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Nordstrand Audio Announces the Power Blade

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    ThePower blade is the latest addition to our blade arsenal. With its thick steel blade, optimized wind, and ceramic magnets providing an authoritative low-end punch, the Power Blade will distribute a forcefield of fat slap fury that is tamed and guided by a super smooth top end. With half of its tonal DNA being derived from the classic P design, its character is inherently reminiscent of that hard-hitting P bass vigor we all love, only with a bit more girth in its low-end and translucent flow in its highs which works to facilitate the impressive character that is all its own. This P-style Big Blade split in half will satisfy any player looking for the power of a Big Blade without compromising the throaty fury of classic P tone.

    Extensively designed, tested and built in the Nordstrand shop in Redlands, California, these pickups are available now at select dealers. Street prices start at $128 per set.

    Technical Details:

    • Hum canceling split coil 4 string precision-type bass pickup.
    • Thick steel blade
    • No worries about string spacing!
    • Drop-in replacement P-bass pickup.
    • Ceramic magnets.
    • Available in black plastic covers
    • Laser cut bobbins.
    • Wax-potted to contain any unruly frequency that may attempt to desecrate your
      desired tone.

  2. Someone just call Carey the GOAT already.
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  3. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    EDIT: Ordered. :)
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2017
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  4. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    I had to look GOAT up on Urban Dictionary, and yeah you're right!
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  5. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Call him the "Galveston Orientation and Amnesia Test"? Alright...if you say so :smug:;)
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  6. svtb15


    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    As a P player.... I am very interested in these ...
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  7. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    Can't wait to hear the PJ combos!
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  8. superheavyfunk


    Mar 11, 2013
    Kinda wanna sell my NP4a and get these bad boys!
  9. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    I like my J blades well enough to not really think twice about ordering these. Quite excited to try them out. The short clip I heard on Instagram sounded fantastic.
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  10. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    From my own experience with the J Blade design I would expect the PowerBlade to be much smoother in the upper midrange and treble region compared to it's Alnico 5 counter part. For some who want a smoother response without sacrificing the beef this might be the ticket!
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  11. Smoother? With Ceramic magnets?

    Ok, I'm intrigued. Any chance of an eventual release in cream or parchment covers?
  12. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    (think Bartolini)
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  13. That's a very very close design to the DiMarzio's DP127 ! I am amazed with the results of the DiMarzio so the Nordstrand might be a great upgrade to it.

    I really like the blade magnets, they get all the signal, specially with bends !
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  14. DavetheDude


    Nov 28, 2014
    Hm...I have a Sandberg bass with a humbucker and split-coil pickup configuration (Sandbergs' own, no Delanos). In the last year, I had the feeling it doesn't really have much juice anymore, also, there might be a small fault with the pre-amp. Should I upgrade to the new split-coils and get a new humbucker along with a Nordstrag pre-amp while I'm at it? I'Ve been thinking of replacing that all anyway..
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  15. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    The short Instagram demo certainly reminded me a little of that Dimarzio flavor.
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  16. amphlett7


    Feb 27, 2008
    Perth, Western Australia
    Audiofly In-Ear Monitors And Headphones
    YES! Finally.

    keen as
  17. seedokebass


    Mar 21, 2009
    Was that the clip on IG with a natural finish/mahogany looking PJ?
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2017
  18. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Yeah that's the only one I've seen.
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  19. seedokebass


    Mar 21, 2009
    Wasn't sure how many clips were out there, but I agree it sounded awesome.... Very intrigued as well.
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  20. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    The blades look like metal. Is the ceramic magnet under the hood and the blades are just pole pieces rather than the blades themselves being the actual magnets?

    I have seen in photos some black blades. I wonder if those blades are made of ceramic magnets.