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Nordstrand Big Blademan now for sale!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Ser Phalanges, Aug 18, 2017.


  1. Guys!

    Nordstrand Audio Releases the Big BladeMan Pickup

    Nordstrand has decided to offer the Big Blademan MM pickup that they made for Justin Chancellor's new Warwick. They go for about 80 bucks for one. I'm thinking I must have one in my 'Ray. Justin Chancellor is my favorite bass player, and I just adore his tone.

    What do you guys think about this?
     
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  2. qersty

    qersty

    Aug 15, 2012
    Sweden
    I would love to hear some experience about these. I'm a Justin tonechaser no more but a pickup designed to fit him sounds intriguing. I'd especially like to hear from guys who aren't tool fans to see how they hold up without rose tinted glasses. They are based on jazz hotrods which also sounds cool, I am a fan of the jazz tone though i find it limiting and jazz basses aren't my thing anymore; a stingray however I've been wanting for years and I finally may get an OLP to put a pair of these in.

    Also any idea what preamps would fit these?
     
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  3. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    The one thing I wouldn't recommend would be a MM style preamp. The BigBladeMan will have at least as much output as the BigMan which apparently overloads the Nordstrand Stingray style preamp.

    Nordstrand has a variation of their 3-band preamp just for this pickup.
     
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  4. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    OP, please note that the cost of the pup is about twice of what you noted.

    Aside from that, I have a 5 string version of the Bigman. For my tastes, found to be too "bass" heavy, with no real character of it's own. I had it installed in a bass in the MM Stingray position. I'm imagining the blade version will sound similar, so the suggested addition of a preamp will be helpful. I just won't be going there.
     
  5. Rycebag

    Rycebag

    Feb 22, 2008
    Nordstrand has a special Justin Chancellor preamp that goes along with the big blade man pickups as an addition to the "break your bank chasing that TOOL TONE" extravaganza. Although, I am quite interested in hearing how that whole combination sounds.


    3 Band Preamps
     
  6. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Key West, FL
    Only 450.00 bucks to maybe cop his tone. Yikes. Or you could get a Tribute G&L L2000 and do the same thing.
     
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  7. melloncollie

    melloncollie Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    You can use any other preamp with the pickups. The biggest thing that the JC preamp adds is the trimpots for series mode. But any other Nordstrand preamp should do the job. Based on sound clips the pickups should be for tons of other stuff besides just tool sounds.
     
  8. Rycebag

    Rycebag

    Feb 22, 2008


    The pickups don't sound bad. I've been playing a passive jazz for so long that I wouldn't mind experimenting with a humbucker set up like this.
     
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  9. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA
    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - Genzler Amplification - Sadowsky - Dunlops Strings
    And a couple of other modifications (see the details on the link posted about the JC 3b above)
     
  10. melloncollie

    melloncollie Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    Yeah there are a couple of other modifications to the preamp. Maybe I’m a little ignorant but I’m not sure how changing the volume pot or blend pot will change the tone. Not trying to imply that the jc preamp isn’t worth it. Just that the pickups will still sound good with other preamps and can still get the tone.
     
  11. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA
    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - Genzler Amplification - Sadowsky - Dunlops Strings
    Changing the value of pots and in this case also ungrounding the blend change the load on the pickups, shifting the resonance... the pickups will sound brighter or darker (dependently on the value).... and yes, the pickups sound great with any preamp you'd pair with (as someone as mentioned we discourage pairing the BBM, BM and some others, to a MM preamp due to the high output (tend to distort)....
     
  12. melloncollie

    melloncollie Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    Thanks for sharing! I didn’t know that. Didn’t mean to come off like I was denigrating the preamp originally.
     
  13. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA
    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - Genzler Amplification - Sadowsky - Dunlops Strings
    :thumbsup: :)
     
  14. melloncollie

    melloncollie Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    I’m assuming the changes made to the preamp make the tone brighter? I’d imagine the signal to be pretty boomy with that power coming from the pickup.
     
  15. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA
    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - Genzler Amplification - Sadowsky - Dunlops Strings
    yes brighter! Actually the blade pickups (any of them) are not boomy at all! very articulate, punchy, smooth mids, tight lows (but not thin) and crystal clear.
     
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  16. Rycebag

    Rycebag

    Feb 22, 2008
    That is all the characteristics I tend to gravitate toward. Does that video I posted include the JC preamp?
     
  17. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA
    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - Genzler Amplification - Sadowsky - Dunlops Strings
    the video above with Carey playing the Nordy? Yes dual BBM4 with JC3b
     
  18. melloncollie

    melloncollie Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    Planning on getting some of these along with an Audere three band preamp to replace the pickups in my new reverend bass. Really excited to try them out. I think even without the JC preamp they’ll be gritty and aggressive enough for me
     
  19. Rycebag

    Rycebag

    Feb 22, 2008
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2018
  20. qersty

    qersty

    Aug 15, 2012
    Sweden
    Warwick $$ models have series/split/parallel switches there and i doubt this is different. Has anyone yet to have tried these? Andy Irivne's demo is exciting to watch but the quality is awful
     

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