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SD Antiquity II's or Nordstrand NJ4's for my "jazz"?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by mk2mark, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. mk2mark


    Jan 3, 2008
    Simple question, probably a not-so-simple answer! I'm caught between these, I can get both for a similar price off ebay, but is there one that's clearly better? Or maybe I should ask what differences in sound will I experience ;) They're going to be fit to this home-made guitar.
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I've got nordstrands, and I really like them, but I have not played the SD Antiquities, so I can't compare them.
  3. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    What kind of wood ? What are your tonal preferences. There are a lot of great J pickups out there. Some differences in tone.

    I'm sold on Pete Biltoft at www. VintageVibeGuitars.com - primarily as I can spec how I want the pickup to sound. I'm not stuck with someone else's tonal thing.

    If I want warm, articulate, punchy - I spec Alnico III and a slight overwind. That is a pickup I might put into an Ash body to help tame the hi's. If I want brighter and snappier - I go ceramic or Alnic V and standard wind. That might be more appropriate for Basswood or Alder, depending on what I'm looking to achieve. Some price, either set. Built to order. A set runs in the $180 range, competitive with guys like Fralin, Lollar, Aero, etc ... more nicely detailed than the pickups I've seen from them though. Best shielding I've seen on J pickups to date. Comparing built to order with off the shelf - there's just no comparison for me...

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