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  • GFS P90 pickups

    These things are all over ebay- esp the humbucker sized ones. Anyone try them- worth it or go PHat cat SDs?

  • #2
    Word is that they're good for the money, but have a somewhat different tonal characteristic.
    People seem to give very mixed reviews about the Phat Cats too.
    There's always the Gibson P94's as well.

    But don't forget about Vintage Vibe Guitars. I just ordered a custom wound set of humbucker sized P90's from Pete Biltoft. He charged me $105 for the set, and he made them with Alnico V magnets. He also included 4 ceramic magnets and instructions on how to swap them without charging me an extra dime. He started working on them as soon as I made the payment, shot me an e-mail with postal info when he sent them out, and got them here quick. Super nice guy and very professional, considering he has a day job and does guitar work as a hobby.

    "Pete has a degree with honors in Chemistry, and Metallurgy from Georgia Tech. He lives, and works in northern California, Pete works his day job for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he is an engineer working on the worlds biggest, and most powerful Laser".

    That's a crazy deal for a hand wound set of pickups. I'll throw the shameless plug for him.

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    • #3
      I have them in a 'Strat..

      Very, very nice tone, and you can go from piercing leads to smooth rhythm..

      Of course you would get a slightly 'warmer' tone in a mahogany bodied guitar, but in a 'strat (with brighter tone wood) they will handle just about anything.

      "It's funny the way most people love the dead. Once you are dead, you are made for life." Jimi Hendrix ~ 1968

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      • #4
        The ones I've used are the Brooklyns and I've liked them a lot....they were almost identical to a Kent Armstrong P-90 for humbucker rout in output and tone.
        "I don't want to be immortalized through my work. I want to be immortalized by not dying." Woody Allen

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        • #5
          Originally posted by OldFenderGuy
          I have them in a 'Strat..

          Very, very nice tone, and you can go from piercing leads to smooth rhythm..

          Of course you would get a slightly 'warmer' tone in a mahogany bodied guitar, but in a 'strat (with brighter tone wood) they will handle just about anything.




          That's a sweet guitar...............
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          • #6
            that is cool- and very fenderish to have the front and back pup different colors! the black one comps the knobs and the pearl comps the guard- good choice/luck!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by syrinx
              that is cool- and very fenderish to have the front and back pup different colors! the black one comps the knobs and the pearl comps the guard- good choice/luck!


              Actually both pup covers are black, I think it's just the reflection that makes one of them appear to 'black pearl'.

              The P90 'strat is a real player, but I've found that I don't use it all that often. I play in "clean mode" most of the time, so the regular single-coil 'strats and 'teles get most of the playing time.

              I'll probably end up selling it (at a loss no doubt) to someone that needs the P90 Crunch..
              "It's funny the way most people love the dead. Once you are dead, you are made for life." Jimi Hendrix ~ 1968

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              • #8
                I put a set of the GFS P90's in an Agile LP 2500.

                I thought they were fantastic, quality built pups for the money. The tone wasn't for me, as they were a little bit lower output than i like, but they had fabulous warmth and single string clarity on chords.

                Definitely more of a vintage vibe than a modern one, but I guess that's what you want in P90's anyway.
                The Freakin Hott

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                • #9
                  I have a pair of Vintage Vibe HB sized P-90's for sale in the "spam" thread. Great sounding pickups, just not my style.
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                  • #10
                    I have apair in a strat I just modded, I think they are great! If your looking for a light p-90 sound, these are it not as hot as some I have had, but they have great fat single bite.
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                    • #11
                      I have the Dream 90 (hb sized) in the bridge of my cheap Ibanez. I can't get enough of that bite. Sure, it hums a bit, but after all, it's a single coil. The clarity of chords and the overall springiness almost gives it a Strat-esque character. Sounds pretty hot with distortion as well.
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                      • #12
                        i put gfs dream 90s in my pawnshop aria pro II about a month ago -- and i keep going back to it, leaving my strat and my bluesbird sitting around wondering when they're gonna get played...

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