Nordstrand Unveils the Jazz Bar Pickup

All the standard Nordstrand J-style pickups are now available in the most popular soapbar shapes.

Redlands, CA (June 9, 2015) -- Presenting the Jazz Bar pickup line from Nordstrand Pickups. This new lineup (JB series) makes all the standard Nordstrand J style pickups available in the most popular soapbar shapes. Now you can install that sought after rich and engaging Nordstrand sound in your soapbar-equipped basses.


  • The most popular EMG and Bartolini casing sizes
  • Single coil models (NJ4, NJ4 70’s, NJ5, NJ6)
  • Hum canceling models (NJ4SV, NJ4SE, NJ5s, NJ6s)
  • Pricing is identical to the J shape models
  • Famous Nordstrand tone and quality in every set

Extensively designed, tested and built in the Nordstrand shop in Redlands, California, these pickups are available now at select dealers and on our website. Prices start at $180.40 per set.

For more information:
Nordstrand Pickups

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• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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