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Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Joeyb817, Jan 15, 2020.
A fool and his money....
Prices on Reverb and EBay went from $450 to $1500. When you go on the website they say, Sold Out. I gave an example of the Dan Strain’s Guitars skyrocketing because he stopped making them. Same thing with some effects pedals. I didn’t set the price, the public demand will. That’s why I asked the questions I did. I don’t know if he’s making pickups at all or just for dealers. I also said I wouldn’t pay for them, but I think there are people that will. Are they great pickups? Yes, I think they are. I’m not pulling my pickups out of my guitar to sell them. I’m not trying to frustrate anybody or make them mad. Just a friendly conversation.
No worries, man; just because we’re all going harrumph harrumph that doesn’t mean we aren’t enjoying the conversation!
There’s nothing we enjoy more around here than something we can get a little indignant about.
I’ll tell ya one thing though: if I had some $450 tele pickups that I could sell for $1500, those puppies would be GONE!
There's no frustration, panic, or cloud yelling--yet This is part of the discussion. Public demand? I see no history of any of these pickups being sold at these prices. I will bet dollars to donuts I can find better sounding pickups for 100 bucks over any of these things--heh
Arlo talked to me the other day,
But I don't know how to sign.
I own at least a dozen guitars, been playing for 30 years or so. Right now I’m playing through a Deluxe Reverb and a Swart. The Strat pickups sound like my best friends ‘56 Fender Strat to me. They’re very mellow and have almost a tremolo effect in the sweet spot, harmonics are off the charts when I push the amp to break up. I really enjoy them. The Bridge pickup in the Tele rips, sounds just as good as my CS HW Nocaster pickup. The Neck very similar. Anyway, I put good wiring in my guitars mostly Emerson.
To my ear, it’s what I like. They are some of the best pickups for what they are. $1500? No, I couldn’t. They’re well worth the $400 I paid for them.
I think that self assuredness is important, I'm all about people doing what they want/believe in.
Imo $400-$1500 for a few bucks worth of magnets and wire is a joke and that time/money is better spent on fretwork and chops.
Great reply! Thanks.
Asking price and selling price are very different things.
I can list a set of Fender AV64 pickups for $500. Doesn’t mean I’ll get that.
I haven’t seen any evidence of people paying $1500 for a set of these pickups and very much doubt I will.
Rob.....if you were a scum-sucking bottom dweller (which I know you're not!) this would be a great marketing opportunity for you......start labeling some of your pickups as "Virgil Arlo Tribute" pickups, and you could clean up. $1500?.....heck, price 'em at $10,000 and see what happens.
But seriously, when I can buy a set of yours or Ryan's at Bootstrap for 1/20th that price, my common sense takes charge.....and I have to say "WTF"!!!!!!!!!!
I ordered a pickup from Rob on Tuesday, it was shipped on Wednesday, and tracking shows I'll have it on Friday. I'm sure it will be a killer, and all at an extremely reasonable price.
I don't buy the idea that someone most of us have never heard of legitimately has a 2-month waiting list for pickups priced at $400.
Maybe we just haven't been paying attention.....perhaps playing our guitars instead of following the hype. This is from 2016.......
Cool story. I now feel less silly for spending $300 on an actual 1966 Telecaster bridge pickup with original winding a couple years ago.
Just think ....10 gigs and they’re paid for.
people who spend that much on pickups don’t play gigs.
And that’s why they don’t. No talent losers. Lol.
Nor me either.
There's been several threads here about the VA pickups in the past two or three years.
Allen Hinds was hawking their wares.
SOLD OUT!!!???? Nooooooo.
Now there will never be good tone or good playing ever again
You know, I was thinking about the name Virgil Arlo, and I have to say that whoever is behind this thing at least has a sense of humor.
I mean, who are two of the most famous spinners of tall tales in our modern consciousness? One is certainly Virgil, author of the Aeniad. And another is Arlo Guthrie, author of the 19-minute epic “Alice’s Restaurant.”
I have to believe they had this in mind when spinning the tale of their legendary reclusive pickup winder.