Seymour Duncan originally designed these pickups for one of the world’s finest handcrafted basses. The NYC 5 pickup set uses a dual coil J-type pickup design with a double row of exposed Alnico 2 pole pieces. The four-conductor cable allows for three wiring modes for a wide variety of tonal options. Wire the pickups in parallel mode for a noise-free single coil sound with added body and weight; a balanced response that speaks with authority. Wire it in series mode for high output with maximum punch and fullness without any hum. Or, wire it in single coil mode for true vintage Jazz Bass sound.
Seymour Duncan designed the neck so you can get hum free tone when using one coil in the neck and one in the bridge. The Alnico 2 rod pole pieces provide a punchy and focused tone with a natural and smooth upper midrange. Compared to an active soapbar, the tone is warmer and more organic.
Designed for 5 string basses, and available as a calibrated neck and bridge set. This pickup set fits into any bass with a standard EMG® DC40 route. Hand built in Santa Barbara, CA, the NYC 5 uses Alnico 2 magnets and comes with a 4-conductor lead wire.