I got mine directly from Nordstrand and not this site. Just full disclosure. I decided to try the nord because many of the venues I play at have horrendous power with lots of noise. Depending on the level I would switch to my jazz bass for the gig to get the hum canceling. What this pickup does do is exactly that. Zero or at least much more tolerable interference. It absolutely changes the tone tho. Quite a bit in my opinion. Now it’s not a bad change but too much for me. Now if I were playing metal on it mostly I would be in heaven. I find that the nord is slightly scooped on its own and adds a lot of top end. For the variety of stuff I have to play and my general tone preference it’s too much. So like all things it’s a matter of taste and I should note that my ric is a 2020 model. The build quality of the pickup is excellent. I would absolutely recommend for anyone looking to “modernize” their ric sound.
Nordstrand Nordenbocker 4 String Rickenbacker® Bass Pickup
Finally installed the Nordenbacker pickup in my 4003, my Rick finally sounds as good as it looks!! Highly recommend this pickup… great seller as well!!
I replaced the neck pickup on my 2018 Rickenbacker Bass which got rid of the hum when both pickups are on at the same time. It has more output and I used it to recorded two songs in the studio for my band Mojomama and it sounds perfect.
My 4003 always played amazing and I loved the sound, but this took it to the next level. I bought the Nordenbocker to fix the 60 cycle hum, which it did perfectly (dead quiet even under fluorescent lights). However also made the bass sound bigger and more useable. It still sounds like a Ric, just sounds like the best damn Ric I’ve ever heard!