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Nordenbocker

Nordstrand Nordenbocker 4 String Rickenbacker¬ģ Bass Pickup

puzzle bullet iconDIRECT REPLACEMENT FOR THE LOW GAIN STOCK NECK PICKUP

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hand protest bullet iconBIG, BOLD TONE

empty box iconFREE SHIPPING IN THE USA
configuration iconEXPERT TECHNICAL SUPPORT
checklist iconIN STOCK MEANS IN STOCK

DESCRIPTION

The classic Nordstrand Big Single is now available in Rickenbacker size, a drop-in replacement that fits without marring your bass. It even uses your stock pickup screws. Louder and more aggressive tones can now be found in your neck pickup to keep up with the gutsy stock bridge pickup. As an added bonus, with this Big Single your bass won't have 60 cycle hum when you run both pickups together. Can you say bolder sound with less noise?!

Artists: Matt Denis




SOME BACKGROUND: For the debut of Nordstrand’s latest and greatest (though some would say blasphemous) release, this reporter of sonic salubrity interviewed Adrian Smith, the progenitor of this hell raising idea. He had much this to say about the cognitive turns which led him to the blueprint that eventually became the NordenBocker, and it is definitely in the interest of the player to take a look at what this mad scientist has to say:

‚Äú‚ÄėModification?! On such a potent yet illogical gem of weird, probably accidental creation?! BLASPHEMER!‚Äô Yes yes, I know. But I did! So, why would I put Big Single neck pickup in my Rickenbacker 4003 bass? The reasoning is threefold:

1) To hum-cancel with the bridge pickup.
2) More output from the neck pickup.
3) My bass, my choice!

From the factory, the stock pickups are wound in the same direction with the same polarity. This is unlike a Jazz bass, so the pickups never hum-cancel, even when both are set to equal levels. Does 60 cycle hum bother me? Not really, but for noisy gigs this can be beneficial. My first thought was to do the RWRP mod to the bridge pickup, which involves flipping the magnet and swapping the hot and ground wires. 

Easy enough, but my second issue is the weak stock neck pickup. Oh sure, diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks notwithstanding, but for my own tonal goals, the neck pickup just doesn't have enough guts to it. I play loud metal through a big amp, so in this case, more is indeed more. Since I always bypass the vintage tone capacitor on the bridge pickup anyhow, the neck pickup just can't keep up. Also, the stock bridge sounds great already, so why mess with it?

The third reason is about options. I love the way this bass feels and plays. But I can't ever leave well enough alone, and modify my basses to fit my own personal whatever. At the very least, it's fun! Sure, my tone is in my fingers, but it's also in changing things around to suit that thing that I do. And to the purists, if you'd like to see the rest of my bass collection, you'll notice I also have a¬†passive¬†Stingray. THE HORROR!‚ÄĚ




TECHNICAL

Angled poles.

Laser cut vulcanized fiber bobbins.

Potted in a paraffin-beeswax mix to contain any unruly frequency that may attempt to desecrate your desired tone

Classic Big Single in Rickenbacker size.

Slightly shorter magnet spacing, which makes for a thicker coil and thus a higher inductance.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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Matt
Great. Depending…

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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs too much. So like all things it‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúmodernize‚ÄĚ their ric sound.

J
Jeff Kirton

Nordstrand Nordenbocker 4 String Rickenbacker¬ģ Bass Pickup

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Ron Combs
Love it!

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!!

p
paul rogalski
Nordstrand Nordenbocker 4 String Rickenbacker¬ģ Bass Pickup

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.

S
S Russell
Amazing

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!

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
71%
(5)
29%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
M
Matt
Great. Depending…

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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs too much. So like all things it‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúmodernize‚ÄĚ their ric sound.

J
Jeff Kirton

Nordstrand Nordenbocker 4 String Rickenbacker¬ģ Bass Pickup

R
Ron Combs
Love it!

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!!

p
paul rogalski
Nordstrand Nordenbocker 4 String Rickenbacker¬ģ Bass Pickup

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.

S
S Russell
Amazing

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!

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