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ZenBlade5Set-EMG40

Nordstrand Zen Blade 5 String Bass Pickups

checklist bullet iconAT HOME IN A MULTITUDE OF GENRES

wave form bullet iconBALANCED AND EVEN

data science bullet iconHUM-CANCELLING

measurement bullet iconAVAILABLE IN P2 AND EMG40 SHAPES

split bullet iconCAN BE WIRED IN SERIES AND PARALLEL

puzzle bullet iconSOLD AS A MATCHED SET

Customer Reviews

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Amazingly even tone

These pickups have an exceptionally even tonal range, very clean, clear sound. In series they have a very close single coil sound but full and even. Single coil tone is great as well with a slight degradation in output. Shipping was extremely fast from fatbasstone, Thank you!!

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Clay Matthews
Great choice for EMG size alternate.

I would describe these pickups as a middle ground. They have the body and low end punch of a humbucker without the nasal midrange. Their high is isn't as brittle as a single coil but pretty defined. They respond really well to on board electronics. I would describe the sound as strong without being overly aggressive.

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DESCRIPTION

The Spectral Center: a pickup that exists in the Tao of tone. The sidewinding Zen Blade mimics the voice of a sonic Buddha, centering the player on a plane of echoed clarity, while delegating a fluid rip, pop, thump, and groove of articulation. This pickup is balanced, meditative, and at one with the face of the musical universe. From dramatic lines to simple chords, the spectrum of sonic access this pickup has is somehow enlightening, guiding the slap and strum of the player toward the paradigmatic absence and duality pulverizing stillness of samadhi.

Zen Blade’s continuous sensing blade offers a multitude of loyal characteristics: its uncompromising tone refuses the threat of depletion all across the fret board, while its steady impedance gives way to a personality so even and temperate you might just find yourself saying goodbye to your old trusty compressor. One of its finest qualities is that the difference between its parallel and series personalities is subtle, creating a dimension of versatility where the player may comfortably fit their tone in the mix between many different genres—Jazz, Country, and Rock being its best contenders. Wired in parallel, the pickup delivers a broad range of character, with its even, clear, and articulate nature manifesting in its purest form. In series, the aperture narrows, causing the tone to become a bit thicker, a little bit bolder, while still retaining the even and clear quality inherent to the pickup. The lack of fluctuation between the two wiring styles is due to its single sensing blade acting as its only source of impedance, which removes many of the variables that count for the great difference in tone that often occurs when switching a standard dual coil from parallel to series. If ridiculously balanced, warm and reasonable tone is the name of your game, Zen is just the thing for you!




WHAT IS THE TONE OF THE NORDSTRAND ZEN BLADE (PARALLEL WIRING) BASS PICKUPs?

This pickup has a great deal of evenness. A polite, non aggressive pickup that has excellent clarity up top without being too bright. Players have mentioned how excellent this pickup is as a platform for a preamp, because of its clarity and evenness - we agree. Our pickups tester’s favorite parallel-wired pickup.

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
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D
D.B.
Amazingly even tone

These pickups have an exceptionally even tonal range, very clean, clear sound. In series they have a very close single coil sound but full and even. Single coil tone is great as well with a slight degradation in output. Shipping was extremely fast from fatbasstone, Thank you!!

C
Clay Matthews
Great choice for EMG size alternate.

I would describe these pickups as a middle ground. They have the body and low end punch of a humbucker without the nasal midrange. Their high is isn't as brittle as a single coil but pretty defined. They respond really well to on board electronics. I would describe the sound as strong without being overly aggressive.

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