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Unread 05-17-2007, 05:03 AM   #1
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$3800 Pickups Anyone?

Check these out. Vintage Gibson humbuckers for $3800? What would make pickups worth that much money? They're supposably from a 59 Les Paul.

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Unread 05-17-2007, 05:28 AM   #2
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honestly,Bro, in my eyes, the only thing that makes those pick-ups worth that kinda $$$ is the rich bloke who's willing to pay that for them!!!
i can get a custom guitar for that much loot!!!
i can even see spending that much for a custom amp, but not for pick-ups!!!
Then again, i'm a digital amp philistine, so what do i know!!!
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Unread 05-17-2007, 06:10 AM   #3
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Check these out. Vintage Gibson humbuckers for $3800? What would make pickups worth that much money? They're supposably from a 59 Les Paul.
I'll take three of them...

...oh... wait there's only two there, forget it then.

I guess if you had a '59 Les Paul and your pickups are dead then it would be better to keep it all original or as close to as possible for resale (they sell for a heck of a lot of money). But other then that no one in their right mind would spend this much on pickups, like bobby said you could get a custom made guitar (Les Paul style or whatever you want) for that much money.
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Unread 05-17-2007, 06:36 AM   #4
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I guess if you had a '59 Les Paul and your pickups are dead then it would be better to keep it all original or as close to as possible for resale (they sell for a heck of a lot of money).
They're not even a matched set. Only one of them is from a '59 Les Paul. The other one the guy says he bought on Ebay and he doesn't seem to know what it came off of.
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Unread 05-17-2007, 06:41 AM   #5
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They're not even a matched set. Only one of them is from a '59 Les Paul. The other one the guy says he bought on Ebay and he doesn't seem to know what it came off of.
Didn't see that. Well that changes things a bit.
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Unread 05-17-2007, 06:43 AM   #6
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I checked the completed listings and it looks like 50's vintage Gibson pickups can go for around $2000 a piece.
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Unread 05-17-2007, 06:56 AM   #7
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I Remember seeing an early LP on UK ebay for 300,000 pounds. I donít know what that is in US$ (probably around $500,000 US) but it was $750,000 AUD.
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Make your own vintage pickups, take new ones, flip 'em upside down, and give 'em some good whacks with a hammer. I haven't tried it myself, but it's supposed to work.
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Unread 05-17-2007, 07:43 AM   #9
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Make your own vintage pickups, take new ones, flip 'em upside down, and give 'em some good whacks with a hammer. I haven't tried it myself, but it's supposed to work.
Probably works by weakening the magnets, giving them the same quality as aged magnets.
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Unread 05-17-2007, 10:22 AM   #10
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The fact that they are original PAF's doesn't make them worth that much. I can buy a new Gibson Custom Shop model for that much.
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Unread 05-17-2007, 10:45 AM   #11
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... ... ... Notice the immense number of bids...
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Unread 05-17-2007, 11:10 AM   #12
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yep...at that price an unmatched pair isn't going to sell.

that being said, when having a matching pair of vintage pickups boosts your vintage '59 LPs value $15,000 and the pickups only cost you $3000, it's a good investment for a vintage collector.
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Unread 05-17-2007, 12:24 PM   #13
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Just for reference:

http://www.provide.net/~cfh/paf.html



'58-'60 Les Paul Standards are in the 6 figure range now (just saw three, $160k, $240k, and $450k), so for a collector, that is nothing for pickups (that are rare themselves). The vintage guitar market is very interesting.

if you thought the pickups were high, check out what some people are willing to pay for vintage knobs, backplates, and other small parts.
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Unread 05-18-2007, 01:07 PM   #14
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with two at that price alone you could by several 2 high end PRS's

IT'S STUPID TO PAY THAT MUCH!!!
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