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Guitar Fetish Pickups?

Looking to replace pups in my Epi LP Studio Deluxe. Anyone running GFS 59s or a Hot Wound (brown sound) in the bridge? Sure can't beat the price. Plus they come with gold covers to match the stock pups.

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Re: Guitar Fetish Pickups?

Really not that much better than the stock ones but there alright, remember you get what you pay for/ Guys like MHD pickups can wind you a custom set with great wire,magnets, and work for 100 bucks. I would do that because your going to spend 60 bucks and probaly change them out in the future anyway.
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Re: Guitar Fetish Pickups?

I don't have lots of experience with GFS, but do have one of the "Lil Killer" single coil sized humbuckers. I'll say that the build quality is on par with most of the "big name" pickup winders, and sounds good. Excellent value.
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Re: Guitar Fetish Pickups?

Just as a reference ive had a alnico 2 bridge pickup and a 59 neck pickup. Both had that thick wax you find in epiphones under the cover. Maybe their professional line is better? I cant say i havent even seen one, i can only speak for what i own or once owned
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Re: Guitar Fetish Pickups?

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Looking to replace pups in my Epi LP Studio Deluxe. Anyone running GFS 59s or a Hot Wound (brown sound) in the bridge? Sure can't beat the price. Plus they come with gold covers to match the stock pups.

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Re: Guitar Fetish Pickups?

My favorite that I have tried from them is the mean 90 single coil. Had it in the neck of my lp before I went with a set of fat pats, now its waiting to get dropped into the bridge of a epi lp jr. or some such guitar project later on. Overall im pretty satisfied with their stuff, there discriptions are pretty acurate so thats how i usualy decide on what I want.
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Yep! Vintage 59's in my baby. Got them, love them, and recommend them.
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Really not that much better than the stock ones but there alright, remember you get what you pay for/ Guys like MHD pickups can wind you a custom set with great wire,magnets, and work for 100 bucks. I would do that because your going to spend 60 bucks and probaly change them out in the future anyway.
Have you played GFS Vintage 59's? I wonder why you say that there not much better than the stock ones. They're totally different with different voicing as well.
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I have a Crunchy Rails in my Wilshire and it sounds GREAT!! I use it for pretty much all my recordings.

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Re: Guitar Fetish Pickups?

You know, some are great and others not so much. I really liked the 59 neck and alnico pro II neck, and the fat pat was really nice in the bridge position. It's a cheap experiment, and if you don't like them, you can sell them for nearly as much as you paid.

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I just installed a set of all black power rails in my ebony studio. They sound pretty sweet so far but I have not been able to play with them too much.
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First switch out the stock pots and caps. Trust me, the guitar will sound much better. If you still don't like it, then change out the stock pups I guess
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First switch out the stock pots and caps. Trust me, the guitar will sound much better. If you still don't like it, then change out the stock pups I guess
And to add to that great advice, you can remove the covers, then remove the wax potting. That will get rid of the :mud" sound.
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Re: Guitar Fetish Pickups?

Thanx all,

Sammy, already done the electronic guts. Stock Epi pups are OK, but are lacking a little in liveliness and harmonics. Back in the day, it was always a SD JB in the bridge and a 59' in the neck. Also have had really good luck Dimarzio Tone Zone and Air Norton, but both sets with gold covers are pricey.

Lookin for EVH's "brown sound" for the bridge and EC's "woman tone" from the neck (gee, aren't we all?).

I agree with one thing for sure, it (GFS) would be a cheap experiment.

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Re: Guitar Fetish Pickups?

They're good pickups, better than what comes stock in todays' MIC models (most of them, at least) but I do find the descriptions on their site a little exaggerated. If your budget can only cover GFS pickups, nothing wrong with them, I don't think you will be sorry.

But as already mentioned, if you can stretch to US$ 115.00, go to the Vendor Classifieds and talk to Rayne (MHD) pickups. Quality hand-made aftermarket pickups don't compare to GFS.


FWIW, I have currently in my Washburn fat Strat 2 GFS pickups (singles, neodynium ones) and 1 MHD custom-wound humbucker. Quite happy with them all.
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Re: Guitar Fetish Pickups?

Sorry to sorta steal this thread but I have a question regarding pup's myself, I am swapping out the a5 classics in my studio. and I have been offered a set of pup's from a gibson LP standard... are they really worth swapping out for standard pup's (they're from a 2000 gibby lp stndrd and they are prolly a 490t and a 498t)?

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See post below.
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Re: Guitar Fetish Pickups?

Enjoyed all my GFS pickups. IMHO they are good pickups. Even great pickups if you are on a budget.

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Some are great, some are horrible. I originally put a set of crunchy pats in my jagmaster, they were too muddy, so I put the neck pickup(like 11k or so) in the bridge and I put a mean 90 in the neck, now that combo sounds good. I also tried some strat pickups from them, didn't care for their greybottom replicas, however the vintage overwound set with plastic bobbins and alnico magnets sounds pretty good in my squier bullet. Also, I had a lil killer side by side with cool rail and hot rail in my peavey, it sounded good on its own, but you would immediately notice extra detail and more character once you switched to either of the duncans. But for the price they are great and I would say they are better than stock epiphone pickups and maybe even better than some duncan designed pickups.
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I have a GFS Fat Pat in the Bridge of my Squire Fat Strat and it sounds much better and clearer than the humbucker that came with it and the Zebra looks great as well.
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Thanx all,

Sammy, already done the electronic guts. Stock Epi pups are OK, but are lacking a little in liveliness and harmonics. Back in the day, it was always a SD JB in the bridge and a 59' in the neck. Also have had really good luck Dimarzio Tone Zone and Air Norton, but both sets with gold covers are pricey.

