Pickups

OUR CONCEPT

Ideally, the concept is to make everybody happy…! But in matters of pickups and electronics, debate will always prevail and fill in the columns of both professional magazines and forums.

So, instead of debating further, we have decided to offer an arbitrary choice of equipment, across the board of possible combinations, keeping in mind that our clients will always have the ultima possibilitas to switch pickups as their size is one of the main industry standards.

Nordstrand Audio Big Blade

The Big Blade is a product of the pursuit of a continuous sensing blade style pickup whose sound is powerful, huge, and ballistically belligerent—something close to our Big Singles but a bit more modern in both tone and appearance. The blade’s radius is designed for even output in most basses, which is analogously derivative of the uniform magnetic field that is sure to capture an accurate representation of each string’s vibrational nature. This pickup is the Spartan of our discriminating pickup regiment; the sonic soldier who wages war against any tonal incongruities that might suggest vulnerability. If any band’s thin, feeble-bodied, or indistinct mix dare cross its path, it will without a doubt be decimated by its unrelenting characteristics.

Check out the Nordstrand Audio Website for more information.

Why this (subjective biased) choice?

We absolutely wanted the power and clarity of a single coil for those players that want to “break through” the mix… The Big Blades do exactly that, and associated to the Glockenklang preamp, not only do they break through the mix, but they also shine through powerful output, be it in active or passive mode.

Duvoisin Active Bass Pickups & 3 Volt Preamp

In partnership with the “ARC Engineering Haute Ecole” in Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and professional bass players, Gérald Huguenin and Jacques Duvoisin have developed an innovative concept for pickups and integrated preamp, the purpose of which is not to seek to increase voltage but rather to put forward the colour of the instrument, which is a result of type of woods chosen to make it and to emphasize “transparency”. It only requires a 3-volt electrical supply (via two AA batteries), as they have managed to increase band width considerably (10-12kHz) and guarantee an exceptionally low residual noise of the bass guitar. Cortex is very proud to be able to offer its clients this innovative and very particular electronics solution.

Check out the Duvoisin Guitars Website for more information

Why this (subjective biased) choice?

A split coil humbucker has some qualities of the single coil without its main drawback, namely the residual noise. In this case, an added feature is the unusual 3 volt preamp: Its large bandwidth and low voltage ensures the lowest possible residual noise and focuses on transparency. No passive mode here… no need.

Aguilar Amp DCB Pickups

The DCB® pickups use our dual-ceramic bar design to capture all the detail and character of your tone. The pickup’s uniform magnetic field ensures that no information is lost, making this a great pickup for dynamic playing styles. Full-bodied tone with a rich sustain characterizes the sound of the DCB series, bringing out the best qualities in any instrument.

Check out the Aguilar Amp Website for more information.

Why this (subjective biased) choice?

Well simply because a double is a necessary and desirable part of the range you want to offer. In this ceramic version, it gets all the nuances of your style through, and associated to the top Aguilar preamp, give you countless options to mold your sound and tone as you wish, in active or passive mode.