UnbrokenGlass
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#1
So there's a guy selling an Ibanez Gio on Craigslist around here(Boston) with two Lace Sensor Duallys in it. Not particularly interested in the Gio, but I know the Lace Sensors go for like $90 a pop new. Dude's asking $120 for the whole shebang, am I nuts if I jump on this(assuming they're in good shape when I check it out, I'd probably just take them out and fit them on one of my existing guitars), or is he nuts for pricing it there?
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#2
If you like the sound and they are in shape, why not going for it?
The price is good.
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UnbrokenGlass
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#3
OK, cool, figured I'd check. I'm almost wary of the price but I don't know how much pickups depreciate once they're installed, and it could just be some dude that has no clue(or just doesn't care, y'know?).
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#4
Dunnow about how the thing actually goes, but pickups don't really break or wear after being used, so I don't see why that wouldn't be a good deal if you like the sound.
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#5
Worst case, unless you're strapped for cash, its only $120.
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I bought a Harmony Strat loaded with EMG-SA's (EMG wiring and everything) for $60 a few years ago. Sold the loaded pickguard for $175 on eBay and sold the rest of the guitar for $45 on CL
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I played an old fender bullet once with some lace pups in it. If I had the money I would have bought it in a heart beat. they just sounded fantastic.
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#8
Are they gold, red, white, etc? That may affect you're decision but I agree with everyone else, its not a bad deal. Think of it as $90 for the pups and $30 for the guitar. Maybe even talk down the price if you're standing there waving bills at the seller.
I used to have a mexi strat with golds. I quite liked the tone but couldnt get along with the strat functionally.
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#9
I've always been fond of Lace Sensors. My strat has Golds in it and we just rebuild an old Ibanez with a Deathbucker, Single Silver, and Dually Red/Blue. It sounds great.
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#10
I usually figure that pickups are worth half (or less) their new price as soon as you open the box. So if those were $90 new, you're buying $45 (or less) worth of pickups used. If they've got short leads (some guys get lazy and leave the wiring from the previous pickups in the guitar, clip the pickup leads short and solder those to the old wiring), they're worth even less (or I leave them alone altogether).

Open coil pickups are a crapshoot -- guys sweat into them, the salt finds its way into micro-holes in the insulation of the coil wire, begins to corrode the copper, the crystals formed begin to expand and send pointy little things through the insulation and into the adjoining copper causing tiny partial shorts that change the power of the pickups, sometimes eventually shorting them out completely.

In short, I'd never ever buy a guitar for the pickups.