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This pickup is the latest addition to Nordstrand's blade arsenal. With its thick steel blade, optimized wind, and ceramic magnets providing an authoritative low-end punch, the Power Blade will distribute a forcefield of fat slap fury that is tamed and guided by a super smooth top end. With half of its tonal DNA being derived from the classic P design, its character is inherently reminiscent of that hard-hitting P bass vigor we all love, only with a bit more girth in its low-end and translucent flow in its highs which works to facilitate the impressive character that is all its own. This P-style Big Blade split in half will satisfy any player looking for the power of a Big Blade without compromising the throaty fury of classic P tone.
- Hum canceling split coil 4 string precision-type bass pickup.
- Thick steel blade
- No worries about string spacing!
- Drop-in replacement P-bass pickup.
- Ceramic magnets.
- Available in black plastic covers
- 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 POWER BLADE BASS PICKUP?
Compared with vintage pickups, the Power Blade is more aggressive, especially in the lows and low mid range. No honky mid range in sight though, as the upper mid range is controlled. The low end is direct and punchy while still being warm, and has a slight bit of nice bloom. Darker low end than Nordstrand’s NP4, with a smooth or slightly rolled off top end that translates to warmth. Comparing to Duncan’s SPB-3 (also having the aim to be a more aggressive pickup), the ‘push’ is in the low mids compared to the SPB-3, where we hear it more in the upper mids.
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.