#1
I've recently started looking into GFS pickups. What are people's thoughts? I'm specifically interested in:
Fat Pat
Crunchy Pat
Crunchy Rails

Anything else that sounds similar to a Seymour Duncan JB.
Thanks.
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#2
I've heard GFS pickups are excellent pickups for the money, though I've never played them myself.
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One sentence.

You get what you pay for.

I didn't find GFS to be any way comparable to Seymour Duncan or DiMarzios (which by the way are very mid range pickups).

However, for what you pay, GFS pickups are reasonably decent.
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#5
The GFS pickups I've played have just been ok. None of them sound like a JB that I'm aware of.
A used JB shouldn't cost all that much. If you want a JB, just get a JB. It's a very distinctive sounding pickup.
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One sentence.

You get what you pay for.

I didn't find GFS to be any way comparable to Seymour Duncan or DiMarzios (which by the way are very mid range pickups).

However, for what you pay, GFS pickups are reasonably decent.

Very good way to put it. Though I don't agree with your "midrangey" blanket statement.
#7
the crunchy rails do not sound like a jb and are not modeled after the jb. you might want to take it off your list if your going for a jb clone. i cant speak for the other two


from my experience though, gfs pups are very good value for the money(especially the mean90). good customer service as well. most other people share the same opinion. its rare youll find someone with a bad gfs experience

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#8
there great for replacing old stock pickups in entry level and "import" guitars.
they sound better than what used to by in my MIM strat. however, there not great. just better.
really great for project guitars. not great for, say, a Gibson Les Paul.
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there great for replacing old stock pickups in entry level and "import" guitars.
they sound better than what used to by in my MIM strat. however, there not great. just better.
really great for project guitars. not great for, say, a Gibson Les Paul.


This is exactly where I agree. I tossed a pair of the VEH into my Gio, and it made it sound a ton better. As good as a vintage PAF? No, but extremely good for the $40 each they cost me.
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Very good way to put it. Though I don't agree with your "midrangey" blanket statement.


Well, that's how I view them.

I really don't think they are all that great tbh. Yes, they have their unique offerings, but there are significantly better pickup manufacturers out there.

I'm not likely to pick up a Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio any more myself, but that's me. I know that a lot of people disagree with this opinion... but
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Well, that's how I view them.

I really don't think they are all that great tbh. Yes, they have their unique offerings, but there are significantly better pickup manufacturers out there.

I'm not likely to pick up a Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio any more myself, but that's me.

I'm not saying there aren't better companies. There are dozens upon dozens of different ones.

But to say they're all "midrangey" is a blanket statement. they have many different models, and each have their own tonal differences.
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I'm not saying there aren't better companies. There are dozens upon dozens of different ones.

But to say they're all "midrangey" is a blanket statement. they have many different models, and each have their own tonal differences.


No, mid range as in "mid range" sound quality & company position vs other manufacturers. Not mid range as in "mid range frequencies emphasis".
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lulz, then I retract my statement. i've heard people say that about them, or other companies, and I cringe about it, haha.


Haha, no worries. I can understand how that came about.

I agree where you are coming from regarding the pup's tonal qualities. A number of players haven't taken the time to try and to understand the difference in tones and frequency emphasis of the different pups.
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Thanks for the help everyone. I think I'll save up and get that JB/Jazz set after all. d
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Haha, no worries. I can understand how that came about.

I agree where you are coming from regarding the pup's tonal qualities. A number of players haven't taken the time to try and to understand the difference in tones and frequency emphasis of the different pups.

True.
A JB and a distortion sound vastly different, and what differences are there? the magnet. they use the same wire coils, just a different magnet.

The JB/Jazz isn't a bad set, though I prefer the '59 to the Jazz.
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Any particular reason you settled on that set?

I think the the JB/Jazz is a bit over done. Not that great, IMO.


Well to some extent, if he's new to pups and the impact pups have on his tone, I think it's a decent start.

Generic? Sure, however, generic is good for players new to pup upgrades because it allows them to achieve common tones until they develop a more defined sense of what they want to hear.

I went through a large number of pups before I knew what I was looking for in a pup.

If the TS is as new to pup changes as I think he is, I'd say its a good start. Probably not the greatest, but at least he probably won't want to swap it out after 3 weeks (which has happened to me before).
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For the money, GFS pickups are hard to beat. They are kinda middle-of-the-road though.
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