swaping pickups on my m5-24

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sandmann, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. sandmann


    Dec 27, 2005

    i am thinking about swapping the pickups (sadowsky soapbars) on my sadowsky metro m5-24. i would like to go for a more traditional single coil sound. i heard a lot about the quality of nordstrand pickups and saw on the sadowsky website that they often use big singles or fat stacks with their instruments.

    any recommendations? will they fit in my instrument?

    any help is highly appreciated.

    kind regards,

  2. sandmann


    Dec 27, 2005
  3. I would not bother. The tight pickup placement will not really allow for anything close to a 'traditional' tone, and also reduces the difference in the sound of alternative pickups IMO and IME. The Moderns sound like they do. If you want a more traditional single coil tone, I would sell the Modern and buy a Vintage or Standard with single coil J pickups.
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
  5. VJP

    VJP Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    Agreed. I have a Modern and have had both Sadowsky pickups and Nordstrand Big Singles in it. Great bass and great sound but it will never be even remotely "traditional" sounding.
  6. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    I put some Big Singles into my M24/5 and I preferred it that way!
    They have more hi-mids and less ultra-treble reponse.
    In my ear they do sound a lot more vintage than the Sad soaps.

    But as Ken said, the PU placement plays a big part, too. You won't get the warm pillowy lows as you would get with a Vintage or Standard Sadowsky.

    Once I heard my M24/5 (w. Big Singles) in a mastered CD mix, I am disappointed I sold mine