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Old June 10th, 2013, 07:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Vintage output GFS humbuckers?

I have Dimarzio PAFs and super distortions in my guitars.

I'm getting a MIJ Squier Strat HSS this week and want go upgrade the pups so they are similar in tone to my other guitars so I don't need to change effects or amp settings when gigging.

GFS seem to get good reviews, and they are a bit better than spending 140 plus a pop on duncans or dimarzios. Anyone have their PAF copies? Are the good reviews accurate?


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Old June 10th, 2013, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't feel too bad. I posted a thread asking about GFS
mini humbuckers, and got nothing.

Wish I could help.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 03:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've got one "Crunchy Pat" in the bridge of a parts guitar.

Not much to say other than it's a nice not-too-high output humbucker. Worth the cost to me, and I'd certainly use one again for a cheap import upgrade or parts build.

I've also got a set of Retrotrons (Liverpool Vintage wound) and love them, but they're shooting for an entirely different sound with those.
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I've tried a few GFS pickups (generally been happy, been very happy with my alnico 50s tele bridge pickups). Over the past few years, I've seen lots of love on this forum for their PAF clones. I haven't tried them, but if I were trying out humbuckers, it's probably where I'd start.

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Old June 10th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Cheers guys. The price is right, so one thing left to do. I'll report back when they arrive.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 10:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I haven't used the HB's, but I'm running a set of A2 single coils in a strat and a pair of P-90's in another strat. both sound great and had no issues with the pups.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 11:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've had a set of the GFS Fat PAT Humbuckers in my HH Tele Clone for quite a while, and I really like them. Just ordered a set of the VEH Humbuckers for my semi-hollow Samick Royale. Looking forward to getting them installed. Overall, I have had good experience with the GFS humbucker pickups.
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