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Nordstrand Big Split 5 vs Seymour Duncan NYC 5 soapbar pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Daniel Fox, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. Daniel Fox

    Daniel Fox

    Nov 8, 2018
    Lynn, MA
    Looking to tap into the collective pickup wisdom:
    I have a custom Warmoth 5 string fretless. Ebony board, JBass body, Schaller bridge, passive vol/vol/tone electronics, fully shielded cavity.
    I had a pair of Lane Poor pickups (EMG 40 soapbar size) in the bass for years and found them much too clean and precise for my tastes. I play with flats and prefer a more wooly, characterful, thick, saturated, greasy tone with less sustain and articulation. More Jamerson (I know - 4 string fretted), Percy Jones (Brand X), Pino Palladino (D'Angelo) and less Victor Wooten.
    I'm looking at putting in either Nordstrand Big Split 5's:

    Big Split 5

    or Seymour Duncan NYC Bass 5's:

    NYC Bass

    Any thoughts? Or alternate recs?

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  2. sikamikanico


    Mar 17, 2004
    Hmm, they’re quite different pickups... either could work, I guess. I’m not sure how NYC performs in series, but series will give a fuller, woolier tone. But Fodera Duncan has some of that tone in parallel, so maybe NYCs do too?

    If not NYC, Nordstrand and Aguilar make dual coils for series operation (wound lighter so they don’t sound too hot in series).

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