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Nordstrand NJ4SE vs Dimarzio Model J

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by tonymcbony, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. tonymcbony


    Mar 21, 2006
    Hi there,

    I have a 2011 Am Std Jazz bass that I keep wrestling with in terms of getting a tone I like and can use out of. I like the tone at home but in a band setting it either has too many mids and not enough bass or too much bass and not enough mids, although the Audere JZ3 drop-in plate installed has sorted most of that out.

    I've found the stock pickups to be lacking lows and a nice midrange. It has a great bite to it in the treble. Also, I'm not a fan of single coil hum.

    I've already had Dimarzio Model J's in there but I found them to be a bit too murky/lacking in treble. I used 500k pots but still didn't get the highs/bite I wanted.

    I'm wondering if the NJ4SE is more what I'm after; I'd like punchy lows, a growly midrange with some good treble bite. Quite an aggressive tone that would suit a rock mix but can be a little polite.
  2. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    I use nj4se's in my fretless J. They are plenty bright for my tastes but they are not as bright as the other nordies are. I like them because they seem to have a bit more low mids to them than some other J pickups without losing any definition/clarity. I certainly hav enever found them to be "murky".

    Plus the lack of top end isn't a drawback for me as I am using them in a fretless where I don't need that icepicky twank.

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