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DiMarzio soapbar pickups in wooden shell? 800 usd each???

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by natas, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. natas


    Mar 14, 2013
    i've seen one with logo and all. wondering what could be the model and how much do these cost
    owner says its 800 usd each!!! i can't believe it.
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    They are the Alchemy 101, model DP128. Discontinued for a few years.
    I have them in one of my basses. Awesome pickups, very deep and straight tone.
    They were expensive back then, like $150 per pickup.

  4. natas


    Mar 14, 2013
  5. natas


    Mar 14, 2013
    thanks brothers
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    i remember these! (never got to hear them)

    their whole selling point was that while preamps are fine, these were made to sound good totally passive. something about "batteries are for flashlights".

    never heard of them catching on, certainly never heard of them becoming valuable like that.
  7. natas


    Mar 14, 2013
    yeah the seller might be trying to get something more from me.he actually says now that it's not alchemy
  8. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    It doesn't show in the upper pic but they had the DiMarzio logo engraved indeed. Here are mine.


    I'm inclined to say your seller is full of it. I'd still pay $150 used for a pair though. They're awesome.
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  9. Alivefor5

    Alivefor5 Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    I like your cool bovine background, and the bass.
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  10. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Mooh !
  11. BrotherRay


    Nov 28, 2016
    Detroit, MI
    Is that a Modulus? It shore is purdy!
    What do they (the pups) sound like?
  12. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    It's a custom bass made by a local luthier. Unbranded.
    These pickups sound very transparent and straight. Great for fretless.
  13. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    Gorgeous bass!