#1
I'm 14 and building my 2nd tele, atm I'm looking into pickups and after thorough research and trawling through threads and sites, the 2 sets it came down to were:

GFS Zebra Ceramic Humbuckers for $32 plus about $15 postage to Australia

http://www.guitarfetish.com/CLEARANCE-GFS-Calibrated-Pair-Ferrite-Zebra-Humbucker-Pickups_p_12185.html#


OR


Identical ones made by a UK company called Warman for about $23 plus $10 postage

http://www.warmanguitars.co.uk/index.php?id_product=8&controller=product


Both look almost identical but I'm more inclined to buy the GFS set simply because of it's reputation, but they look pretty similar so I'm stuck...

So unless theres any other pickup sets <$50, can someone with more experience than I lend a helping hand? Much appreciated
Last edited by 12ie at Sep 10, 2014,
#2
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I'm 14 and building my 2nd tele
Damn I should get a hold of my life

As for the p/ups, GFS doesn't make their own, so I reckon the two sets are identical.
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#3
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I'm lucky enough to have a neighbour who happens to be a professional luthier
#4
If you look those pickups do not offer adjustable poles which typically means not great.

Now I do have a few real GFS pickups like the Fat Pat which is a nice pickup. If you play mostly on the bridge, get the Fat Pat and wait or get a cheap neck puckup just to hold you over. It would cost about the same.
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#5
I've heard some good things about entwistles but I haven't tried them. they might also be worth a look.

i think i heard decent things about warman but i think they're all ceramic magnets (if that's a problem).

i've heard conflicting things about GFS.

(i haven't tried GFS or warman either, obviously )
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#6
Argh hahaha still torn, I might just pull the trigger on the warmans, and some proper GFS ones when I've saved a little more.
#7
I think it's great that you are building guitars at your age. I appreciate that patience isn't a strong point for most 14yos, but I really wouldn't spend money on those super-cheapos. Save up and but some decent GFS from their standard or Retrotron range.

I'm in Toowoomba, and I'm a wondering who your luthier neighbour is.
#8
I just put a set of Warman humbucker a (the retro rockers) in my partscaster and I think they sound pretty good.

I haven't tried any GFS pickups before though.
#9
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Save up and but some decent GFS from their standard or Retrotron range.
I concur.
Even if you have to wait for it a bit.

Or you may act like a sensible person and not put humbuckers in a tele
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Argh hahaha still torn, I might just pull the trigger on the warmans, and some proper GFS ones when I've saved a little more.

Guitar building requires a bit of patience, right? Saving up for better pickups will be worth it. If you build a great guitar, doesn't it deserve great pups?

Or, to put it differently, if you made an ice cream sundae, would you top it with a cherry, or a red-dyed ball of bread?

Also, nothing wrong with putting HBs in a Tele. Lots of people do it.
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Also, nothing wrong with putting HBs in a Tele. Lots of people do it.
Lots of people pay for child porn and support child labor buying very expensive nike stuff and iPhones, but that doesn't make that any less wrong to my eyes.

I kinda have this strong feeling against humbuckers in tele's, it's stronger than me.
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Lots of people pay for child porn and support child labor buying very expensive nike stuff and iPhones, but that doesn't make that any less wrong to my eyes.
So humbuckers in a Telecaster, is an equivalent offense to child porn?

You should probably ramp done that analog a bit.
#13
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Lots of people pay for child porn and support child labor buying very expensive nike stuff and iPhones, but that doesn't make that any less wrong to my eyes.

I kinda have this strong feeling against humbuckers in tele's, it's stronger than me.

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#14
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If you look those pickups do not offer adjustable poles which typically means not great. .
@TS, pickups without adjustable pole pieces are a bad idea, plain and simple
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I will just look the other way.
Where my tele is.
With single coils.

Also
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#17
I found that the GFS Fat Pats were too microphonic when playing in front of a dimed 100W tube amp but otherwise, they're quite nice. If you aren't using your amp as a demolition machine, they're a pretty good thing.

This is Fat Pats into an 18W Marshall:
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Well done, sir.

Save up for decent pickups. You can always move them to another guitar later.
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This is Fat Pats into an 18W Marshall:
http://cathbard.com/files/sibly.mp3

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Well done, sir.

Save up for decent pickups. You can always move them to another guitar later.


best response yet ^ i have some pickups that i have had in three or four guitars. as long as you unsolder the picksups and not cutting you won't use more than an inch of the lead, if that.
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#21
I have a set of Fat Pats. I think they're pretty meh. I also have two Seymour Duncan sets, a DiMarzio set, and in the past I've had a couple EMG sets.

IMO, Seymour Duncans or EMGs are absolutely worth saving up for. I'm not too fussed on the tonal quality/complexity of other stuff.

In general I feel like you get what you pay for with pickups, up to a certain extent (I still think BKPs are overpriced for what they are, I've had one of them too).
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#22
I don't have the Fat Pats in any of my gigging guitars, I use good pups in those; but on a tight budget they are certainly useable if you have a decent amp.
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#23
@Cathbard Cheers for the sound demo, fat pats don't sound too bad to my ears, but then again half my guitars still have stock p'ups in them

They should suffice for what I'm looking for, the only reason I am sorta pushed to make a decision is because I have school holidays coming up and it will be the only time I'll get to properly work on this project for a while. Besides this axe probably won't see much stage time so it doesn't have to sound perfect, just not horrible.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Log off and play yer guitar!

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#26
I put GFS Lil Punchers in a Squier Tele. While I think they sound great I wish I had just spent the money to upgrade to better Tele pups, as I already have other HB guitars.
#27
Just be aware that that clip was done using a hand built clone of the classic 18W Marshall through a boutique greenback clone. I could plug anything into that thing and it would sound good.
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#28
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best response yet ^ i have some pickups that i have had in three or four guitars. as long as you unsolder the picksups and not cutting you won't use more than an inch of the lead, if that.


Yes, it is a good suggestion. I do a lot of pickup swapping, and making new pickguards for them has become another hobby.