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The NP4A is the product of Nordstrand’s original angled pole piece design fused with the simplistic yet throaty and aggressive tone inherent to the P-bass style. The result of this combination produces a vibrational luster that is resonant of all the best aspects of precision-style playing; but is then able to go above and beyond the traditional P pickup with its hard hitting, note sustaining integrity that administers a voice that will carry your sound farther than any standard P could ever dream. A passive tone knob thrown in conjunction with this pickup will reveal an unrelenting and dynamic spectrum of midrange versatility, divinely blending the pickup’s full-bodied bottom-end with its rippling, staccato highs. The NP4A is a truly inspiring amalgam of sonic succulence that retains classic P-style while supporting its bombastic extra-dimensional edge.
The NP4A was forged in the funktifying crucible of Nordstrand’s tone chasing obsession. It was created in hope of providing P-bass players with a pickup that offers an array of bass-tastic tonality and technicality. Using the angled pole piece technique that Nordstrand has come to be known for, we feel confidant in stating that the NP4A delivers a tone that the player can only hope to domesticate as the shepherd of this hard hitting P-bass power.
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- Hum-canceling split coil 4 string precision-type bass pickup.
- Drop-in replacement P-bass pickup.
- Furbished with Nordstrand’s famous angled pole pieces.
- Available in black plastic covers.
- Alnico V magnets standard.
- Laser cut bobbins.
- Wax-potted to contain any unruly frequency that may attempt to desecrate your desired tone.
2.26” [57.40 mm] Long
1.10” [27.94 mm] Wide
WHAT IS THE TONE OF THE NORDSTRAND NP4A BASS PICKUP?
The NP4A features an angled pole piece design…hence, the ‘A’ for angled. While sharing a lot of similarities to the NP4, especially the nice, wide tonal range, we hear a slight bit more presence throughout. The top end has a bit of a snap that is pleasing and not at all over bearing. A player looking for a vintage pickup with a touch more presence will likely enjoy these pickups quite a bit.
Put on a good set of headphones and check out the audio demo below to hear it for yourself.
As always, keep in mind that these are generalizations. Your experience could be different depending on many factors.