#1
I'm building a guitar and I'm getting the parts from Guitarfetish cause their cheap and because of convinience. Here are the pickups I want:

http://cgi.ebay.com/GFS-Power-Rails-HI-OUTPUT-Distortion-Bridge-Pickup-H112_W0QQitemZ160206384613QQihZ006QQcategoryZ22670QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/GFS-Lil-Killer-10K-Black-Rails-humbucker-fits-Strat-H28_W0QQitemZ180158711327QQihZ008QQcategoryZ22670QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

Are they any good? (SSH)

Heres the rest of my stuff anyway:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Pair-Heavy-Duty-Black-Strap-Locks-Straplok-style-K79_W0QQitemZ350022474123QQihZ022QQcategoryZ7266QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/FOUR-Brand-New-BLACK-Speed-Knobs-Fits-Les-Paul-A12_W0QQitemZ180213212521QQihZ008QQcategoryZ41416QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/BLACK-USA-Strat-UPGRADE-Tremolo-2-Post-ALL-STEEL-D16_W0QQitemZ350023553157QQihZ022QQcategoryZ41407QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/Wilkinson-EZ-LOK-locking-Tuners-6-inline-strat-BlK-E29_W0QQitemZ350022474369QQihZ022QQcategoryZ41434QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/Strat-tremolo-cover-backplate-BLACK-vintage-style-K19_W0QQitemZ350023218240QQihZ022QQcategoryZ47076QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/Complete-Parts-Kit-Rewire-your-Strat-Quality-F09_W0QQitemZ350022474041QQihZ022QQcategoryZ47076QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/Ultra-Thick-Chrome-Neck-Plate-with-Screws-for-Strat-K01_W0QQitemZ180213214675QQihZ008QQcategoryZ47067QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262

Anything else I need?
I'm probably missing something obvious...
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Last edited by mrbagrat at Feb 8, 2008,
#2
I've heard pretty good things about GFS pickups, my friend has a set of single coils that he's really happy with and I've read a few other people satisfied. It looks like you've got everything there. I could have done the math myself, but how much is that all costing you because, I'd really like to upgrade my Ibanez (SSH) with all new parts after I paint it...if I do ever get around to that.
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#3
I have a vintage 57 and their version of a p94. They are both really nice. At certain settings on my amp the p94 in the neck can get a bit muddy but after you play with it a bit and turn back the bass it works really well.
#4
I have the lil killer in my strat it's pretty good for the price I would buy everything from there website though it would probably be easier you can do it all at once and the shipping will be right.
#5
their stuff is awesome. i am a loyal patron of theirs. i have the 10K lil killer, and the set of brass bottom strat pickups.

i originally had the brass bottoms in the neck and mid with a killer in the bridge.

the lil killer was very high output. it did sound great in hi gain amps, very metal, lots of highs and sharp bass response, almost like it had a scooped output. when clean, it was sterile sounding and too much output. if i rolled the tone knob a little and turn the volume down on the guitar i could get jazzier tones out of it, but you can do that with anything.

i play mostly clean-ish or slightly crunchy and it didn't have the tone i wanted. it did sound good with hi gain when i play metal. the killer seems only appropriate for metal/hard rock, hi gain pick ups are kinda dull sounding to me when clean or crunchy. i replaced it with a brass bottom; i was going for a classic strat sound.

maybe consider a normal strat style pickup for the neck or mid for some versatility. it seems you are shopping for the most brutal pickup combo. you might want to play something bluesy, jazzy, or funky at one point. even ibanezes have a standard strat pickup in the mid and those are all metal, all the time.
Last edited by brentonlatour at Feb 8, 2008,
#6
Well I was going to get one "modern" style and one "vintage" style. Would that be versatile enough?
If not what would you recommend?
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#7
since i don't have experience with the other lil killers i'm not sure. but since they have exactly the same constuction (a magnet sandwiched bewteen two pieces of metal, literally) , i expect them to have very similar tone and different volume.

if you are going to go all killer, i would absolutely put the vintage one in the neck and the modern one in the neck and that ridiculous one in the bridge.

if it was my guitar, i would put a vintage killer in the neck, a standard strat pickup in the mid and that ridiculous one in the bridge.

i guess GFS only sells sets and singles of their and protube and boutiques series now. www.guitarfetish.com email them and see it you can purchase a single, couldn't hurt

maybe a protube in the mid could be cool, the come in black.

i just have a problem with your setup since it is only going to be suitable for one style of music. if you go through a blues or jazz phase, you might not be able to get the tone you want. if you have another guitar you use for that, or you think im an idiot, ignore what i said.

if you have 'normal pickups' you can play any style of music. if you have higain pickups, you will be driving every amp you plug into. of course you can play any style of music, but will you have the right timbre for ut?
Last edited by brentonlatour at Feb 8, 2008,
#8
I really like that idea-a tube in the middle. I was planning to get a mellower pickup for when I'm in the mood but I thought the killer would be good. But this looks a lot better, thanks
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#9
as for what your missing, you might want the simple things like, pickup rings, pickup springs, screws for your bridge etc, string retainers, higher value pots *the strat electronics pack has 250 pots* you might want 500. and theres probably more that even i've forgotten. im not one thats good with customising yet but i've looked into it, considered it then decided on something else so many times that i might as well have bought something xD. i have a strat which i dont find much worth in upgrading but since your building from scratch your setup looks pretty good , personal opinion is that you might want to add certain contrasting colours or highlights to your guitar as almost all your gear is black. im only suggesting things, and it's all my opinion which may be wrong so it's totally up to you
#10
Quote by betajosh711
as for what your missing, you might want the simple things like, pickup rings, pickup springs, screws for your bridge etc, string retainers, higher value pots *the strat electronics pack has 250 pots* you might want 500. and theres probably more that even i've forgotten. im not one thats good with customising yet but i've looked into it, considered it then decided on something else so many times that i might as well have bought something xD. i have a strat which i dont find much worth in upgrading but since your building from scratch your setup looks pretty good , personal opinion is that you might want to add certain contrasting colours or highlights to your guitar as almost all your gear is black. im only suggesting things, and it's all my opinion which may be wrong so it's totally up to you


Won't most of those screws and stuff come with the parts I order? And by pickup rings you mean the things you put around humbuckers?
But thanks, I'll look into the other parts.
Oh, and I realized the strat kit isn't really what I need since the body I'm using only has one volume/tone knob. So all I need are two pots and a five way switch?

oh and would one of these work for a killswitch?
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062496&cp=2032058.2032230.2032278&allCount=68&fbn=Type%2FSPST&f=PAD%2FProduct+Type%2FSPST&fbc=1&parentPage=family
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#11
you will need a 5 way switch, a .047uF capacitor, and 2 500K audio taper pots.

guitarelectronics.com has great wiring diagrams, i always reference them when wiring

i always use 500K pots, since they preserve the high frequencies when turning the volume down. Les Pauls have 500K and Strats always have 250K. I want highs in all my guitars.

i always use .047uF caps since they roll off more highs than .022uF and .034uF. If i want bass-y i get bass-y, if i don't i only turn it a little. you get a more varied range with.047uF. Les Pauls have .022uF and strats have .047uF.

GFS will ship you springs. if you are mounting into a pickguard, you will not need mounting rings, though you will get one from GFS.

ive wired up a bunch of guitars (mostly tweaking mine), i fix all my friends guitars, and i'm the unofficial guitar tech for the band whose album i'm producing. slightly experienced at wiring guitars. i still make mistakes.