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Nordstrand NP-4 in action

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Rodent, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    A couple months back I assembled a passive Frankenbass for a friend. The bass consisted of a black Fender MIM P body I got here on TB, a MiteyMite maple/maple J neck he supplied, a new tortoise scratch plate from Warmoth, and an NP-4 I got from BestBassGear.com. The neck was secured using threaded inserts (I posted a thread in the Luthiers section on this), all of the body and p/u cavities were lined with copper foil that had all of the joints soldered and ground wires connecting each cavity together, and I utilized the original bridge. All total this bass came in at around $400.

    I thought you might like to hear how this recorded in a recent session:


    To hear the NP-4 in action, check out these cuts:

    We Are Family
    Sweet Thing

    The bass was loaned to Osama Afifi, who layed the grooves heard in all of the above tracks.

    Also of note is the use of Thomastik Jazz Flats. If you want some OTT mean growl then load your bass with roundwounds instead.

    These three tracks were played through a Raven Labs MDB-1 into a Radial JDV 30-volt rail DI and directly into Cakewalk Sonar. They were mixed COMPLETELY flat- no eq, no extra compression, no nothin'.......just the bass.

    All the best,

  2. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    Great sound from that pickup.
  3. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    THUMPIN'! :D Great stuff. I see that someone has been busy in the shop lately. :hyper:
  4. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I have one in a Fender Zone, along with the NJ4SE in the bridge, and it is a great sounding bass. They make great pickups.