SOLD Nordstrand Bigman (Pair & 4 string)

Discussion in 'For Sale: Parts, Strings, and Accessories' started by jharms80439, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. Price:
    $150
    Location:
    Colorado
    Pulled the Nordstrand Bigman pickups from my Tom Clement Kim in favor of the Nordstrand Quad Coil 4.4's.

    Wired the 4.4s the same as I had the Bigmans Series/Single/Parallel. Bass is solid, so is the treble, but a bit too much in the mids for a passive bass. 4.4's suit the passive tone on my Kim a bit better for me.

    These are a two pickup set. When I/we ordered them from Nordstrand, we asked that the neck pickup string spacing be narrowed ~1/16" and they accommodated.

    Tomorrow I'll post a pic with a ruler to show string spacing.

    Here's from the Nordstrand site:

    The BigMan emits sonic imposition, subtlety slaying energy, and kinetic congruousness that encompasses animalistic muscularity and power. The formula for its fabrication essentially comes down to this: take two Big Single coils and stuff them into a Music Man style cover — boom! — an explosion of immense vibe and girth that will surely knock you off your feet. This hum-canceling pickup facilitates powerful, dark, and fuzzy tone through a massive split-coil wrapped around angled pole pieces. In choosing alnico III magnets, the player can slightly soften the Bigman's intense presence; but be warned, despite whatever minute technical changes you might make to it, its nature cannot simply be tamed with an easy change in magnet choice. The BigMan is not for the faint of heart.

    Technical Details:

    • 2 Big Singles in a MM cover.
    • Drop-in replacement MM bass pickup.
    • Alnico III or V magnets.
    • Alnico III: will provide a blanket of warmth for your pickup, giving it a slightly softer character.
    • Alnico V: all around darker, punchier, and meaner.
    • Laser cut bobbins.
    • Wax-potted to contain any unruly frequency that may attempt to desecrate your desired tone.


    *This pickup extends 1/4 ” deeper into the body than a standard MM pickup.


    History: The BigMan design came to be through the clairvoyance of an old Nordstrand comrade. The idea came to him in a dream; the bass gods handed to him the visceral embodiment of its tone, making it clear that if its sonic enormity was to ever impact the physical realm, it would be up to him to construct an apparatus that could contain its looming immensity and power. When he awoke, he took the amorphous blueprint bestowed upon him to work, and after a few mistakes and failed models, the BigMan was born. This Nordstrandian comrade of ours has since departed ways from the shop, but his presence — akin to the tonal nature of the pickup he graced the shop with — lives on through the divination that resonates each time a note is amplified by influence of the god-given BigMan.
     

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  2. BTW, here is the TC Kim build thread with details of the pickups as originally wired (post #7): Tom Clement Kim with Nordstrand Bigman Pickups

    Magnets are Alnico V in the bridge position and Alnico III at the neck position.

    And here is the link to the Bigman on the Nordstrand site: The Bigman 4.

    John
     
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  3. Below are pics for spacing. To my eye, it looks like ~1-1.5mm spacing difference between the two pickups.

    IMG_2768.JPG IMG_2769.JPG IMG_2770.JPG IMG_2771.JPG
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2017
  4. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    PM sent...
     
  5. And Sold!

    John