GFS body/neck combos, get one while you can

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  1. Doctorx33

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    GFS has another lot of closeout bodies and necks for sale, these are the set neck Fender types that are prefinished, and some Gibson types too. I have an Esquire I built from one of these and it's a very good guitar. A little fret work and a better nut was all it needed, and the hardware of course. People talk about how the GFS regular bodies vary in quality and I can only speak for the one I have but everything was spot on about it. Check it out.
     
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    They also have a special sale on a whole bunch of pre-finished bodies that might be of interest to assemblers who want bolt-on.
     
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    I think GFS is a good source for builders that aren't rich and know how to choose carefully, because some of their stuff is junk, BUT NOT ALL OF IT IS. I have bought some really high quality stuff from them that didn't cost the earth, you just have to research as best you can what is, and what isn't. I definitely laugh at the haters that automatically go off on rants believing that everything about GFS is garbage (or wanting everyone else to believe it is) because it just isn't.

    It was kind of by accident, but there was a very particular pickup I got from them (they don't manufacture it of course) that turned out to be not only pretty cheap ... but maybe the top of my list for great single coils that I have used. I'm sure that a lot of this is because it's an almost exact replica of a very different, unique (and collectible) rather famous single coil design that was made in the 50's ... and is like a unicorn to get today ... this had a lot to do with it.

    That wasn't research but blind luck. I didn't know anything about it's unique design until after I had bought it, fallen in love with it, and took it apart to find out why. Boy was I surprised.

    It taught me to not assume anything. Especially just because somebody suffering what I would equate to road rage said so. No, you have to be more open to weird crap happening when you don't expect it. Weird GOOD crap happening.
     
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    I built this travel guitar with one of their discount bodies and a 70's Epiphone acoustic neck (GFS goldfoil and Artec booster circuit in there too). Took some work but it came out good.

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    Is that Gold Foil in there, the single coil AlNiCo II variant ?

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    Here is my Esquire I mentioned

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    More misses than hits for sure.
     
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    GFS guitar bodies are ok, you just need to be good with your hands to make adjustments. I now have two of their bodies (Paulownia) with Warmoth necks on them and one of them is the best sounding guitar I’ve ever owned.
     
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    Would you care to explain this waste of bandwidth?
     
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    Now how the hell do you know that? There's alot of extremely picky,
    grumpy, people out there.
     
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    Not a GFS body but paulownia (shipped from Mexico so I don't know how that came to be) and it IS one of the best sounding guitars I ever put together. :cool:

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    I got one of these unfinished ones still in the box. I didn't like the way they lazily painted that neck heel join so if you want it done right...
     
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    Single coil ceramic version.
     
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    Ok. Not sure if that has the same design construction as the AlNiCo ones do. It probably does. Only ever pulled apart the AlNiCo variety. Was so happy when I did, because that's when I understood why it sounded so awesome. Do you love yours as much as I love mine ? It's one of the best single coils I have had, maybe THE best ... and I have had a bunch of different kinds. All this because of how it was made, no question. The original that spawned that design, is justifiably famous.
     
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    My difficulty pulling parts from sources where the quality is inconsistent is that there are dogs mixed in with the decent stuff and the amazing stuff is rare, making the odds too iffy for me when you count the money wasted on junk in with the expense of the serviceable parts. Honestly, I have better results patiently parting off of eBay. I definitely side with those who say that some cheap, not boutique pickups can sound incredible. I've had some. The problem, though, is that you can't tell this in advance, and there's a miss for every hit, IMO, and the misses are not free. Again, I have much better luck getting known-quantity used bits from the 'bay.
     
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    Because I wind up selling 30% of what I have bought from them at a loss, 50% goes into the local landfill, the remaining 20% were Earl Slick pups that have been pretty decent - that's how I know what I'm talking about. I resent you labeling me picky and grumpy. I state facts. This forum is not about displaying ones emotions. Just the facts please.
     
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    Totally understood. I got very lucky. I made a gamble, and it paid off BIG time because the pickups I discovered, quite by accident, are a very special design and turned out to be awesome, and exactly the kind of thing that turns me on. I'm not even sure GFS understands why or knows what I discovered about this designs history, because they don't mention it and I'm sure they would if they knew. It would be a big selling point or feature. They'd also be able to double what they charge if they were really evil, which I'm sure they are not. Dealing with their support staff I have had very good experiences I might add. People say their service sucks but my experience is the complete reverse of this. Of course, I grant the benefit of the doubt and am friendly and patient until your behavior says that this approach is a waste of time. A lot of the haters are itching to have a go at who they deal with before "hi my name is Bond" is even out of the way. Like, they probably don't even say hi, if you know what I mean.

    I'm not accusing you of this kind of thing either. I totally get the risk/reward ratio. Like I said, I gambled and won. Most gambles do not pay off, that's how casino's are built. I am very careful when I decide to gamble or not. Usually, I don't. So i'm not trying to say "gamble away with GFS, it's totally worth it" or anything like that. I'm just relating MY experience which was a good one. I had another that was equally good, or even better.

    However, to be honest, you could count on the fingers of one hand how often I have done this, and have enough fingers left over to roll a joint.
     
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    What is it you've discovered about their pickups?
     
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