Probucker Pickups on ebay from Asia - Legit?

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  1. squierjosh

    squierjosh Member

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    Looks like there's a LOT of ProBucker pickup sets on ebay from Asian countries. Does anyone know if these are legit? Is someone parting out new Epi LPs over there? I'd like to get a set of ProBuckers for my new-to-me LP Studio Deluxe.

    Couple examples:
    Alnico Classic Neck/Probucker bridge
    ProBucker neck and bridge
    ProBucker neck and bridge

    Most sets seem to come with the wiring harness and quick connect system, and have the Epiphone stamp on the bottom. That seems like a lot of work to fake just to sell Epiphone parts.
     
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  2. Paruwi

    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    Epi doesn't sell parts like this seperately at all,

    so it can't be 'legit'
     
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    Ok...are the pickups legit? As my question asks - is someone buying these guitars and parting them out?
     
  4. Paruwi

    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    Where should anybody buy them if Epiphone doesn't sell them ?

    they are offered as 'New'
     
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    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    [​IMG]

    Anybody with 'real' Epi Probuckers could compare them...

    IIRC even the white 'quick-conectors' are not how they should be
     
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    wildeman Well-Known Member

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    Im sure you can find the whole fake guitar pretty easily:thumb:
     
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    I have no reason to believe that the "many" sets of Epiphone pickups that are available for sale on ebay are fake.
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Not even when they're supposedly "new" and coming from overseas?
     
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    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    they did not back in 2017 AFAIK
     
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    Yes I know, I was surprised too. Maybe it's to confirm that the Chinese we see on eBay are fake.
     
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    I've bought a set as well as a set of Casino P90's. They seem legit, the specs seem to line up correctly and they sound decent enough. I suspect they may be extras or rejects from a OEM production run that someone bought (maybe at the back door of the factory) and they're selling them.
     
  13. Raiyn

    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Meh, this is part of the reason I bought the pickups for my axes direct from the manufacturer.

    EDIT: That reads a bit snobby.... It isn't. Kiesel / Carvin sells direct to the consumer. Saves a bunch of markup and I got excellent pickups for not a lot of my dough.
     
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    Nobody can live with what comes with the guitar, so there are tons of used pups on the market.
     
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    While that's certainly a thing, one should always be suspicious when a deal is too good to be true.
     

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