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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by qblue, May 8, 2018.
Yes @Ebidis .. I'd say you're right 'on the money'.. to coin a phrase..
I'm sure she for at least a decent salary increase for them to feature her name. If not she could just walk out the door and start her own boutique pickup company.
Fraud? Give me a break. I certainly wouldn't pay $500 for these pickups, but the umbrage you're taking in this case is pretty over the top.
Ethics, fraud . . . cmon. It's just an overpriced product like Gucci or anything else.
I understand very little of marketing, but apparently there’s a market for pickups with such prices. Fender is not the only one. If you want SD’s set of Joe Bonamassa humbuckers, you’re in the same price range.
Exactly. If you want Wide Range Humbuckers, you're spending big money for a set that comes sorta-kinda close to the herald sound of the originals. There are plenty of boutique winders that make pickups just as decent as stock Fenders, that charge double the price. Fender has a marketing campaign behind a premier winder...they're gonna charge big money.
I'm really confused by all the surprise, lol. Is Strat-talk really like this? Guys, don't buy the pickups if you don't want them. ***** and moan all you want, but this literally is what Fender wants. Controversy creates contention, which leads to notoriety, which inevitably lends to $$$. I'm sure Fender will sell a boatload of these, and there will be plenty of people happy with the pups, mojo or nah.
Go to winners and get yourself a pack of 3 Tommy Hilfiger black tees for the lows. Or go to Capsule and wait in line for the latest collab apparel that they have for like 200 dollars more. Same function, different societal purpose. Move on.
Worth it?? I think the answer's buried in this thread somewhere..
$500 is crazy! You can get some amazing pups for half that. There's a sucker born every minute.
Marketing 101, but I have a better idea.
Fender should say, no, you can't have them now but here is a waiting list you can get on. Make the waiting list at around 18+ months. This will create ebay/reverb market at 1K per set. Unlimited number of upper middle class bedroom players will start posting on forums how that's the TONE and that there is so much mojo in this set that it automatically makes you so expressive that you can't wait for the ordering email from Fender.
Gee, I am thinking Gibson should have done that with some guitars.
Hilarious! So true.
Hahaha. I echo the same sentiments here over on that thread.
Hey, it's working for a few boutique winders/pedal makers atm...
I am sure they are fine Strat pickups.
But make no mistake, they are just pickups. It's marketing and trying to sell you a "status badge" platform.
Changing pickups in of itself is like gambling, you never really know what the end result will be 'till you wire them in and try.
If you put those in, at that price, your psycho-meter in your brain is probably going to tell you're ears that it sounds like angels strumming a golden harp. I would hope so anyway.
I think I can safely say that having $ 400.00 pickups in your guitar matters to no one but you.
Excuse us for having a discussion and expressing opinions about a guitar related product... on a guitar related forum.
You might think so, but in my experience with corporate America, it is not the case. It's more likely, that she signed a non compete agreement when hired, so she can't start her own pickup company. Trust me, there is no end to corporate greed, and they will squeeze every last nickel they can.
That has been my experience anyway.
Ok, so I have some Josefina pickups in my cs. The guitar is fantastic, but that’s maybe a combination of factors more than just pickups. Worth a premium over the others, not so sure!
Taking a 'pop' at me again Fuzzpop? Lets not get personal eh! Your reply to a post of mine the other day was loaded with sarcasm.
Maybe think about the context, and how I've used the word 'fraud' in my post. You're obviously working from a different angle than me.
As for my taking 'umbrage'.. you've obviously passed by my more humorous posts on the subject.. Three I think. Funny that.. I wonder why..
I've got two sets of Josefinas, HW '60's and '50's, mids not RW/RP, that came as original equipment in a CS '64 and a CS '57, respectively. Both sets are slightly underwound, which may be the simplest explanation for why I like them. I have no idea whether any other set would sound better or worse in either guitar, but for me, this is the way to own them, as OEM.
I heard these are made in China......
You can take those pickups out of your CS Strat, sell them for $400 (a bargain) and put some regular old $150 pickups in the guitar, and have a tidy profit.
I have owned four of her signed sets in CS guitars.
Three were outstanding, and I would never consider changing them - in a '59, a '63, and a Postmodern.
The fourth were Ancho Poblanos, and they sounded lifeless to me over time.