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  • Fender Tex-Mex vs GFS Vintage Alnico for a new build?

    I am building a strat with an ash body and Bocote neck. I have two wired pickguards and am too lazy to try them both. One has a set of Fender TexMex, the other GFS Premium Alnico Vintage.

    Which do you think is going to be the better choice for a nice tight strat sound?

    As I recall, I was a little underwhelmed with the Vintage GFS pickups. I swapped them into a Fender MIM Std and pulled them right out. That was a couple years ago and I don't know that I really gave them more than a cursory play and didn't think they sounded any better than the stock MIM pickups.

    This is the guitar mocked up. I was going to bring on the bling as shown but am going to go with cream pickups and knobs instead.

    "I've got a briefcase of thin air. I can play some tricks on you, pretend that I don't care." The Contrast

  • #2
    GFS
    Sweet guitar btw!
    Originally Posted by Frets99


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    What you pay depends on the headstock.

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    • #3
      I am a big fan of the Tex Mex pickups, but they are on the bright side and I am not sure if ash would make them too bright. It may...? Actually, I like the tex mex better than the american standard pickups.

      Unfortunately, I have not tried the gfs alnico's but if they are warmer, I would consider them.
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      • #4
        Can't speak for the GFS, but I did not care for Fender TexMex.
        I'm in a band called Little Sluggers. Signature.

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        • #5
          i really like my TX mex.. although they are not a quite pup..
          lots of 60 cycle hum...
          Electric Cowbell.. meh...
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          • #6
            Tex -Mexs for me

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            • #7
              I am a big fan of the Tex Mex pickups, but they are on the bright side and I am not sure if ash would make them too bright. It may...? Actually, I like the tex mex better than the american standard pickups.

              Unfortunately, I have not tried the gfs alnico's but if they are warmer, I would consider them.


              you can tame the bright bridge pup by doing the ole Jimmy Vaughn Trick.
              tone to bridge.. it takes a good bit of the overbite out of it... but it leaves the center pup with wide open... they are a bit over wound.. not much.. though..
              Electric Cowbell.. meh...
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              • #8
                I like the Tex Mex, too, but I would be wary of them in an ash body. I have a MIM Deluxe Ash that came with the Tex Mex pickups and, even with the bridge tone mod, they were crazy bright in that guitar.

                I have the GFS Alnicos in a '95 Korean Squier and they sound really good. I would try them first.
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                • #9
                  Cool wood, Han

                  I can't speak for the GFS pickups, but I really like the Tex-Mex...
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                  • #10
                    I really don't have an opinion on the pickups, but that is a seriously hot looking guitar you are building there!
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                    • #11
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                      • #12
                        I chose my Tex-Mex cause on paper its the closest Fender has to SRV's #1 at least at my price point (at the time).

                        Sweet neck btw.

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