Pickups

*New* DeArmond Dynasonic Pickups

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I have not heard these pu's yet, so I won't pass judgement. What does bother me is that Guild/Cordoba has chosen to put them in an oddball semi-hollow / stop tailpiece version of a Starfire. I don't understand why they didn't put them in the current Newark Street version of the Starfire III, which is a relatively faithful version of the original with a fully hollow body, floating bridge and Guildsby or Guild Harp tailpiece on the Starfire II. The folks over at Cordoba need to get some input from some real Guild people.

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It's just a shame that the people who bought Guild don't care about it nearly as much as as the New Hartford people.

– Mr. Astro Jet

New Hartford never made a model with Dynas. FMIC didn’t offer it. I like the new guys are trying.

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Well...that's very dissappointing. The people who own the DeArmond brand have released a cheap Asian made copy of a not-so-great recent pickup that was kind of inspired by a bona fide proven classic.

Lame

– WB

I double dog dare ya to buy one and open it up for us! I'm all for this, cant be what they say it is for this price.

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Thanks for the review BR; I might get one for the bridge position in my Annie.I'm assuming these aren't too noisy since the output is relatively tame. I found the MIA DA 2000 to be quiet for a single coil.

One question: Is the diameter of the magnet slugs the same or larger than the Fender made DA 2000?

– Journeyman

They are pretty quiet, and output is decent, but it won't match something like a Seymour Duncan Dyna.

Slug diameter on the new pickup is 0.254", sorry I don't have a MIA DA 2000 around to measure anymore.

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I see that Sweetwater is discounting their SF-II and SF-IIIs, the versions with LB-1s. Given there are gold/black, nickel/black, and nickel/white Dynas out in the wild (well, kinda sorta) suggest these current models are being revamped with these pickups. Hell, I'll sell my SF-V and take my MIA Guildsby B6 with me to a new SF-III if they, in fact, do this thing.

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Years ago there was a local shop in NE section of Philly, Howard Herbert Music that had been a Guild dealer. The owner, the late Mr. Herbert was a really good old school chord melody player (and a very nice man) showed me one his personal guitars, a 60's vintage Guild Starfire III in Cadillac Green w/ two DeArmonds and a Melita bridge (he said he the guitar was a custom order and actually had his name on the truss rod cover if I remember correctly) and it played and sounded great. Hopefully, the folks at Guild will give us a fully hollow Newark Street Starfire III w/ the DeArmonds and Guildsby sooner than later.

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Hey Folks,

Just thought that I'd weigh in on this thread, and offer some information that I discovered. I was looking for a set of these to install in my G5435TG Pro Jet, to see if I can get close to that holy grail DeArmond/Duo Jet combination of the late 50's.

I was lucky enough to find a source where you should have no problems with availability, and will gladly share this information here. Unfortunately, it does me no good whatsoever, as I'm in Canada, and they won't ship outside of the USA. So, my southern brethren, you can hopefully benefit from my leg work, and be able to order a set, if you are looking to do so.

Here's the link: https://shop.guildguitars.c...

Price is $80 for the Nickel/White, and Nickel/Black versions, and $85 for the Gold/Black versions (which I need for my Black Pro Jet). As there is free shipping on orders over $150, from the Guild Store, this equates to a remarkable deal, if these pickups are able to come anywhere near close to what the original Dynasonics sounded like.

Cheers, and now I need to see if I can find a dealer in Canada who will order me a set - with the obligatory huge markup, no doubt.....

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the name issue is unfortunate, but if these are indeed similar to the D'A 2000s i have in the Special Jet they should be quite good. i like the 2000s a lot in the 5259; there's something about them that i like compared to Tokiwa Dynas, but i can't quantify it.

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New Hartford never made a model with Dynas. FMIC didn’t offer it. I like the new guys are trying.

– Charlie Vegas

Not good enough. They own the damn DeArmond name, a company with quite the legacy. As I said before, it's close to ridiculous they're calling it a Dynasonic - Dynasonic is vintage Gretsch catalog speak, not a term the DeArmond company ever used. Pretty painful IMO, for the Guild/DeArmond owners.

Second, it's a reissue of a 90's pickup that everyone agrees is kind of a Diet DeArmond. I think it's really disappointing, and a sign they don't have a specialist in-house who knows his stuff, or more likely, they plain don't care and are doing what they can make the most profit on. Super lame IMO.

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the name issue is unfortunate, but if these are indeed similar to the D'A 2000s i have in the Special Jet they should be quite good. i like the 2000s a lot in the 5259; there's something about them that i like compared to Tokiwa Dynas, but i can't quantify it.

– macphisto

I owned a Special Jet, and they were great in that guitar. These new pickups (I'll just call them 'pickups' ) are an improvement to DA 2000s to my ears. The new neck pickup is a little brighter, as the DA 2000 neck didn't sparkle as much-- a little more Stratty. The bridge is beefier sounding, not as thin as the Special Jet, and I did have them both set up the same way (pickup top 1 to 2 nickels' distance from strings, slugs flush with the top. The extra bit of winding does seem to make a difference here.


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