Ron Ellis, still making pickups?

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  1. PedalFreak

    PedalFreak Supporting Member

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    I've been trying now for a few months to find out current pricing, wait times, deposit info. Wanting to get a set of Broadcaster pickups, but haven't received any reply. In the past I would get replies within a couple days at most, now nothing for months.

    Is Ron making pickups still? Does anyone know the pricing and wait times these days?
     
  2. Liquid_Mojo

    Liquid_Mojo Supporting Member

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    He’s very heard to reach. I managed to get a hold of him after a few emails but never heard back from him after.

    Last I checked, he was about 2 year wait and payment in full was required to get on the list.
     
  3. MrGuitarhack

    MrGuitarhack Member

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    I've also been trying to get a hold of him for a set of strat pickups, multiple messages with no response.

    I know how wonderful his pickups sound but the prospect of dealing with the long wait and no communication has scared me away.
     
  4. PedalFreak

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    Wow 2 years?!?! Is he really making that many pickups, or is this not his main gig? Should've bought them a few years ago, was 3 months and no payment up front.
     
  5. Teleman76

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    Reverb.com and pay the premium. Your best bet.
     
  6. cap217

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    Ron is making pickups. He is busy w his real job. He is looking to transistion out this year which would help lead times.
     
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    Sweet business model!
     
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  8. PedalFreak

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    No way I'm paying those prices. Usually see them for $900+ a set there. Last I heard they were $300 for a set. I'll wait.
     
  9. Teleman76

    Teleman76 Tubes-a-glowin Silver Supporting Member

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    Then good luck getting a set. Plenty of other great pickup winders out there without the 2 year wait and money up front.
     
  10. soma

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    I'll say it, there are no set of new pickups worth $900.
     
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    I worked on a Danocaster tele that had a set of his pickups in. They were great sounding pickups but not 2 year wait, pay up front great.
    Mare, Fralin, Budz, all make excellent pickups. Don Mare in particular has that vintage tele sound down.
    You'd have to be either rich or crazy to hand over money in advance of a two year wait. That seems like the business practice of someone who spends money before he earns it.
     
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    Liquid_Mojo Supporting Member

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    I wouldn’t bother with Ellis and his business model. I would look into getting some pickups from Don Mare. He know Telecaster pickups inside and out. If you want a good Broadcaster pickup, look into his 0038 pickup.
     
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  13. PedalFreak

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    I've played the 0038, they were too harsh and bright for what I want. Looking for a growlier broadcaster pickup, slightly on the dark sounding side. The Ellis Broadcaster bridge with a mid/tall neck pickup that I played was perfect.
     
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  14. DewieCox

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    No old ones either.
     
  15. Drewski

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    I had his 60s strat set and preferred the Kleins in my other strat.... YMMV

    Theyre good, theyre not "better" than the other good winders(Klein, Mare, Lollar, Rocketfire etc) ime. Just a different flavor of good. You may LOVE that flavor. I didnt.
     
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    I don't know, but Klein should be as busy as Ron Ellis.
    I'd love to try some 50/60's but that doesn't look like it's going to happen.
     
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    Ron is a good guy but has a fulltime job and a long wait if he's even winding. I'd look into Budz pickups. I've owned an Ellis Broadcaster and the Budz 10k covers similar ground.
     
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    Fred Stuart Lap wrap is the best I have found next to the Ellis Broadcaster. Fred uses A3 in the Lapwrap. Killer pickups.
     
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    I talked to Ron a couple months back.. he has a full time job and does this on the side.. the wait is only a few months. And by the fall he should be retired and pickup production should increase dramatically.
     
  20. jim lavender

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    +1 for Budz pickups. Dave is a great guy and his customer service is second to none. I currently have 4 sets in various teles.
     
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