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  February 9, 2016 Bartolini Inc. and Nordstrand Pickups Inc. have reached an agreement that allows and authorizes Bartolini Inc to use the angled alnico pole piece aesthetic for their b-axis J style pickup. Bartolini acknowledges the similarity in appearance of this design to the widely recognized and readily identifiable original angled pole piece arrangement established and used in commerce by Nordstrand since 2003. While the arrangement of the exposed b-axis alnico pole pieces may look similar to the Nordstrand arrangement, under the cover, the b-axis pickup continues Bartolini’s long history of original high asymmetry pickup designs, beginning with the Hi-A guitar pickup in the 70’s. Bartolini and Nordstrand recognize the value of asymmetrical magnetic string sensing fields in producing a rich and complex tone and will continue to develop these concepts independently, with mutual respect. This agreement assures all parties are satisfied and not at odds in any way going forward. Carey and Clyde appreciate the enthusiasm and support of the bass community. “The b-axis series takes the jazz bass to the highest level of voice and tone. With a complex asymmetrical response, our new design utilizes fully-encapsulated and exposed poles in unique harmony with Alnico V magnets to give the musician the ability to play any musical style. ” said Clyde Clark. “These pickups have an amazingly versatile voice that can give an instrument its true voice. Musicians everywhere will appreciate its performance and its price.” The b-axis series pickups come in both a 4-string and a 5-string variety with a dual-coil hum-cancelling design. The new pickups will give the artist that sought after Bartolini tone while allowing them to play a Jazz style instrument in the instrumentalists chosen genre.  It greatly broadens the choice of options available on the market.###  by...

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Bartolini: The New b-axis Series Jazz Bass Pickups Bartolini has long been recognized worldwide by music professionals as the choice for upgrading the tone and voice of their instruments. Since the introduction of the original Hi-A pickup series in the 1970’s, Bartolini has been known for providing musicians with world-class pickups and electronics. Continuing that legacy, President and Owner, Clyde Clark has recently released the next generation of Bass Pickups for Jazz style basses. “The b-axis series takes the jazz bass to the highest level of voice and tone. Based on the original Bartolini Hi-A design, with a complex, asynchronous response our new design utilizes fully encapsulated and exposed poles in unique harmony with Alnico V magnets to give the musician the ability to play any musical style.” said Clark. “These pickups have an amazing versatile voice that can give an instrument its true. Musicians everywhere will appreciate its performance and its price.” The b-axis series pickups come in both a 4-string and a 5-string variety with a split-coil hum-cancelling design. The new pickups will give the artist amazing versatility tone while allowing them to play a Jazz style instrument in the instrumentalists chosen genre.  It greatly broadens the choice of options available on the market.   So what makes these pickups special? Click this link to our answers section to learn more!  Click Here by...

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The Bartolini philosophy of Social Responsibility stems from the idea that we support and promote good things for those around us simply because it is the right thing to do for our society. We believe that making a real difference in the lives of others is an important part of living and working in our community.  When we find partners who are invested in educating others, in caring and in making a difference, we want to be a part of that effort. Whether this means we directly support those organizations and individuals, speak highly of them or both, it is our belief that, together,  we can make a difference and create a better world because of it. Bartolini believes in music and the arts so when social responsibility and the arts partner together, we get excited about it. Another aspect of our initiative to be good citizens is to be environmentally conscientious. Our packaging was chosen to be both recyclable and made from recycled materials. “When I was given the opportunity to head Bartolini, I knew I wanted to take a close look at processes, products and packaging to coincide with my personal philosophy of caring for our environment.” Says Clyde Clark, President of Bartolini. “We made a concerted effort to find ways to sync up our manufacturing and products with the environment in mind.”   Our pickup and module boxes are now made out of 80% recycled material and the boxes we use for harnesses  are made from 100% recycled materials.  Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is recognized around the world as the standard in guitar and bass guitartone with the broadest selection to fit almost any instrument. Based in San Luis Obispo, California,Bartolini builds pickups and electronics to some of the most respected luthiers, and to world‐classretailers who offer upgrade replacement parts with superior technical service. Learn more aboutBartolini’s products and the technology at www.bartolini.net. ###  by...

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  Bartolini Press Release January 22, 2014 – San Luis Obispo, California Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is pleased to announce their new ACE™ Series guitar pickups. Immaculately designed to deliver tone perfection, they harness the power and best features of both Alnico and Ceramic magnets to give the discerning guitarist a powerful and legendary tone. “Built to produce a hot tone you expect from an Alnico with the balancing tones you enjoy in a ceramic,” says Clyde Clark, President and Principal Engineer of Bartolini, “it is two musical flavors joined into one”. The pickups are designed in both single coil and humbucker. “The Bartolini ACE pickups are a perfect complement for Novax guitars,” claims Ralph Novak, Master Luthier, “our multi‐scale instruments have extended tonal range and rich harmonic output; the Bartolini ACE pickups capture every nuance, inspiring the player with complete freedom of expression.” The technical details: The ACE series are designed with a well‐defined magnetic field aperture for maximum clarity and tonal response. It also includes common mode noise cancellation. Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is recognized around the world as the standard in guitar and bass guitar tone with the broadest selection to fit almost any instrument. Based in San Luis Obispo, California, Bartolini builds pickups and electronics to some of the most respected luthiers, and to world‐class retailers who offer upgrade replacement parts with superior technical service.   http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21994-bartolini-releases-ace-and-singularity-pickups  by...

