06-11-2013 05:40 PM
I just replaced a gfs "pro" 'bucker in my strat's bridge position with an SD 59. Huge improvement, and the SD 59 used was $10 more than a gfs "pro." Not so sure I see the value in gfs when you can pick up quality used gear for nearly the same price.
Do people still get butthurt about GFS here?
06-11-2013 06:14 PM
06-11-2013 06:53 PM
06-11-2013 07:23 PM - edited 06-11-2013 07:29 PM
I recently swapped out my Duncan 59' for a GFS Overwound Liverpool. i like the tone of the Liverpool a lot more than the 59'. Honestly, I think its just because Im just not that impressed with the 'Classic PAF tone' that every pickup manufacturer has some flavor of representing. Even though the Liverpool is still based on a classic tone, its still different, and more full and rounded tone... imho. I do still recognize that the 59', the other 59', the 57' classic, and so on... are all excellent pickups.
06-11-2013 08:13 PM
I think GFS pickups (and other parts) are still quite popular, I hear them mentioned or recommended on many other forums I visit. I've never tried their stuff but a lot of people still seem to like what they offer.
06-11-2013 08:18 PM
06-11-2013 09:17 PM
06-11-2013 09:55 PM
I had a set of GFS Repro 60s strat pickups in a Squier I used to own (that my brother now has) they were great low output pickups to wire in series for a beefier sound. But when I put together my current strat, it was BG Pups: a Phatty and S90 - the best pickup decision I've ever made.
06-11-2013 11:05 PM
Never tried their humbuckers but I really like the Strat pickups I picked up recently. They compare well to the more expensive pickups I have in my other two Strats.
06-12-2013 06:14 AM
I've used GFS in the past for something that I couldn't get elsewhere. I need white p/u's for this Wilshire I used to own. GFS was the best deal for that. Otherwise, as stated earlier, there are good deals on used p/u's from Duncan, DiMarzia, and others plus good offerings from Ken and Bryan.
06-12-2013 06:16 AM
06-12-2013 06:26 AM
06-12-2013 06:33 AM
I do remember people always saying their single coils were better than their humbuckers. I've never tried their SCs so who knows, maybe their not as dissapointing. Still, I can find much better quality for nearly the same coin in the spam thread or ebay.
I do have a set of GFS tuners on the same guitar with the SD 59. I'll give them credit for that, I've never had a single complaint about the tuners.
06-12-2013 06:41 AM
06-12-2013 06:59 AM
In my experience, anything they made that was labeled "hot", "overwound", "extreme", "plus" or whatever were kind of muddy and lame. The retrotrons were nice, though...and their standard PAF sounded great.
All that heavy metal style stuff seemed to be what you saw them selling on Ebay because there was an oversupply and not much demand at their online store.
06-12-2013 07:06 AM
06-12-2013 07:12 AM - edited 06-12-2013 07:13 AM
I liked their version of Tele hot rails Wasn't so happy when they first made them before they made a wider version since with their first version, the neck pickup rails didn't completely cover all areas under the strings for a full signal. Worse yet is they charged more for the wider XL version which is the vesion they should have made from the beginning. I have many teles, Fender USAs and many crappola imports and none worked with the original hot rails as they were too narrow.
Having said that, I much prefer the tone of Seymour Duncan Hot Rails for Tele in both neck and bridge positions. For the money though... The GFS pups are alright.
06-12-2013 12:01 PM - edited 06-12-2013 12:02 PM
I've had a few, both buckers and singles. I didn't really get on with the Neovins and was happy to move them on, but have really liked the non-stagger grey bottoms and the set with non-RWRP middle pickup (fantastic levels of quack in 2 and 4).
I've had a couple of sets of '59s, and they have a much more even output than SD '59s - certainly much more to my taste in a Les Paul. The disadvantages with them was that they were a bit too polite and could also quack a little more than one would like. I did a re-wiring job on the second set so they could be split, and popped them into a Switch vibracell guitar, where they sounded really good - I'd still have been happy with them if I'd not needed to move the guitar on.
Some of the bridges seem good value, but not (as one might expect at the price) of astonishing quality.
Personally I'd much rather have GFS than Seymour Duncan PUs, but I do also like Dimarzio possibly a little better in humbuckers.
06-14-2013 11:00 AM
I like the GFS Power Rails I put in my Fullerton ST4, but like someone said before, they're not as hot as GFS says they are. On the contrary, they're kind of mellow. I'm very curious about the GFS RED actives, tho.
06-17-2013 03:08 PM
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