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Title: Any opinions on the GFS (Guitar Fetish) pickups?
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(Date Posted:06/29/2005 22:38:01)
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I'm not a shill or promoter, but I recently put in a "Boutique overwound Tele Alnico 62 Bridge pickup I30" from Guitar Fetish (bought off Ebay) and am amazed at how great it sounds, for just $40! I never had a real top-notch guitar, so I don't know what to compare it to, but I think it's the best sound I've gotten from a Tele pickup in my limited experience. Even had cloth-wound wires. I replaced a Mighty Mite knock-off pickup and was blown away by the difference. So I ordered the bridge pickup, so we'll see how that goes. Looks like he mostly sells through Ebay, but has a website with a lot of cool stuff. Nice guy, too, from what I can tell.BRNo, really, I'm not working for him, just really impressed at the quality for the money).
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(Date Posted:06/30/2005 07:15:46)

...keep us advised as to how that second pickup sounds..."two-in-a-row" aught to convice somebody!
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(Date Posted:07/10/2005 23:50:04)

Okay, I wired in the neck pickup. GFS offers two: one is "overwound," but I went with the more standard variety.

It rated a 6.7 ohms with my crappy meter, and sounds great!! It's amazing how good pickups can liven up a guitar.

So until I get even better stuff, if it exists, I'm giving a big thumbs up to GuitarFetish.com (aka GFS) !!
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(Date Posted:07/11/2005 06:32:45)

$%*'`[The Pickup Lawyer]%*'`@

Notice:  Claiming that pickups NOT from an official and expensive botique pickup winder, might be superior in tone, volume, or just plain overall quality is against our bylaws.  Please repent your sins by spending megabucks with a suitable pickup maker on our list.  That is all.  You have been warned!!  Failure to comply will be considered... well, JUST NOT NICE!!

 

I have two and can't wait to get them into a working guitar.  I have the 62 bridge and the fatbody neck.  Like I said... can't wait!!

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(Date Posted:07/12/2005 22:02:17)

Geez, you scared me for a couple minutes with that last post!
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(Date Posted:01/16/2006 14:21:00)

Glad to see somebody asked about those GFS pickups. I'd seen their website and ads in Vintage Guitar magazine. Their prices are indeed lower and I suppose that would make some of us wary. But, heck, I've got a cheap Les Paul copy that could use some new pickups so I figure I have little to lose with the GFSs.
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(Date Posted:01/16/2006 20:58:15)

The other guitar player in my band has a GFS Dream 90 in a MIM Tele and it sounds great.

He put a double blade Lil Puncher in the mid position of a Strat, and I am less than impressed. Not a complex tone at all, but a Barden is a hard standard to live up to.

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(Date Posted:02/21/2006 07:22:15)

I will be going with either the Bigmouth or Loudmouth Hums in my Aluminum-Necked Kramer soon. Keep your eye on the non-Tele forum for my review.
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(Date Posted:02/21/2006 07:51:15)

Man! The prices on guitarfetish are great! Anybody tried their other products (like bridges or tuners)? This looks like a great place for a few upgrades to my kit tele.
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(Date Posted:02/25/2006 04:30:36)

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Man! The prices on guitarfetish are great! Anybody tried their other products (like bridges or tuners)? This looks like a great place for a few upgrades to my kit tele.
yeah i got a wrap around tail piece i'm useing for a 66 gibson melody maker i'm restoring.  $10 for a chrome one....not too shabby!
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(Date Posted:03/03/2006 04:12:21)

GFS rock.try the lil killer hot version for a strat.WOW.............. buy now before the prices rise!
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(Date Posted:03/06/2006 01:17:33)

I've got a couple of the Tele pickups on order...should be here in a couple of days.  We'll see how they sound.
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(Date Posted:03/06/2006 03:32:40)

anyone here use any of the retrotron series?
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(Date Posted:03/28/2006 01:57:55)

I have a set of the Retrotron Brooklyns I got in trade. I tried the neck pup in my chambered tele and it sounded pretty good. Not quite the complexity and richness of several hand wounds I have, but certainly nothing to sneeze at either. The tone reminded me a big sounding strat neck pup. THe set will be going in a custom made semi hollow shortly. Another thing...they look very cool.

I've used several GFS pups in various gutiars and found them to be very open and articulate with an emphisis on the treble tones. In the right guitar the would be just the ticket....regardless of price. I still prefer my handwounds, but would not hesitate to use GFS in the right setting. Good stuff and great prices. 

The only negative I've come across, ( and this is me, others may not ahve this problem ) is they seem to be a bit unresponsive to volume and tone control tweaks.

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(Date Posted:05/08/2006 17:28:30)

Have a brass baseplate pickup for the Strat that I will be installing soon. I might do it today, since I am off because of rain.
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(Date Posted:05/08/2006 18:33:51)

I ordered a set of Lipsticks for my Squier Standard Fat Telecaster, but I don't yet have a 5 way blade switch or I'd have 'em in by now. Only reason I'm holding out for a 5 way switch is so I can coil tap the humbucker.

