Price paid: $ 40
Purchased from: Guitar Fetish
Sound — 9
Up for review, is a Alnico II vintage style neck humbucking pickups from Guitarfetish.com. The pickup is vintage correct in construction and output and is currently in a Schecter Tempest guitar, a special model that was made for Jagermeister and given to distributors. The guitar is made of basswood I believe, with a maple bolt on neck. I have a Seymour Duncan Anico II Pro humbucker in the bridge position. The sound out of this pickup is quite impressive. I expected that there would be a great let down when compared to the Duncan, but that is not the case. I'm not going to say the quality and tone matches perfectly, but it holds up very well with the Duncan, and the tone is spot on. It has a beautiful clear articulate tone, with a smooth ringin high and balanced bass sound. The guitar that this pickup is in has a bright open acoustic tone before being plugged in, that said, this pickup played clean is very impressive. It can go from jazz to pop to classic rock with no problem, and matches well with the distortion that come from my amps, a Epiphone Valve Jr. half stack, a Four Force EM1 amp and a Roland Cube portable amp. It would probably be able to handle country music, as the pickup is very articulate and responsive to tone controls. The sound of this pickup is brightener than the humbucker it replaced, and that being said, brighter in that the highs have a smooth ringing to its tone where as the standard pickup that was with the guitar, with Schecter's name stamped on it but manufactured by Belcat. Tended to be more shrill on the high end of the tone.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Guitar Fetish's GFS pickups are very well constructed. I have used several of their products and have never had any problems with them. The materials used are top notch, and I have always had a great response from Guitar Fetish if I have any questions. For a pickup made overseas the quality is excellent and on par with american made pickups. One of the things I like most about GFS, is that they also send the pickup ring and the hardware, which is most cases is better than the hardware that you are replacing. While it is not a "boutique" pickup, for the price that you pay for their products, unless you absolutely have to have the "name" product, you are not giving up that much using GFS products, they will get the job done.
Overall Impression — 9
I like to play a variety of music, and after using this pickup, I would definitely go back to Guitar Fetish for any pickups in the future. It is matching well with the Duncan, so I'm happy to say the least. Compared to the Duncan, it's not quite as smooth as the said pickup, but it is smooth to begin with, and if cost is a concern when modifying a guitar, or if you have a project, I can't recommend GFS enough. This is my 5th product from GFS, and have never gotten a bad one ever. Besides their pickups, this company also offers hardware and electronic components and if you purchase from them, they are efficient when it comes to processing you order and you get what you order in a few days, they also offer using the US postal service if you like which is a nice option.