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    Just wanted to know what everyone thinks are the better of the "cheap pickups". The most well known would be GFS. I've heard they can be a bit hit or miss, but the good ones are meant to rival seymour duncans. I've also heard good things about wilkinson; in fact I'm thinking of putting a set of those in my Jackson Performer.


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    I've used Kent Armstrong pickups with good results, kinda mid-range priced.

    I'd just buy used, it'll work out the same.  People are always parting with pickups for a lot less than new.  What pickups are you thinking of?  You could get most Duncans or Dimarzio's used for the same price as new GFS's.

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    Some people here have used Dragonfire pickups.

    I have only used GFS, and yes, they have some good products. That said, billybilly is correct in that you can usually buy a used pickup for the same budget price, if you're patient.
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      I really like the Guitarheads Alnico Supremes.

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      • guitarcapo
        guitarcapo commented
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        There's a company called Tonerider that makes some FANTASTIC moderately priced Telecaster pickups. I thought they sounded just as good as Lindy Fralin Blues Specials. The ones I tried were the "Vintage Plus" ones. Really nice components like cloth covered wires and quality alloys.

         

        They make P90, strat single coil and humbucker sets in various designs. I only had experience with the Telecaster ones but they were fantastic.

         

        They run something like $80 to $100 a set depending on the type.

         

         


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      intothevoid wrote:

      Just wanted to know what everyone thinks are the better of the "cheap pickups". The most well known would be GFS. I've heard they can be a bit hit or miss, but the good ones are meant to rival seymour duncans. I've also heard good things about wilkinson; in fact I'm thinking of putting a set of those in my Jackson Performer.


       

       

      The truth is, your Performer is a Japan-made model, and its pickups are pretty good.

       

      Probably a lot better than the brands you are looking at.

      Harold Horatio Heckuba (Triple H)

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      • Floyd Rosenbomb
        Floyd Rosenbomb commented
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        I think billybilly has it right, used.


      • intothevoid
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        harold heckuba wrote:

        intothevoid wrote:

        Just wanted to know what everyone thinks are the better of the "cheap pickups". The most well known would be GFS. I've heard they can be a bit hit or miss, but the good ones are meant to rival seymour duncans. I've also heard good things about wilkinson; in fact I'm thinking of putting a set of those in my Jackson Performer.


         

         

        The truth is, your Performer is a Japan-made model, and its pickups are pretty good.

         

        Probably a lot better than the brands you are looking at.


         

        Haha I had thought of that. At the moment it has only been played through a cheap practice amp. I have a 30w Valve amp sitting at my parents place which I will be picking up this weekend which will be a much better test of how good the pickups are. I'll probably end up leaving them in after playing through that. Still it's awesome to hear about all these different pickups I had never heard of before.


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      Bill Lawrence Wilde pickups.
      No one even comes close.
      http://www.wildepickups.com/

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