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Bartolini Press Release January 22, 2015 – San Luis Obispo, California Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is pleased to announce their ground breaking SINGULARITY™ soapbar style bass pickup series for single coil lovers in mind. Players who use soapbar style pickups can now get the world‐ renowned Bartolini tone found in Jazz Bass® (J Bass®) models. “We call it the SINGULARITY Series because of its uniqueness and single coil configuration,” says Clyde Clark, President and Principal Engineer at Bartolini, “there has been tremendous demand from players and luthiers alike.”  Available for 4, 5, and 6 string basses, these pickups come in many soapbar shapes and sizes, includingM3, M4, MK, P2, P4, and BC. They are offered in matched sets with reverse polarity for hum-cancellation.     Technical details: Unlike single coil pickups with fixed pole pieces locations, the SINGULARITY family is designed to support a wide range of string widths for maximum clarity and tone. They are fully shieldedto reduce electromagnetic interference and sealed in epoxy to eliminate unwanted microphonics.Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is recognized around the world as the standard in guitar and bass guitartone with the broadest selection to fit almost any instrument.  Based in San Luis Obispo, California, Bartolini builds pickups and electronics to some of the most respected luthiers, and to world‐classretailers who offer upgrade replacement parts with superior technical service. Learn more aboutBartolini’s products and the technology at www.bartolini.net.The Jazz Bass and J Bass trademarks are registered trademarks of Fender (FMIC).###    Singularity Product Search Bartolini Singularity Press Release       http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21994-bartolini-releases-ace-and-singularity-pickupsby...

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Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is pleased to announce the NTMB+ is shipping now with all 3-band harness products. This module is a single low-profile package replacing the previous 2-module configuration. “A 30% decrease in size means the NTMB+ will fit inside more guitars and basses.  “We got it to fit inside a smaller package, which means more flexibility for our customers” states Clyde Clark, president of Bartolini Pickups and Electronics.   The NTMB+ model is easier and quicker to install in your instrument. There is less to wire and less to connect, with the same awesome tone you have come to love and expect from Bartolini.Another benefit of this design is that it provides even lower noise, as the signal flow is controlled within one module. We offer the NTMB+ for sale as a standalone module and integrated into over 26 different pre-wired harnesses. There are two options offered; 1) NTMB+ GF for fretted instruments, 2) NTMB+ GFL for fretless instruments.NTMB+ F InstructionNTMB+ Mid Switch Configuration minPrevious module: 3-Band Preamp: NTMB-918FAdam Nitti Demo’s Ibanez with Bart pickups and NTMB+ Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is recognized around the world as the standard in guitar and bass guitar tone with the broadest selection to fit almost any instrument. Based in San Luis Obispo, California, Bartolini builds pickups and electronics to some of the most respected luthiers, and to service oriented retailers who offer upgrades and replacement parts. Learn more about Bartolini’s products and the technology at www.bartolini.net.by...

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Aug. 4, 2014. Novax Guitar’s 25 Anniversary Sweet Annie received excellent reviews from Premier Guitar magazine. This Limited Edition guitar is the embodiment of 40+ years of lutherie experience and 25+ years of multi-scale “Fanned-Fret” design. Premier Guitar writes that this guitar has “big, clear tones.” Ralph Novack offers two “Annies”.   Inspired by iconic designs, both ANNIES are the modern evolution of two popular classics, with enhanced performance features like multi-scale Fanned-Fret tone and individual bridges. 1)  “SWEET ANNIE”: maple neck/mahogany body/two custom-voiced Bartolini “soapbar” pickups, and a new proprietary 5-way switching circuit for 5 distinct, sparkling clear tones.  2)  “SASSY ANNIE”: maple neck/swamp ash body/three single-coil pickups by Bartolini.  Read the Review of the “Sweet Annie” at Premier Guitar Magazine.       Visit Novax Guitars now!    by...

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    April 4, 2014 Bartolini is pleased to announce Dana B. Goods as exclusive US distributor of the complete Bartolini product line, including pickups, pre-wired harnesses, and electronics modules. Over the last year, Bartolini has successfully achieved its lofty goals of doubling its production capacity and meeting 99% delivery schedules. Dana B. Goods, well-known in the music industry as a distributor of quality musical instruments and accessories, will be critical to the success of fulfilling the Bartolini product line to the retail outlets. They have excellent customer service, logistics, and technical expertise. Dana B. Goods can be reached at: http://www.danabgoods.com. Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is recognized around the world as the standard in guitar and bass guitar tone with the broadest selection to fit almost any instrument. Based in San Luis Obispo, California, Bartolini builds pickups and electronics for some of the most respected luthiers, and to service oriented retailers who offer upgrades and replacement parts. All products are USA manufactured and supported. Learn more about Bartolini’s products and the technology at www.bartolini.net. Dana B. Goods, based in Oxnard, California, is a distributor of quality musical instruments and accessories to U.S. music stores. Dana B. Goods is known for their outstanding customer service and for standing behind the products they  represent. You can reach them at http://www.danabgoods.com/.    by...

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  March 14, 2014 Orlando Wright – “I’ve used Bartolini pickups for over 25 years, no other pickup is as quiet, or clean sounding, with them I don’t have to worry about loud buzzing or interference noise, they work for me .” Orlando’s  Bartolini Endorsing Artist Page Orlando’s Web Page Buddy Guy’s Current Tour Dates                  by...

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  January 23, 2014 San Luis Obispo Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is pleased to announce the introduction of the NTMB+. It is a 3-band pre-amp module in a single low-profile package, as opposed to the previous NTMB/918 assembly that was comprised of two modules. “The NTMB+ reduces the pre-amp size by 30%, which will better fit guitars and basses that have small cavities.  The electronics design is identical to our very successful NTMB/918 preamp.  We just got it to fit in the smaller package,” states Clyde Clark, president of Bartolini Pickups and Electronics.   Another benefit of this design is that it provides even lower noise, as the signal flow is controlled within one module. In the near future, Bartolini will offer the NTMB+ for sale as a standalone module and integrated into over 26 different pre-wired harnesses. There are two options offered; 1) NTMB+ GF for fretted instruments, 2) NTMB+ GFL for fretless instruments. Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is recognized around the world as the standard in guitar and bass guitar tone with the broadest selection to fit almost any instrument. Based in San Luis Obispo, California, Bartolini builds pickups and electronics to some of the most respected luthiers, and to service oriented retailers who offer upgrades and replacement parts. Learn more about Bartolini’s products and the technology at www.bartolini.net.    by...

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    January 23, 2014 – San Luis Obispo, California Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is pleased to announce that Cort® Guitars and Basses is launching their new Jeff Berlin Signature bass at the NAMM ’14 show. Called the RITHIMIC, this new instrument features Bartolini pickups that Jeff collaborated closely with Cort and Clyde Clark, CEO of Bartolini Inc., to develop.  “These are the best sounding pickups I ever had on any bass that I ever played!” says Jeff, “These new pickups produce exactly how I feel a great sounding bass should sound!”  The pickup set consists of a neck and bridge pair. “Jeff is extremely pleased with the warm and thick tones, with a piano-like end,” remarked James Suh, Brand Manager at Cort, “the bridge pickup delivers a tone much deeper than bridge pickups normally produce.” “The pickups are a split-coil design with a well-defined magnetic field aperture for maximum clarity and tonal response,” commented Clyde Clark, “It also includes common mode noise cancellation.”  As the pickups in this signature bass are fully passive, the tone is optimized when the bass is connected to a high impedance input. Click here for a video demonstration with Jeff and Clyde! Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is recognized around the world as the standard in guitar and bass guitar tone with the broadest selection to fit almost any instrument. Based in San Luis Obispo, California, Bartolini builds pickups and electronics for some of the most respected luthiers, and to world-class retailers who offer upgrade replacement parts with superior technical service. Learn more about Bartolini’s products and the technology at www.bartolini.net.    by...

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January 21, 2014 – San Luis Obispo, California After many months of preparation, our new website is ready!  We are very excited to showcase our products and documentation to our devoted fans! The new site features the Tradition and Technology Video Series, which is Clyde’s mission in life- to fully enlighten people to the true technology behind electric guitars and basses. There is a wealth of tradition and popular beliefs out there; much of it is very helpful, and some…well, maybe not so much. Clyde takes the most important topics and explains the traditions and then breaks down the actual technology in an easy to understand way- we want you to maximize your knowledge and your tone!  Clyde has been a professional engineer for over twenty years and he is also a musician.  Bartolini Pickups and Electronics is recognized around the world as the standard in guitar and bass guitar tone with the broadest selection to fit almost any instrument. Based in San Luis Obispo, California, Bartolini builds pickups and electronics to some of the most respected luthiers, and to world-class retailers who offer upgrade replacement parts with superior technical service. Learn more about Bartolini’s products and the technology at www.bartolini.net.   Read more at Bass Frontiers Magazine  by...

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