Author Archives: Carey Nordstrand

Amanda Ruzza: A Musical Chameleon

A few years back, amid NAMM buzz, bassist Amanda Ruzza escaped the mega music convention’s sensory overload at the Nordstrand booth for a bit of respite. And, no surprise, after checking out a few of our high-end instruments, she didn’t leave anytime soon. As she made music, we filled her … Continue reading

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Dan Lutz Signature Nordy DL vM5

Dan Lutz is one of LA’s finest and busiest bassists. Dan is versed in all genres of music and plays electric and double bass equally fierce. Lutz is the musical director for Jonathan Butler, and has upcoming shows overseas with both Butler and Oleta Adams. Dan Lutz recently received his … Continue reading

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Nordy vP5 Auction for Nepal Earthquake Relief

We here at Nordstrand Pickups and Guitars were devastated when we heard the news about the earthquake in Nepal. Thousands of people lost their lives and millions will be affected for years to come. When we heard that bassist, Steven Friedman, was auctioning a Nordstrand bass and will be donating … Continue reading

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Nordy Basses In The Works

Check out some of the new Nordy basses we’re working on in the shop. First up is a very unique Nordy vM5 that is being custom made for LA touring and session bassist Dan Lutz. It will have an alder body, and a one piece maple neck. This bass will … Continue reading

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jay bouche uses nvt-a3 pickups

Talented New Orleans guitarist, Jay Bouche, loves his Nordstrand nvt-a3 pickups. This is what he had to say about them: “After I put the Nordstrand nvt-a3 pickups in my red Tele, I was so impressed that I placed an order and put them in 3 of my other working man’s … Continue reading

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Custom Nordstrand Pickups

Nordstrand Pickups is capable of producing and manufacturing a wide array of pickups. This particular set was wound for Prat basses and will go into a 12 string fanned fret bass. Some other custom builders include Benavente, Vargas, Bowes, Roy, SJ Brazil, Roger, Wyn and many others. Watch Carey explain … Continue reading

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Nordstrand On YouTube

check out the nordstrand youtube channel and subscribe. bass demo videos featuring the latest happenings at the shop, pickup and instrument demos, instrument building, the creative process and much more. Nordy vJ5 with NJ5 Carey Nordstrand demos a killer Nordy vJ5 loaded with Nordy NJ5 70’s wound pickups. Carey Talks … Continue reading

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Nordstrand Pickups Releases Alnico III line of bass pickups

Redlands, CA – February 4th, 2015- Following the incredible reception of the Alnico III NVT Tele pickup set, Nordstrand Pickups has decided to expand the use of Alnico III into a full line of bass pickups. Extensive testing has revealed alnico III to be a fantastic magnet for bass pickups – it’s sweeter, more … Continue reading

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Touching Bass with Julio Hernandez

Renowned bassist Julio Hernandez’s childhood was anything but humdrum, but Hernandez didn’t know it at the time. Whether he was jumping on crooner Paul Anka’s bed for a morning wakeup call or innocently attempting to snap a picture of camera shy, Lady Sings the Blues-era Diana Ross, brushes with fame … Continue reading

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Rafe Bradford

Rafe Bradford’s musical journey from dukey to domro to divas Rafe Bradford sat mesmerized in front of the TV. As a young kid in the late 1970s, the future bass extraordinaire saw George Duke and his keytar perform the goofball funk hit “Dukey Stick” on Wolfman Jack’s “Midnight Special Show.” … Continue reading

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