So why are the GFS pickups so inexpensive?

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  1. GerryL98

    GerryL98 Senior Member

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    I just bought a set after reading reviews from this forum. I ordered a set of humbuckers that came out to a whopping $70 with shipping. What's the catch?
     
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    PoorMan Senior Member

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    They are made overseas with cheap labor and materials.
     
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    EEF13 Senior Member

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    I think by the people who make Kent Armstrong pickups.
     
  4. Liam

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    That will be the people that make the Kent Armstrong "Rainbow" range.

    "Rainbow" are very under-rated pickups, I've got them in all 3 of my Telecasters. Bought them years ago from Kent's factory in South East England, probably just around the time Kent moved back to the USA. Frightening bang per buck, less than $20 each, and they really do sound good.
     
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    hbucker Senior Member

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    Definitely made overseas - Korea, I believe. Cheaper components than DiMarzio or basic Duncan pikcups? Not sure about that. The guy who owns GFS designs the pickups to perform the way he wants them to, components and all. Then Korea makes them per his instructions. GFS have cheaper components than some, no doubt. But I'm not certain they're cheaper by default.

    I see 3 factors that make the pickups less expensive:
    1. Made overseas
    2. You're not paying for the name.
    3. He sells them directly so there is no middle-man markup. This 3rd one is significant.
     
  6. Searcy

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    That list is about it. The main factor is labor and parts costs for the Asian plants are much lower than they are here. If your willing to buy product by the container load you can get a real deal.
    From all I have heard the GFS pickups are great for the money.
     
  7. dennistruckdriver

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    I have used several GFS pickups, and found them to be all they are advertised to be. You can spend more and get better pickups, but you will spend a LOT more to get pickups that are significantly better.
    They are cheap enough, you can try a set, and if you don't like them, eBay them, and try another set!
     
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    jumpinjackf1ash Senior Member

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    they may be made overseas....but they follow GFS instructions and come up with some GREAT pups....everyone I have tried impresses me....like dennis said....to get something better you're gonna need a lot more money!

    I have them in two of my main guitars ;]

    they replaced a Seymour Duncan JB (the GFS KILLS THE JB) and a Dimarzio Tone Zone.

    Give em a try....and don't be hatin on em before you do! ;]
     
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    I have a set of GFS on my Epi Custom and can't complain.....very nice pups for the price.
     
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    Sinster Senior Member

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    Which GFS model?
     
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    +1 pwned

    im getting a dream 180 pickup for my neck on my current build which is on hold right now
     
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    They squeal and we have had several customers that bought them end up with bad coils.

    Avoid.
     
  13. Jason

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    Hmm.. Haven't had issues with mine yet. Of course I don't stand right in front of a full stack when I play or anything.

    Their customer service is excellent... which I cannot say about a certain pickup winder around here who completely blows me off repeatedly.
     
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    I ordered the Alnico Fat Pat Boutique Humbuckers in chrome. They should be here in a few days. I'll post a review.
     
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    Jason Senior Member

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    I bought one of their Fat Pat bridge positions awhile back. It's not too shabby, not exactly the tone I was looking for... but it's still definitely a good tone. It's a bit more vintage sounding than I had hoped.
     
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    You guys stop quoting me! I'm getting a complex!:shock:
     
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    I have a Crunchy PAF in the bridge position of my Edwards. It blew the SD SH-4 right out of the water, that's for sure. They're not boutique pickups or anything, but I really like them.
     
  18. GerryL98

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    Well I got it installed late last night. My first time doing this so I took my time. Soldering is easy...if had three hands!!! I only did the bridge pickup because it was getting late. I buttoned everything up, plugged in and....meh....sounded the same to me. Noodled around for 5 minutes at low volume not to wake the family and was kind of dissappointed.

    Well this morning played again any maybe my mind and ears were tired the night before because I did notice a difference. I could tell that the tone wasn't as muddy...it was a lot more clear, pick squeals sounds sharper and easier to do, and the treble was a little brighter, tone set to zero sounded good. I still need to adjust the pickup height and check intonation again so we'll see if that makes difference. Pickup is a little hotter than stock????...didn't notice.
     
  19. Shifty

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    Have the matched set of Fat Pats in my Epi custom and I love them.

    I have stood in fromt of a full stack and there is no sqeal in my set, btw.

    Keep Rockin,
    Shifty
     
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    I like the Fat Pat 100 x's better than the Tone Zones I've used...
     

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