Stephens Designs pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups' started by Swampsnake, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. scovell001

    scovell001 Senior Member

    Messages:
    180
    Likes Received:
    82
    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2015
    I think the thing for me is that he actually makes quite nice sounding pickups & I'd 'actually' quite like to buy some. However, I'm scared to put that amount of cash into a black hole with no agreed timescale of what I will get and when. I hope I speak for everyone when I say that, because I think thats how a lot of us feel.

    I 'very nearly' did order a set & I was 'OK' to wait the year + for delivery & just 'take a chance'. But after contacting Bill at ECP I decided to pre-order a set of Hallowed Grounds. I'm still waiting on them, but I feel much more confident sending Bill my money than Dave. I also think the Hallowed Grounds pummel Dave's stuff into the ground.
     
    6 people like this.
  2. Tim Plains

    Tim Plains Senior Member

    Messages:
    12,211
    Likes Received:
    7,082
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2008
    Tell that to Tom Holmes. I waited exactly two years for a set.
     
  3. bill m

    bill m Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,858
    Likes Received:
    2,370
    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2010
    Your set will be shipping by the end of the week. Thank You!!
     
    3 people like this.
  4. Fiftywattmafia

    Fiftywattmafia Senior Member

    Messages:
    5,887
    Likes Received:
    8,624
    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2007
    If you think this thread is evidence on how far we have fallen as a society you are out of your mind.

    Nobody died in this thread. No plane hit a building. Nobody went to a real war in this thread. So get off your high horse.


     
    5 people like this.
  5. Nick-O

    Nick-O Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,247
    Likes Received:
    5,457
    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2014
  6. Nick-O

    Nick-O Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,247
    Likes Received:
    5,457
    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2014
  7. scovell001

    scovell001 Senior Member

    Messages:
    180
    Likes Received:
    82
    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2015
    Don't mention it Bill. I'm not in any rush at all.

    The fact that you are a winder & you are active on this forum is more than enough :)

    We don't see anything like that from 'the other guy'.

    I think we should all stop commenting on this thread now. Enough has been said already. I think the most positive way forward would be to set up some sort of 'buyers thread' where by (however many people want to buy Dave's pickups) club together & order all at the same time whilst publicly sharing all communications they receive. They can also tell one another/the thread when they receive their pickups. All of this whilst keeping Mr Stephens in the loop that this is publicly taking place on a forum due to buyer confidence in his products.
     
    1 person likes this.
  8. jamman

    jamman Premium Member

    Messages:
    8,828
    Likes Received:
    7,094
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2010
    Agee ^^^,,Good thing I'm really busy ,these days .:lol:
     
  9. MasterEvan07

    MasterEvan07 Senior Member

    Messages:
    762
    Likes Received:
    282
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2012
    Maybe he'd been drinking and needed to champion a cause...?
    Whatever the case, I wish he'd answered my original question :-/
     
  10. pinodorato

    pinodorato Senior Member

    Messages:
    174
    Likes Received:
    247
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2013
    SD Pickups are IMHO amazing! I have a set of SD59HD that are incredible, but honestly, I can say that ECP Hallowed Ground(I recently purchased a set) are in the same league, if not better.
     
    1 person likes this.
  11. SpareRibs

    SpareRibs Senior Member

    Messages:
    491
    Likes Received:
    260
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2011
    Hello,
    In the time spent waiting for the SD pickups most people could have probably bought a winder and wound pickups as good or maybe better than SD's.
    I find it hard to believe all of the secret ingredients involved, all of the conversations supposedly being held with experts in this field or that field.
    Gibson made pickups to a price point, contracting out to many different different vendors. There is no secret formula.
    There are many more vendors doing the same thing, making an accurate reproduction, using materials available now, not chasing some mystical authentic chemical composition.
    IN A REASONABLE TIME FRAME.
     
    1 person likes this.
  12. scovell001

    scovell001 Senior Member

    Messages:
    180
    Likes Received:
    82
    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2015
    Thats the problem right there. Amazing pickups, totally 'un-amazing' customer service, apparently.

    I've never ordered a set so I don't know. I was scared off by this & other forums. Recently there have been comments about a 3 month wait, which seems O.K. to me :)
     
    1 person likes this.
  13. peach64

    peach64 Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,709
    Likes Received:
    862
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2009
    Ditto...I bought a set off here, after waiting over year!!! So I asked Dave for my refund and he said no, and sent me a `59 Bridge, now I'm stuck with half a set??? WTF

    I switched out the Bridge, they both are beyond great, but now it seems like the `59 Bridge is starting to open up even more???

    As great as these are, Dave is not!!! Support good people, I really like Wizz, Daugherty , and look forward to checking out Hallowed Grounds
     
  14. chasenblues

    chasenblues Senior Member

    Messages:
    18,506
    Likes Received:
    24,227
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2007
    Guess you didn't read his "Terms" under "Guarantee/Warranty",
    (Or maybe he added them after to many people complained)

    " I do not give refunds, nor may you cancel your order for refund- your payment is acceptance of a binding contract to have your work done as stated. Your payment is usually spent immediately to keep magnets, wire and steel in stock as well as utility costs etc. etc. If you have any questions about my terms just contact me, its all just common sense really."


    Price List: SD Pickups, Custom Hand Wound Pickups by Dave Stephens, Stephens Design
     
  15. peach64

    peach64 Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,709
    Likes Received:
    862
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2009
    yeah...but he also said I'd have my pickups in 6 months...it was closer to a year and 6 months, so he can have his cake and eat it too...

    what goes around/comes around
     
    4 people like this.
  16. woolenmammoth

    woolenmammoth Senior Member

    Messages:
    960
    Likes Received:
    303
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2011
    Its is absolutely amazing that anyone would support this business model. I had two pairs of SD pickups which were good enough, but frankly not all that and not by a long shot. I sold both those sets and couldnt be happier to have that karma out of my life. When you support a business like this, you endorse people being treated like fools. It may not seem like alot of money to some, quite alot to others, but for all of us, that dollar is a vote and the world would be a much better place if people thought a little deeper about what they were supporting with their dollar beyond the product that it purchases.
     
    8 people like this.
  17. peach64

    peach64 Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,709
    Likes Received:
    862
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2009
    Even though I love his PAFS...I'm not a fan of him, and can't nor will support him ever again.
     
  18. pinodorato

    pinodorato Senior Member

    Messages:
    174
    Likes Received:
    247
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2013
    I also have a set of Bill's HG, you can't go wrong with those pickups :wow:
     

Share This Page