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Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by awasson, Nov 4, 2017.
Thanks for the heads up!
Thanks for the links. For some reason, I couldn't find them yesterday. Old age, I guess.
These are Strat-sized single coils.
Ok, that’s really odd. I have a set of their A5 sort of premium priced Strat pickups. They’re model number DS53. They are definitely wound within the bobbins and I’m using a set of naturally yellowed fender covers from the 80’s or 90’s on them.
Here’s a photo of what they looked like when they arrived with the stock covers. Those covers will slide of and the fender ones slide right on. I didn’t see any issues with my set.
Donlis replied to an old email exchange today and asked how I am and what I think about their pickups. So yes they are certainly listening to and wanting our feedback. Anybody else get an email from them?
Mine are the same.
Ordered a set of the A2 humbuckers with nickel silver covers. Interested to see how they compare with my other sub-$100/pair pickups. I have a number of other cheap ones, including RH Factor, Tone Emporium, Giovanni, Iron Gear and GFS. If they work out, I'll try some Tele ones on my next build. Should be fun.
Thanks Antigua Tele for all your informative posts on these pickups.
Donlis definitely looks around the web...
They've never messaged me proactively. I got a response once when I asked why their double cream offering was removed, and they politely informed me DiMarzio had contacted them about their listing.
Wow. Cr@##y on DiMarzio. I'll never buy anything of theirs.
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@Antigua Tele Yes I saw they lifted your photo for their banner the other day
They told me about Dimarzio bitching about the double creams too.
Hmmm..... later today I’ll yank mine out and photo them without the covers to give you an idea of what they should look like. That’s really weird that you’d be having trouble with fitting the covers. Definitely a QC issue I would think. I’ll probably be able to do that within the next 4-6 hours, after work.
If we can get pics of the bulging coils, that would be very helpful.
Their Pickups are cheap enough with covers to request double creams with non potted, non soldered nickel covers, "for options". I bet they'd do it.
Yes, I did read that. Crazy stuff. It isn't even like they "invented" anything. Also, it's been 36 years since then, they should get over their "cleverness". lol
Ok, long day but I managed to yard mine out and photographed one of them to show you want I'm seeing. The pickups fit the covers (Fender MIJ 80's covers from old ceramics). They are snug but there is no restriction, resistance or forcing to prevent them sliding in.
Im not surprized they do. I searched for "Donlis" on the net (thinking of buying a body) and the first thing I got on google was a one or two indepth treads about there pickups. If they googled there name the should have ended up here first also....TDPRI rules
So, how do you like these pups?
I am considering buying Fender Texas specials, or The Dragonfire equivalent. But maybe these would be hot enough?
The other option I guess is to ask them if they have a RWRP set of three of the 9.0 output pups. https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...650.html?spm=2114.120106188.8.131.52a7393bdaG8zPd
I reviewed the set here http://guitarnuts2.proboards.com/thread/7848/donlis-ds53-analysis-review , they are like a cross between Fat 50's and Texas Specials. They have the hotter bridge of Texas Specials, but the neck and middle are matched, like Fat 50's. I really like them, in fact I put them in my most prized Strat, a Fender Japan ST62-SPL Garden.
I do like them. I spent a little time getting the heights set to where I wanted them. If I was more experienced with the Strat, I'll bet it wouldn't have taken as long but I was more used to setting up humbuckers and the heights on my Tele. The Strat, because of the floating bridge seems to me to be very particular and requires adjusting, listening and adjusting some more to get it right.