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Why don't pickup manufacturers clearly label their pickups with brand and model?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Dismalhead, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    Mostly a complaint.

    Just got a new guitar. Pickups have been swapped. Not marked and of course, I have no idea what they are. I think they might be DiMarzios because they look like the pole pieces on a few models I've had in the past. Not asking for anyone on here to ID them, but shouldn't it be standard practice for premium pickup manufacturers to label their pickups with make and model? It's so lame. I know SD puts the brand on a lot of models, but not the model. It seems that most don't mark them in any way. You'd think they'd want to stick their name on their pickups that people used to upgrade from the stock pickups.
     
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  2. pondcaster

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    Great idea!

    Why is that not SOP?
     
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    I don't know.

    When I build pickups for myself, I clearly label them with exactly what I've done, just so I know, down the line. It'd certainly be my SOP, were I actually building and selling multiple models, to mark them as clearly as possible with model and a bit of spec.
     
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    Must be hiding something.... A good brand is a powerful thing.
     
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    Yeah I've bought guitars and love the tone and when i check the pickups i may find the brand but not what model it is. Don't know why manufacturers wouldn't want this known.
     
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    "an ignorant consumer is our best customer"?
     
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    Duncan has the model number marked/labeled on the underside of the pickups. At least they always have been on mine, but mine are pretty old with no brand name on them. I just looked at an old Sh-1 '59 Neck pickup in my stuff-stash and it's labeled '59 N. Personally, I wouldn't like having Seymour Duncan logo on the bobbins/covers of my pickups. Nor do I like Noiseless on them...that stuff should be out of sight.
     
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    Because they bought them in mass quantities from China, and would never put their own name on that....yet have no problem marking them up 500%

    I might be kidding, I might not.
     
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    'because you can't handle the truth'
     
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    "I want the TRUTH!!"
     
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    DiMarzio does this too. You can search the name to DiMarzio and the model number and it will bring up the name of the pickup on Google.
     
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    First of all why. One main reason. Pretty simple people love to upgrade there pick ups. If they new the truth about it they would be more likely to eather not get the guitar in the first place. Or if the pick ups are good ones then they wont want to replace them. My suggestion pick a guitar you like and do not worry whos name is on the pick up. If it is set up correctly it does not matter anyway. It is the player not the guitar.
     
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    "You can't handle the truth."

    Quote from somebody....forget who. :D
     
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    It's probably cheaper for them to not label them. The mark up on pickups is usually insane compared to cost of parts+labor. Maximize those profits y'all
     
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    I recently sold a guitar that had 2 Fralin P-90 pickups in it that I had a tech install around 2004-2005. I pulled the pickups just before it was sold to verify(Not that I didn't trust the tech) but there were no markings on the pickups other than a few + and 1 signs at the front. Checked out the magnet structure on google and they looked exact. Not that I'm paranoid but when I'm selling something to someone, I just kinda want to be sure. Ya, and those pickups never sounded anything but Fralin.
     
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    An ignorant consumer is the model citizen.
     
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    Isn't it because labels or stickers are sucking the tone out of the pickups?
     
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