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Budget 'buckers for cheap guitars?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by drolling, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. drolling

    drolling Member

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    I've been reading about the great new aftermarket pickups that are now available, but most of them cost more than the Korean-made guitars they'd be going into.

    I'm not looking for 'hot' overwound pickups - more like classic PAFs, but at bargain-basement prices, if possible..
     
  2. Kito

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    GFS pickups maybe a good option.
     
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    Kent Armstrong has some good stuff out there for around 60 bucks
     
  5. drolling

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    Thanks for the speedy recommendations, guys!

    I've been looking for GFS' website, and all I can find are e-Bay listings for a few parts & pickups, tho' HarmonyCentral's database's got reviews of dozens of GFS models..

    Believe it or not, I've never used e-Bay. Is this the only place to buy his p-ups?

    The 'vintage '59s' sound perfect for my needs, tho' the black chrome double-lipstick tube 'buckers would look incredibly cool on the funky white Airline RI that's arriving tomorrow!
     
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    www.manliusguitar.com

    Scatterwound by hand at rock bottom prices. $126 for a set...that is just plain ridiculous.

    I bought a set and put them in my PRS. They were very, very good.
     
  7. daddyo

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    Gottem in an Artcore. For $75 a pair they are a big improvement over stock.
     
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    The GFS Vintage '59 is pretty cool for that. I've put a Vintage '59/Crunchy PAF combo in a couple of my cheaper guitars and they're pretty good.
     
  9. Barge Concepts

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    GFS aka GuitarFetish website
     
  10. drolling

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    ahh GREAT!!

    Scrolled thru' two pages of Google results w/o finding this link.. Thanks!!

    And I do appreciate all the other suggestions, as well!
     
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    A pair of Pete Biltoft's Vintage Vibes is probably about 120 or so . Hard to beat, and if you sell the ax later , pull em and put the elcheapos back in .
     
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    +1 Very good classic PAF sort of tone for the price.

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    Rose pickups. Also try the clearance page over at Zhang.
     
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    Gfs are for the most part no better than the import guitar pups you're replacing. Duncan/ dimarzio (I love Duncans) are great.


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  17. gibs5000

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    GFS aint too bad, especially if your looking for something different from a humbucker, but still in a humbucker housing, like the mean 90s, surf 90s, retrotrons, and those new gold foil pickups that just came out look pretty interesting as well.

    I have a set of their "wide range" pickups in my korean PRS, they aren't bad, definately i little different sounding from a straight humbucker, got a little bit of sparkle to them that you dont expect in a humbucker platform, definately more highs too, hard to describe the sound, but its definately not your traditional PAF tone, but still pretty good, and usable. I plan to get a few of the above mentioned pickups later down the road and swap them out into my guitar, (got one of those seymour duncan liberators in it so I could swap pickups out without needing a soldering iron to do so).
     
  18. oldhousescott

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    There's a guy on eBay selling Gotoh ZH-1 humbuckers, and they're often on sale at around $30-$35 apiece. I don't know their composition (magnet, wire, yada yada), but I've got them in 2 guitars and they sound darn good to me.
     
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    Quality PAF'ish pickups at decent prices are used Duncan '59's, Pearly Gates, maybe even Seth Lovers and Antiquities, if yer patient. I'm anti-Dimarzio, but I know they have their following. Someone can recommend those models, as well...

    Fretsalot/Scott
     

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