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Nordstrand NJ4 problem?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by SeeBread, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. SeeBread


    May 12, 2013
    Just bought some new Nordy NJ4's with the intention of installing them in my MIM jazz bass.

    Only problem is, they don't seem to fit the pickup cavities well at all. On the whole they are far to large and have to be 'squeezed' in. The screw positions match up, it's just the actual cavity that seems too small.

    What's going on? The stock pickups fitted fine.

  2. I have nords in my MIA Standard, I didn't have this problem. I have heard of certain pickups (Fralins) having issues like this, even on custom shop fenders. You can file it out a little, or even dremel if your feeling dangerous. Calling Maurillio...He'll know more about the luthier/guitar tech questions and about nordstrands in particular.
  3. sratas


    Dec 15, 2007
    Parma, Italy
    first thing to try, swap the pickup plastic cover and install the nj4s in the Fender ones.
    If it does not solve your problem, you have to modify something structural
  4. SeeBread


    May 12, 2013
    Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, have already tried. The NJ4's don't fit inside the stock fender casing.
  5. SeeBread


    May 12, 2013
    Another thought, I think this MIM body is '94, or something like that - a little older. They may have changed the cavity routing sizes since then.
  6. vince a

    vince a

    Jun 13, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    I have to ask . . . do you have the correct pickup in the right hole . . . they 'are' different!
  7. SeeBread


    May 12, 2013
    Yes, I made doubly sure when I installed them :p