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Need help with Nordstrand Big Singles configuration

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by g4string, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    Hey guys/girls. Getting a set of Nordie Big Single pups for my A bass. It has Lane Poor pups and an Aguilar OBP1 set up now. The LP's are out (OBP1 is coming out tonight), I plan on running the Big Singles passive. My question is how to config the set up. Here are my options.....FWIW, I have 4 holes to fill. the holes are not on a jack plate.....

    1) master volume neck - master tone neck - master volume bridge - master tone bridge

    2) master volume - blend - master tone - (maybe a series/parallel switch to fill the hole)

    3) master volume neck - master volume bridge - master tone - (maybe a series parallel switch, maybe a dummie knob)

    Also, if I did two separate tone knobs, would I use the same rated capacitor for both knobs. It seems like 0.47mf is the cap of choice. I would need two caps if I go this route....just wondering what size cap I would need for both pups. Thanks!
  2. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
  3. Saluki

    Saluki Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Springfield, IL
    Account Manager- Bass Gear Magazine
    I'd go with opt 2, but I am a blend guy.
  4. I would also go with Opt 2. I'm not huge on seperate volume controls.
  5. sevdog

    sevdog Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    I have 1 bass with a master volume knob and a blend knob, it happens to have Big Singles. I find I never touch the volume knob. If I'm playing live I step on a stompbox with a mute.

    I think I would prefer to have it wired up like #3. On mine the pickups are wired parallel and while they sound great, I think the option to flip to Series would give me more diversity.

    On the other hand, I'm an incessant knob-twidler and am much better off with as few knobs as possible so that I'll spend more time just playing the damn bass.
  6. Personally, I like the master volume + blend configuration much better than individual volumes for each PU. But, I seem to recall reading that configuration doesn't work well in a passive setup, and in fact it's one of the main reasons to have an onbaord preamp. I'm not an EE, so I don't know exactly why. Maybe someone more knowledgable than me will post an explanation.
  7. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    I would say Option 2 is your best bet. The series/parallel switch will be very handy.
  8. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Out of those choices, option 2 for me.
    But in a passive setup, the blend knob will function almost like a switch, giving you five main tones: 100% bridge, 50/50, and 100% neck, plus the two best (IMO) settings: 55/45 and 45/55 (just off center in each direction).

    The best option IMO is to get a Nordstrand 3-band.

    Knob1: Vol w/pull for passive mode
    Knob2: Blend
    Knob3: Passive tone
    Knob4: Stacked bass/treble
    Knob5: Mid

    Or if you don't want an extra hole,
    Knob1: Vol w/pull for passive mode
    Knob2: Blend Passive tone
    Knob3: Stacked bass/treble
    Knob4: Mid
  9. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    isn't that .047uf ???
  10. VVT. No brainer. I've got a bass with Fat Stacks set up this way and it's killer. Ignore the 4th hole, or put a dummy pot in there.
  11. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    I think this is the way I'm gonna go. Prob use a dummy pot to fill the 4th hole.
  12. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    I have a Jazz with Big Singles and I have it wired passive as a stacker with seperate knobs - Option 1. I happen to like this option and have several basses wired this way. Personal preference and it works very well for me.

    Now that I have gigged them extensively, I will say that a series/parallel option is something I wouldn't consider. These pickups are so incredibly hot already with enormous output in parallel. Going to series would be very much over the top. However, this is my opinion, and maybe that would suit your style better.

    As always, your mileage may vary.
  13. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    oh man, the thought of routing out an A bass:eek::bag: