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posted Oct 21, 2013 12:50:46 by auditsq
hi there
maybe we can post good sellers @ Aliexpress for pickups and also models that we like,, i like Artec's ( Artec makes "Entwistle's )
Rainbow Musical instrument accessories store Wilkinsson ( lots of parts at real nice price )
Angel Store 814919 ( Wilkinsson, Epi's , real EMG's )
PHOENIX ZUO's store Store No.336783 ( lots of real nice stuff ) i bought a Gibson Dirty Finger pup from him ... 55$ .. just see that the package just arrived in Sweden ... .exited to trow that one in the bridge position
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sjcrowe6 said Oct 21, 2013 16:09:54
Good ideal! How do you search for a specific seller on AliExpress? I tried searching for Rainbow Musical and got nothing.
Thanks,
Steve
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auditsq said Oct 21, 2013 16:39:58
hi there

here's a directlink .. . i know what u will do tonight :) cheers
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auditsq said Oct 21, 2013 16:40:05
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auditsq said Oct 21, 2013 16:54:46
phoenix zou's ... interesting selection of pup's
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/336783


Angel store ... lots of Fishman stuff and also Wilkinsson, Epi's and Artec's
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/336783
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MichaelWamback said Oct 21, 2013 17:05:52
Wilkinsons came installed on the double neck from REG. It's the first time I've tried them, and I'm really impressed. Lots of top end like a PAF, very clear with no mud, very bright and responsive. I can honestly say this is the first cheaper guitar I've purchased (including Epi's) that I'm not feeling the need to change pickups.

GFS makes some good pickups that are not too hard on the budget.

If you are on a super tight budget, there is a guy on Ebay that sells his pickup sets out of his basement under the brand name of "Dragonfire". I think they are made in the same place that does GFS pups. They come in a cardboard box, no fancy packaging. I've used them on a couple of Les Pauls and an SG with really good results. And at $35 a pair (that's only $17.50 a pickup) with free shipping, you can't beat the price.

A lot of these pickups are manufactured for these guys by Artec. They buy them in bulk. No money on fancy packaging, glossy magazine ads, artist endorsements, trade shows, corporate offices and high CEO salaries. They are usually selling them out of their basement as a small business. The pickups are actually fairly decent for the price. But then again, you won't be able to brag to your friends about the expensive pickup that your favorite rocker slapped their name on.

The great part with inexpensive pickups is that you can experiment. You can install a set of $40 pickups, and if you decide you don't like them you can swap them for another. Definitely some good products out there that won't cut into your pizza and beer fund.
The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
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MichaelWamback said Oct 21, 2013 17:24:05
Try rarecustomguitars@hotmail.com - which is the reply address that shows in my gmail replies from them.
The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
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brokenone said Oct 21, 2013 19:25:31
Thanks soooo much!!!! They (phoenix zou's) have a TP-6 bridge! :D

But I don't think that's an original Gibson or even Epiphone one :s
Would you say it's the same thing with the pickups/tunerheads??
elroto
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MichaelWamback said Oct 21, 2013 19:53:51
No way to tell until you get it in your hands. They often use cheap knockoff of even Epiphone parts. It may be legit, it may be a fake. If a fake, it might be equal quality, or it might be crap. You pay your money and you take your chances.

The good news is that the crap bridges usually have the same routes and spacings of the real thing, so if it is crap you should be able to purchase a good bridge and swap it out with no problem.
The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
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brokenone said Oct 21, 2013 19:55:39
Exactly my point..! On a bridge or tunerheads it might be allright... But with pickups... I wouldn't risk... :s
elroto
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MichaelWamback said Oct 21, 2013 20:04:36
I do know that REG offered to install actual Gibson bridges for me for $120 - so if they say they have access to the genuine Gibson bridge, I'm sure that's exactly what they are talking about.
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The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
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brokenone said Oct 21, 2013 20:05:39
Sorry... I was talking about those in Aliexpress...
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elroto
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MichaelWamback said Oct 21, 2013 20:15:50
My concern with Ali or DH is that you might be dealing with a middle man, and some of those guys will promise things they can't deliver. Make sure you ask for photos to sign off on before the ship the guitar, otherwise refuse it when it arrives and ship it back to them. I would be firm on that with a special order.
The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
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auditsq said Oct 22, 2013 06:30:47
yes im really impressed also by some pickups i bought, wilkinsson is just as good as anyone imho.. their PAF's are as u say Michael is really nice ...
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DougLord said Oct 24, 2013 08:07:30
There seems to be a few people with Chibson's with Epiphone stamped on the pickups. Just thought I would share this with you, Epiphone like a lot of other manufacturers use 3rd party suppliers
one such supplier is Samsung, particularly with their Sheraton and LP range , so is an Epiphone an Epiphone?

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MichaelWamback said Oct 24, 2013 16:25:36
Heard a rumor a while back that Epiphone will often sell off their pickup components that are "factory 2nds" - meaning the logo didn't quite get stamped right or there was some other slight imperfection. These guys may be buying these up cheap and using them. Not to mention it wouldn't be hard for them to stamp "Epiphone" on a piece of metal.

As for me, I don't worry about it since I'm not a huge fan of Epiphone pickups anyway. I always swap them out in my Epi guitars.
The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
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