_01 Endorsing artist: Nordstrand Audio, Tsunami Cables Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    Lebanon, OH
    That is really a stunner - congratulations! I'm a Nordy fan/artist so it's especially exciting to see this p'up/pre combo. I'll bet it sounds amazing. :drool:

    I have been eyeing the Res O Lite tuners for a future fretless 5 build. They're my #1 choice at the moment - I've always heard great things about them.
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  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

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  10. Jefus

    Jefus Does this amp make my bass sound fat? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2008
    That is sweet!!!! I hope you make a ton of great music on it!
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  11. Vitamin D

    Vitamin D

    Jan 29, 2021
    Um, ok, that is HOT.

    Can you get a sound clip maybe?
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  12. Poobini

    Poobini Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2019
    My jaw dropped when I saw this on the 'gram. So sick!!!
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  13. Kahfi92


    Nov 10, 2018
    Is that the same size as regular MM's humbucker?
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  14. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Birmingham AL

    Yes, they’re an exact fit for standard MusicMan humbuckers.
  15. DanTheMan2112

    DanTheMan2112 Formerly known as dannnnn Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2007
    Beaufort, SC
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  16. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
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  17. Maxi Funkl

    Maxi Funkl

    May 8, 2014
    I dig it congrats!
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  18. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    I like how you moved the front pickup back a little. In my experience that pulls some mids forward in the tone in a good way. I’d love to hear you play it.
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  19. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Denver, CO
    Gotoh makes better tuners than Hipshot IMO.
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  20. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
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