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Title: GFS pickups vs barden
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(Date Posted:05/20/2006 20:19:35)
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hi they im looking into getting a set of "GFS lil punchers", there are said to be a great cheap alternative to joe barden pickups...which as you know are way to expensive these days..anyways wondering if anyone has tried a set or knows anything about them??
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(Date Posted:05/20/2006 22:14:26)

I've never used Bardens, so I can't make a comparison, but the Lil Punchers are hot (and I'm talking about the regular ones, not the extra-hot ones).  Be really careful that your other pickups are not overpowered by them.  If you use a lot of overdrive and/or compression, it won't matter as much. 

I have mixed a Lil Puncher with standard-output single coils and, in clean-playing situations, the singles take a back seat if I try to blend them with the Puncher. 

Bardens also have a reputation for being very hot, and not for everyone.  Perhaps the Punchers compare reasonably well; I just don't know

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(Date Posted:11/17/2006 09:06:44)

   I have a Modern Vintage Lil Puncher in the bridge & a vintage Lil Puncher in the neck of the MIJ Rosewood Tele in my avatar & they were the answer for THAT guitar, but probably not for everyone. The same can probably said for Bardens, though. I can't say i've played bardens in a tele though either.

   My Rosie is a very dark sounding Tele & these really bring out some tone in it! Every other pickup combo sounded muddy, even very supposedly twangy ones. They ARE very nice pickups, for a great price, but only you can be the judge as to if they're right for you. At thier price, if you don't like 'm, you can sell 'em & get most of your money back. either way they won't break the bank!

   Hope I helped a little & glad to be here! This sems like a great place to be!

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(Date Posted:12/04/2006 02:51:52)

I've played both, and I find the Bardens have a far more complex tone, leaving the GFS' flat and a little muddy. The Punchers are more similar to a Duncan Hotrail, although the clarity probably falls bewteen the Duncan and the Barden.
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(Date Posted:12/10/2006 12:05:42)

I've got a Lil' Puncher installed in my "partsocaster" Esquire.  I wired the 3way switch to select Series/Single/Parallel operation instead of selecting different tonal options.

The GFS does sound a little like a Hot Rails - I've never used Barden p/ups so I can't comment on how closely they match up.  If you find that the GFS sounds unbalanced with the neck p/up, why not try wiring it in parallel instead?  This would give a brighter tonality and a drop in output.

I'm still putting the finishing touches to my Esquire but the GFS in parallel sounds great through the clean channel of my Valvestate VS100.

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(Date Posted:12/10/2006 22:52:32)

I have a Hot Lil Puncher in the bridge on this one and just replaced the Lil Puncher that was in the neck with a GFS Retrotron Memphis and there is definitely a difference in balance. But I also have this wired to a 4 way switch and that helps if I feel the need to get a "bigger" sound out of the neck/bridge combination. All in all, I'm happy with this setup. The Memphis gives me a different sound altogether so I have a bigger palette of sounds now.

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(Date Posted:09/19/2007 18:08:44)

I've just fitted GFS pickups in my blue tele. I wanted one of theose undrilled control plates, and saw the price and went crazy.

 

I can't recommend them highly enough, I've got a Vintage '50 Alnico at the bridge and a custom p90 at the neck, bright clear and very, very complex.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/13760248@N07/1413178468/

They replace Fender USA standard kit and are far, far superior.

 

 

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(Date Posted:10/16/2007 23:47:37)

I know nothing about the Bardens but I love the way that the Modern Vintage Lil Puncher improved the sound of my Squier Tele Special. I have a Special that I put in a Lil Puncher on the teck and a hot humbucker on the bridge. It's like the to two furthest extreme. The Puncher is extremely warm and thick but not muddy and the humbucker is hot and bright. They blend very well. I'd recommend the Punchers and I'm buying a second one for the neck of a second Tele I'm building.

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Oh yeah. I also have them wired with 2 500K pots. Supposedly for the tone it makes the range wider.
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RE:GFS pickups vs barden
(Date Posted:06/16/2008 16:16:12)

I put a set of the vintage ones in my 95 Tele Am standard and man what a difference ..it sounds very Georgia Sattelite/Marty Stuart-ish ...no squeals and whistling ..hit the vintage Rat 2 pedal and rockout ...very bluesy sounding with a lot of great twang still there .....the high E may or maynot be as loud I am still checking that out ..but its a lot of fun for the money ....
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