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This is the hype off the Epi site about Elitist pups. More than a lot of production guitar makers, but still too general. Doesn't even say what type of magnets, just that they custom magnetize them themselves. I read someplace that they are virtually '57s, but with A5 instead of A2 magnets - haven't confirmed this though.

All Elite instruments are equipped with custom-wound pickups "Made in the USA" exclusively for Epiphone by Gibson Musical Instruments and are made with such uncompromising features as:

* High Quality Cover Materials - All pickup covers use quality German silver with vintage Nickel or real 24K Gold finish.
* Vintage Two-Conductor Wiring - Authentic two-conductor wiring with "braided" outer shielding for true vintage look and tone.
* Full Wax Potting - Every pickup is potted in a special wax bath to insure that microphonic feedback due to internal vibration is elimated. All covered models receive a second wax bath to further protect the pickup.
* Specially Made Magnets - All magnets are magnetized by Gibson to ensure the total reliability of each magnet's performance. Critical magnetic flux is maintained for the perfect combination of output without sacrificing tonal characteristics.

 

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interesting...but the elitists are way more than the regular epis, and you could probably buy a regular epiphone, stick some really nice pickups in, upgrade, etc...for less than elitist.
 
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