Price of a Darkstar?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Tommygunn, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    I need to find a price of a new and used darkstar pickup. I googled it and can't find anything... can you help me?
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
  3. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
  4. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007
    They're not that expensive.
  5. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    I payed less for the bass!!!
  6. jmcgliss


    Apr 30, 2007
    So? I put a Dark Star in a P-bass mule and it became my #1 bass for two years. Eventually I upgraded the body to mahogany and I like it even better now. What's your goal?

    Dark Stars are like heart transplants - if you know you need one, does the price matter? If you don't know you need one, let someone else have it.
  7. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    My uncle is a carpenter, would his tools be good enough? If anybody knows a cheap darkstar... PM me!
  8. Stickk

    Stickk Guest

    Sep 2, 2008
    You're gonna need a router.
  9. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Aside from looking cool, I guess I'd have to actually hear a bass with a darkstar p'up to be sold on them - - they don't drop directly into most routes, so you'd have to COMMITTED to the whole "Darkstar" thing to install one, yes?

    So beyond just buying it because folks say it's great - where can one HEAR one?
  10. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    Hmmm... ok! well I'm just diggin a custom hole for it. And I've heard em and played em! Laklands are the best!
  11. creeper160

    creeper160 Guest

    Jun 24, 2009
    for the price they better open the gates of hell mwwahahahaha
  12. LCW

    LCW Inactive

    Mar 2, 2009
    well you alreayd know the price

    i was going to say get prepared to spend alot and than spend a little more than you thought.
  13. Fred Hammon

    Fred Hammon

    May 13, 2005
    I'm still here....sometimes a little late to the party.
    Why don't y'all just write me and ask?
    I spend as much time on the computer answering questions and helping people with their Dark Starred project ideas as I do making pickups.

    I had to publish a "list" price at my website. It's what one does when they're in business. I'm not quite sure why.

  14. Number27

    Number27 Guest

    hey fred, are the darkstars bigger in area than the standard gibson sidewinders? do they drop right into the same sized hole or is there some "modifing" that needs to be done to the route?
  15. Fred Hammon

    Fred Hammon

    May 13, 2005
    A little routing may be necessary. No always.
    I usually don't recommend this operation for really groovy vintage basses (Gibson or Epiphone) but to my mind anything after 1974 or so with a mudbucker pickup, is fair game and I heartily encourage it.
    Here's the routing specs for DS-1 and DS-2 models:


    To convert to mm multiply the dimensions by 25.4.

  16. slyjoe

    slyjoe Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2008
    Valley of the Sun (AZ)
    Hey Fred - as long as you're on :)

    Measuring from the back of a typical P-bass cutout, is that where the 1.75" cutout "starts"? And also, do you recommend the poles towards the bridge or the neck?

    The Darkstar I have would seem to indicate (based on how much cable there is) that the poles go towards the neck.
  17. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn Guest

    Mar 25, 2006
    What EVER it takes ... it's worth every dime!

    Fred click my link and check out the new band ...

    ;) ... As always the best to ya ... Kenny
  18. xk49w


    Apr 13, 2008
    The Lakland site has some great audio clips. The Decade pickups have been changed to Chi-Sonics, but for now the Decade audio clips are still of the Darkstars.
  19. Fred Hammon

    Fred Hammon

    May 13, 2005
    Sorry, Slyjoe.
    I had laid out a really detailed answer complete with multi photos and typical "Fred" pontification but I lost it, not yet being used to my new computer with the Vista software.

    I think the gist of it was that I don't really know about pickup location because it's all subjective yadda-blah-etc and I only know what I like, yadda-blah, and that lead wire length should have nothing to do with it if I read your question right.

    Now I'm too tired.....and you're probably better off for it.

  20. slyjoe

    slyjoe Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2008
    Valley of the Sun (AZ)
    Hey Fred - no problem. If you have a new Vista install, you have bigger issues than my Darkstar orientation. ;)