#1
Wondering what experience y'all have had with the " ******* Designed" pickups, such as:

Duncan Designed Active HB-105 pickups on the Schecter C-1 FR
Designed by EMG pickups on the Ibanez RG4EXQM1 (heard these pups suck).

And others of that ilk. If, in theory, I were planning on buying one of these guitars, or one like it, I would eventually upgrade to some real EMG's or some duncans, but not for a while.

Are there any companies that have good knock off copies? Or is it all a gimmick
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#2
I love my Duncan Designed HB103's in my Schecter Gryphon. They put out some pretty good tones.
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#3
The newer Duncan Designeds aren't bad, almost up to par with real ones as far as I'm aware. No experience with any other ones of that 'ilk'.
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#4
Cool, Thanks. I guess I just needed one more reason to get the Schecter, and that'll work.
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#5
Most of the Designed By pickups are the same design as you'd find in the regular pickups, they were simply made en masse with less quality control.
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