PLEASE! Mr. Seymour Duncan, it's a win-win scenario!
Meh, they are doing fine already...
Let's give credit where it's due, though. What other companies have the Liberator and the Coil Packs and the Blackouts and the Gus G. system? I think these guys are innovating and bringing new items to market all the time.
And I think it's hard to look at this from an outside perspective. How many customers are there saying, "You know, I've looked through the entire line of SD humbuckers, and nothing suits me."? It took me until several months trolling then several months as a member before I figured out what a good portion of the line was all about.
There may be a fine line between lots of options and too many options, or the market may be shifting towards selling more active pickups. Without sales numbers, I don't think we really know, and I think we're an insanely picky bunch when it comes to pickups and tone in general. So the polls we conduct around here may be from a concentrated segment of the market that may or may not exist outside of this community.
Right, but I was talking about neck pickups in general, not about specific magnet options. Btw, I was looking for a new neck pickup myself and lots of people here told me that only DiMarzio delivers for what I need so I ordered one of their pickups. For the very first time! And I'm sure I'm not the first one here to do so.if you think about it, DiMarzio has a pretty narrow selection of magnets as well.
Blackouts are really cool and I might get some if I go the active route, Coil Pack is redundant imo, and the Gus G. system is pure marketing.
We spit on those who choose to pose, we thrash with all the rest!
Your right this forum does represent a tiny microcosm of population and by far inst representative of guitar players at large.
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2 ideas. A specially reinforced version to facilitate magnet changing with less possiblility of messing up the wires and special screws for repeated tightening and loosening.
Special limited edition versions of popular swaps. C8, JB2, JB/Dist. w/small ceramic, etc.
The poll doesn't have the right options. It's not wether or not seymour duncan as a company is doing fine that's stating the obvious. It's more a thing how far they're willing to go to accomodate (foreign!) players! There is a demand for the custom 8 (and JB8 to a lesser degree, which is a crying shame since that pickup is great in it's own right: a clearer, less gritty superdistortion, but thats a whole different discussion). To go just by the forum demand, one can say: the demand is HUGE. There are at least 20 guys who have one or want one or even have more than one custom8, and I know of 10 guys who have contacted me directly in order to get a custom 8.
People don't know what they want until you show them what they really want. I mean to say that the custom5 also was 'just' a forummod and became a regular pickup. just a magswap done indoors, and sell it like a 'regular' pickup. what's the harm in that? Can't think of one.
If it happens to sell virtually nothing, they can lower production to, lets say, 10 units a week or month or whatever they consider a low production.
The magswapkit is a good idea for us tinkers, but for the regular player it's too much of a hassle. But.... Duncan also carries those pots and stuff for the tinkerer, which involved a lot more research and thus more costs.
I think that things like this will only emphasize the great focus Duncan has towards its users.
I am hoping to get a response from Frank Falbo or Evan, but that might be too far a stretch...?
I voted meh. Too much fanfare, when all they have to do is start offering mag options as a standard practice.
There's no reason mag options should have an upcharge IMO. SFC price just because someone at SD has to pick up and install an A2 instead of an A5? Meh. I understand why that is in practice; it causes a change in the status quo of the production line. But in theory, it is silly to me to have to pay list price plus an upcharge just because you want a different magnet. I think they should just make magnet variations part of the standard production line, the same way one can choose between black, zebra, nickel, gold, etc.
SD is a business. Any product line has to generate more money than it costs to set up and run. The scale of demand is unlikely to warrant the outlay.
As has already been pointed out, customers who know that they require a standard production coil wind with a non-standard choice of magnet can already order that.
Those with the curiosity to loosen a few screws and do their own magnets swaps are already catered for.
Where is the market?
Originally Posted by Red FormanOriginally Posted by Red Forman
Pepe aka Lt. Kojak
Seymour should let mj create 3 production pups. A low,medium and high output model