Nordstrand BigRig 5 Set

Nordstrand BigRig 5 came to be through an organic and productive conversation with bassist Alberto Rigoni. What developed from this vocal clash of creative energy was a hum-canceling pickup with offset pole pieces; the coils working to sense different parts of string movement, resulting in a multidimensional tone that veers from the usual comb filter mode cancelation effect—which is what can sometimes cause humbuckers to sound a bit flat.

BigRig 5 tone is open, detailed, and elegant, all the while supplying the player with tons of texture and complexity that pays homage to the vintage 51 P that its design stems from. String spacing is crucial when it comes to this pickup, so in order to capture the full effect of this pickup’s succulent tone, be sure to double check your spacing.

If we do not have stock in hand of the option you would like. We place all our stock and custom shop orders on the 13th of each month with orders dispatched from Tone Merchants the first or second week of the new month. Contact us if you would like to know more or talk with us about a custom shop pickup options.

NZD $499.00 excl GST

Nordstrand BigRig 5 Set

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Nordstrand BigRig 5 Pickups are of caveman roots—a combination of the vintage 51 P design enhanced with modern, innovative, and creative pickup science. The pickup winding technicians who work at the shop simply cannot believe the amount of sonic dimension in these pickups. Coming to the conclusion that the only possible way for them to exist is through some sort of traverse through time. Perhaps an expedition conducted by Carey Nordstrand (the boss at Nordstrand Audio) and Alberto Rigoni that led them through the realm of vintage tone as they painted it with modern science and tone chasing gusto. The result of this endeavor is what has come to be Rigoni’s signature pickup: the refined Big Rig.

Cover options:

  • Bartolini® P2 (4.27″ x 1.27″)
  • EMG40® (1.51″ x 4.02″)

Nordstrand BigRig 5 Soapbar Specs:

  • Hum-canceling 5 string bass pickup.
  • Sold as complete set of pickups.
  • Angled pole pieces.
  • Alnico V: all around brighter, punchier, and meaner (Standard).
  • 19mm string spacing standard.
  • Laser cut, fiber bobbins.
  • Wax-potted to contain any unruly frequency that may attempt to desecrate your desired tone.
  • Available in soapbar covers.

Nordstrand Custom Shop Pickups:

Choose your own configuration for the bridge and neck, string spacing and type of Alnico magnet. The options are boundless and all yours. Pricing is no different for a custom shop pickup, but production times can vary. So Contact Us to find our more.

Fast Delivery Throughout NZ & Australia

All orders are sent from our store in Albany, Auckland. With delivery overnight for most locations in NZ. For our customers in Australia, you will receive your order within 5-10 days of being sent out to you.  All orders are sent on a track and trace courier. Once ready to send you will receive an e-amil letting you know it’s on the way to you along with your tracking link. So if needed you can keep an eye on it.

Tone Merchants are very proud to be the Distributor for Nordstrand Audio for New Zealand and Australia.

Additional information



Bartolini®, EMG40®


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