#1
Are GFS Red Active pickups meant for metal? Because they seem to be marketed more for the vintage players. I want to go active eventually, and was thinking about getting SD Blackouts, but if the Red Actives are modeled after EMGs or Blackouts then I'd prefer trying them first. I know the Red Actives won't be the exact same as EMG or Blackouts, but if they are meant for high gain, I'm gonna get em. Here's the site:
http://www.guitarfetish.com/REDactives-Active-Pickup-System_c_445.html
#2
They are generic active pickups.

They are modeled after EMGs, and are marketed as vintage because it sounds cool and has alnico magnets, "very narrow aperture symmetrical coils placement" and are shielded, three things your everyday EMG81/85s have.

They also offer a nice (on paper at least) EQ system, to get up to 22dB of gain, plus clearly the gain offered by the preamp which in fact makes them active pickups.

I'd give 'em a try at least, for I am very satisfied with their passive pickups and would indeed recommend them over most stock ones.
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#3
I don't see anything there that indicates that they were designed vintage players. In fact they say "Even if you're a dyed-in-the-wool 'Vintage Pickup Guy', you'll totally dig what the REDactives can do." (emphasis mine)

To me, that means that they're primarily what you'd expect from active pickups - high output, good for metal - that also happen to work for other styles. Heck, in the next sentence they say they have "Tons of gain" which isn't exactly what you'd do if you were making a vintage-oriented active.

It's just marketing, they're trying to grab a portion of the market that doesn't have any competition yet. Nobody's trying to sell actives to the vintage crowd, and it seems like they want to try.
#4
^ I dunno, EMG seem to be pushing their 57/66 or whatever pretty hard on the old school passive-only types.
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#5
The fact that I didn't know that those existed until just now means they've been doing a piss-poor job of it

Edit: and now I've found that Duncan makes the "Livewire Classic" in the same vein. Turns out everybody thought this was a good idea, they just seem a bit too ashamed to actually publicize it
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Edit: and now I've found that Duncan makes the "Livewire Classic" in the same vein. Turns out everybody thought this was a good idea, they just seem a bit too ashamed to actually publicize it


i lol'd. they are cheap enough to get some for experimentation.

if you go for them, don't forget the pots, etc. and their plug in connector. and cap. that will add up a few more bucks. remember 25k pot, NOT 250k (which may be in a guitar), some people miss the '0' behind it.
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#7
The strat pups are supposed to sound like strat pups it seems, instead of just being a small humbucker-type thing. I'm kind of interested now.
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#9
You may want to check their Channel on YouTube, they're interesting:
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Also, Dragonfire guitars make active pickups as well. I've not tried them, but I've tried some of their passive ones. Not the best but not bad either, especially if you buy classic-wound instead of over-wound.
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#10
Well, apparently I'm not allowed to post links, but look for the GFS channel on youtube. They have videos by Carlos Garcia V and Earl Slick.

Go for the videos posted by Carlos Garcia V, I think they're the most representative.

As for Dragonfire Guitars, google them if you haven't already. I've bought threes pre-wired pickguards and they are good. They have some nice "pro prewired pickguards"

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I got a Dragonfire Screamer and like it
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