Lookin for EVH's "brown sound" for the bridge and EC's "woman tone" from the neck (gee, aren't we all?).

I agree with one thing for sure, it (GFS) would be a cheap experiment.

Thanx again,

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Re: Guitar Fetish Pickups?

I've installed the GFS Surf 90's in my Korean-era Squier II Strat that I repainted Krylon Coral Isle Mist (see in Turd Polish thread) and they do NOT disappoint. The Surf 90's are exactly as advertised, perfect for that Surf/Rockabilly tone I had been seeking and a fantastic value too.
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I thought about the Surf 90's... but wen't with the Mean 90's. I'm happy with them.
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my stepson has a Fat Pat in the bridge of his Epi LP Standard... it's not bad at all.
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My .02 cents.

I love the GFS pups. I've been a Dimarzio guy for years. Have them in all my Ibanez's and as soon as I get a new guitar, 99.9% of the time Dimarzio's would go in the new axe. However, since discovering GFS pups. I've put two sets in my two of my Epi LP's. I've got a Fat Pat set in my Studio and the VEH's in my Plus Top. Love them both, I would put them right up there with any of my Dimarzio's.

For years, I've been searching for the right tone from a pup. The Dimarzio Super Distortion is the closest I've found in a bridge pick-up. With the PAF Pro, being my choice in the Neck. However, both the Fat Pat's and the VEH's are very close to what I'm looking for. They get very close to the tone I hear in my head. Only the Dimarzio Super D and PAF Pro can do that. I've tried the Tone Zone, Air Norton, Evolutions, Breed's, Blaze's. I will say that the Air Norton is probably my favorite in the neck, however it lacks the output I'm after, so the PAF Pro beats it, but just.

You won't be disappointed with a set of GFS pups. Just listen to his sound samples on his website and let your ears do the judging. Check them all out and then check them out again, and again and again.

I've always believed that ultimately the tone you set out to achieve, is really in your hands but that pick-ups are the best tool that can translate your tone into your guitar and through your amp. Even over wood choice(body and neck) amp choice and FX choices. Your pick-ups will help you to define the tone you're looking for.
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I love the GFS pups. I've been a Dimarzio guy for years. Have them in all my Ibanez's and as soon as I get a new guitar, 99.9% of the time Dimarzio's would go in the new axe. However, since discovering GFS pups. I've put two sets in my two of my Epi LP's. I've got a Fat Pat set in my Studio and the VEH's in my Plus Top. Love them both, I would put them right up there with any of my Dimarzio's.

For years, I've been searching for the right tone from a pup. The Dimarzio Super Distortion is the closest I've found in a bridge pick-up. With the PAF Pro, being my choice in the Neck. However, both the Fat Pat's and the VEH's are very close to what I'm looking for. They get very close to the tone I hear in my head. Only the Dimarzio Super D and PAF Pro can do that. I've tried the Tone Zone, Air Norton, Evolutions, Breed's, Blaze's. I will say that the Air Norton is probably my favorite in the neck, however it lacks the output I'm after, so the PAF Pro beats it, but just.

You won't be disappointed with a set of GFS pups. Just listen to his sound samples on his website and let your ears do the judging. Check them all out and then check them out again, and again and again.

I've always believed that ultimately the tone you set out to achieve, is really in your hands but that pick-ups are the best tool that can translate your tone into your guitar and through your amp. Even over wood choice(body and neck) amp choice and FX choices. Your pick-ups will help you to define the tone you're looking for.
JH1... That's valuable 2 cents there! I totally agree with all that you've said. I think a lot of guys start to rely on their pups to pump out their tone, without considering other important factors... their hands and ears.

When I was shopping for pups, I knew the tone I wanted in my head, but I never heard it replicated in any of the oodles of vids and sound clips I listened to. Then I happen to see a vid where a person installed GFS Vintage 59's in his LP. It wasn't quite the tone I heard in my head, but it was THE closest I had heard. So, I got them. Also, I installed a set of Premium Alnico II's in my Strat.

But I like when people discount their quality (which is pretty good), that keeps the prices down for the rest of us...right?

How do you like the VEH's? Good Rock tones? I have yet to hear those. I heard and liked the Dream 90's a lot.
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Re: Guitar Fetish Pickups?

Timely thread for me.

I picked up a battered Epiphone "Special" model project, and I'm thinking of putting either Mean 90s or Surf 90s into it. I'm a Social Distortion fan, so the Mean 90s would seem to be the best fit...but I'm afraid they couldn't give me the occasional rockabilly or thicker blues tone if I wanted it. Would the Dream 90s be considered the compromise between the two?
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GFS pickups aren't the best - but they're not all that bad, either. I have a pair of Crunchy Pats in my Custom model. They're great! And I paid like $80 for both.
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I tried the Mean 90 bridge, berry nice sound but ultimately swapped to Guitar Force. Has anybody tried the Professional Series??
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