GFS rail pickups

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  1. tombob

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    Guitar Fetish single coil sized rail humbuckers.
     
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    I was wondering about others experience with these. I have one in the bridge of a Tele that’s 10k and sounds great. I also have a Strat set that’s the 6/10/15k set. The 15k bridge is just too dull and muddy. I plan to put a series/parallel switch on it and use a 500k pot. I’m wondering if it might be worth a s/p switch on the 10k too.
    I remember they originally sold these as Bardon replacements which they are absolutely nothing like a Bardon but I really like the cooler wound ones. There’s more SD rail sounding than Bardon though.
     
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    I love mine. I have Lil punchers in my partscaster. I'm just a bedroom guitarist for now but I do love all the tones I can get with just my volume and tone knobs plus a coil tap on these.
     
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    I think a pot change to 500k or even 1 meg will fix your sound problem w out a need for rewiring. As someone always says , have you adjusted the height ? Very close should improve treble w- out string pull.
     
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    I’m putting them in another pick guard anyway so I thought a parallel switch might be good since I’m rewiring everything anyway. The bridge wasn’t bad with overdrive but I thought it would help with cleans.
     
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    I have one in one of my strats, good sounding pickup especially for the price. I also installed a 500k pot.
     
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    I’ve wired up a set in a Strat pick guard. It already had a push botton switch so I hooked up a series/parallel switch.
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    I installed a set my other guitar player's Strat. He loves them. They do sound good. I'm generally impressed with GFS pups for the price. I have the Texas 63's in one of my Strats & have had or installed many others in my own & friend's guitars. All have been well worth the cost.
     
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    I like the look. Let us know how it sounds.
     
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    I had a set in a telecaster and I liked them. But, they did not sound like telecaster pickups. They sound great, though. More of a gritty rock sound, no twang.
     
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    I use one I got from MusicLily in my PRS SE One in neck position. It sounds good, although I USUALLY just use the bridge P-90.....it's THAT good. pathfinder 15R 046.JPG
     
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    I’ve had great luck with GFS pickups in general. The only problem I had had with these was the bridge doesn’t have much bite for clean tones. I’m hoping the s/p switch will fix that and give me a mean crunch in series and a little more bite in parallel for clean licks.
     
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    I have a set. They work just fine.
     
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    I’ve got a 10k bridge in a Tele too I really like. I put another in the neck and a Strat single in the middle and it gives me a lot of range.
     
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    gfs pickups are as good as any and many folks love 'em, and why not? they all work quite well as designed.

    the problem with all pickups is how will they sound in our guitars, with us playing, and through whatever modulation and amplification system we employ. it's always a gamble of sorts, no matter what. soundbytes can help, for sure, but none are foolproof - too many variables - but at least will get you in some manner of ballpark.
     
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    I have the Lil Puncher modern lead (15k I think) in an American Standard tele, no neck pickup, no switch. It is a little dark at times. I wired it with a gfs kwik plug LP jr harness. Maybe a better quality wiring setup would help me find some more treble. But overall, I am quite pleased. I did not want to shell out too much money. This pickup is good enough to keep from from gassing for a Les Paul, so at $30, that's a savings of about $2,469!!!
     
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    500K pots would probably help.
     
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    My partcaster Nashville has Lil Puncher Cool Vintage neck and bridge, and a 6K Lil Killer middle pickup. They don't sound like single coils, but they sound good, and they don't hum. I use 500K pots. The only thing I don't like is that the Lil Killer is slightly larger than a strat pickup, and I had to ream out the pick guard some. If I ever wanted to put a real strat sized pickup in there, it would look stupid, or I'd have to get another pick guard. I tried the Modern Vintage bridge pickup, but it was too hot and muddy sounding for the set, so I went back to the Cool Vintage bridge.
     
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    The harness has 500K pots, but they are very cheap. I also wonder if the kwik plug arrangement is a bit of a tone suck. Maybe a 15k dcr pickup could use a 1meg tone pot?
     
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    My concern about the kwik plug thing is that at some point, the plugs and sockets will oxidize and require cleaning with Deoxit. That could happen at a bad time, like when you're in the middle of a gig.

    You might benefit from a 1 meg pot, my real Fender Nashville has Vintage Noiseless pickups and 1 meg pots for both tone and volume.
     
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