Arjun Menon wrote:
My question regarding the alumitone is that if the wiring is reduced by 90%, how can the pickup be sonically effective as compared to makes like bare knuckle, seymour duncans, dimarzios etc etc?
It's a different type of pickup entirely and doesn't act, sound or look like a conventional magnetic pickup at all. Very clean, clear sound and from what I've heard wouldn't make 99.9% of electric players happy. I doubt the tone would take distortion well, but I'll reserve judgement until I play a guitar with them.
i learnt a bit about the Buzz feiten system
It's a good system, but immediately jacks up the price by at least $200. It also requires a special tuner. An Earvana nut will get you 99% of the way there and only cost a few dollars more.
Also, of the options i have, the steinberger GT-Pro works out the cheapest at about 300 usd plus shipping plus customs duties etc.
Not quite the same as the old Steinbergers, but in one way that is good - they are wooden, and a lot cheaper than the "real" thing.
If i were to order two Dimarzios (each costing 65 usd), what would i be paying in customs duties etc etc.
Take the price of the invoice (including shipping) convert to Rand and add on 15%. That's rough, as it depends on the exchange rate when it clears through customs. If you need to find out what they will charge you for shipping, go through the order process to see what they add on - you can stop before confirming the order.