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(Date Posted:05/08/2006 20:38:24)

I just got up from trying to make that GFS Brass Bottom pickup fit in my Strat. I am not too pleased with it. The holes in the brass bottom do not line up, and drilling them out would make them not hold the screws. The ground wire soldered to the plate came loose as if the metal were not cleaned or fluxed. I hope Guitar Fetish will exchange it, since I had already trimmed the wires to fit.
The only thing I have gotten from them so far that is satisfactory has been the Wilkinson bridge with compensated saddles.
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(Date Posted:05/08/2006 22:17:34)

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I just got up from trying to make that GFS Brass Bottom pickup fit in my Strat. I am not too pleased with it. The holes in the brass bottom do not line up, and drilling them out would make them not hold the screws. The ground wire soldered to the plate came loose as if the metal were not cleaned or fluxed. I hope Guitar Fetish will exchange it, since I had already trimmed the wires to fit.The only thing I have gotten from them so far that is satisfactory has been the Wilkinson bridge with compensated saddles.

 

Not trying to say that this is the "one right way", it's just that your post triggered some thoughts on the way I do things.

 

With any "new" pickup, the first thing I do is stick an ohmmeter on the coil(s) - not really to measure resistance, because the resistance value has very little to do with the pickup, but to verify continuity.  I started doing this after installing a dead pickup - and yes it was a "botique".

Since I have the meter out, I then verify the polarity.  Even though you may have documentation as to the color codes... never take for granted that they are correct.  I have found duncan humbuckers with a backwards color code on a single coil.  And yes, I have installed a pickup "out of phase" by relying on the color of the wires.  This is very important when mixing brands of pickups.

Then I take the old pickup out and mount the new pickup.  I mount the new pickup.  That's worth repeating... I mount the new pickup.  I don't cut the wires to length using the old pickup - even if I am just replacing a new pickup.  Often times I am changing the wiring, perhaps using a different circuit... and yes I have cut wires too short because I measured and cut the wires using the lengths of the old pickup - completely forgetting I needed to wire them to another location.  I mount the new pickup before cutting the wires.

Then and only then do I cut, strip, and solder the wires.   But I guess that's what makes experience.  Learning from mistakes.

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Jay is very easy to deal with.  The last pickup I bought from them was DOA - the coil was open, and it was replaced very quickly.  Hopefully he'll do the same for you... but you might want to talk to him about why the pickup doesn't fit - I haven't encountered that problem... yet!!

  

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(Date Posted:05/08/2006 22:29:10)

I checked the resistance immediately when I received it. I just naturally assumed (as would anyone!) that the holes would be spaced correctly.
The ground wire should not have come loose, however.
I will next time, install the pickup, then cut and solder the wires.
If I can not get it exchanged, I may be able to make it work anyway.
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(Date Posted:05/10/2006 23:29:46)

I just thought I would chime in too since I posted some questions on this one earlier.  I did order several pieces from GFS including a set of hot lead lil' punchers and the wilkinson compensated bridge for my kit tele-guar.  I'm still in the process of modding the body by moving and adding screw holes and wiring routes but I did drop in the pups fro a bit and throw the 2 E strings on it to make sure the pups were alive.  For doing 0 setup and running them direct into myamp with no controls, I thought they sounded great.  And you can't beatthe price!
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(Date Posted:12/24/2006 11:05:07)

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anyone here use any of the retrotron series?

Can't say I've USED them yet, but today for Christmas my brother surprised me with a pair of HOT! Retrotron Nashvilles. So now I NEED to run out and get one of These:

Sheesh...So much for swearing not to take on any more projects until I completed a few! At least I can't unbolt the neck on this one. May need a Bigsby, though...KEEEEEEEE-RAYYYANGGGAYNNNANGGGAYNGGGGGAYAYANGGG!

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(Date Posted:12/24/2006 15:42:19)

Yup, that oughta be a purty nice geetar when ya git 'er dun! A Bigsby would round it out nicely. I just put one on my SG. It is difficult to make yourself drill that first hole in that purty finish, but the next three are no big deal. I actually drilled eight. The base plate covers up the four 'oops'es.

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Reply to axmaker (02/25/2006 04:30:36)

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Man! The prices on guitarfetish are great! Anybody tried their other products (like bridges or tuners)? This looks like a great place for a few upgrades to my kit tele.
yeah i got a wrap around tail piece i'm useing for a 66 gibson melody maker i'm restoring.  $10 for a chrome one....not too shabby!


ive tried almost all their stuff ,,, and for the money the quality is right on ,,the prices are very reasonable ,, all their hard ware and tuners are good also ,,,,
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Re:Any opinions on the GFS (Guitar Fetish) pickups?
(Date Posted:01/03/2010 21:57:51)

Almost went to guitarfetish site until I saw the duplicated post from axmaker.                                   
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Re:Any opinions on the GFS (Guitar Fetish) pickups?
(Date Posted:05/07/2010 12:16:10)

I put a set of neovin power rocks in and they were pretty good. I have since put a Lil Puncher in the bridge and I have to say I like it better than the neovin. The lil puncher is a 10k and the neovin bridge was  a 15K and it seems like the lil puncher is a little hotter, go figure. I think I even like the tone better. I really like the neovin neck pickup.
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Re:Any opinions on the GFS (Guitar Fetish) pickups?
(Date Posted:06/21/2010 16:00:07)

+1 on GFS.     Dang good pups.
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