GFS Surf 90 (neck) with dirt

Blingdogg

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For those who have, or tried the GFS Surf 90s (neck position), I got a question.

I have this pickup in the neck position of my PRS SE Santana. When clean it sounds sweet, giving clear, bright, glassy single coil chime. Almost similar to a Strat tone in some ways. Keep in mind I'm a rock and blues player.

How nice do you think it sounds dirty, with fuzz and overdrive? I love its clean tone, it's just what I want in a humbucker. But I find its dirty tone very bland and boring. Lacks character.

I suppose I'm looking for a single coil tone in a humbucker format, but maybe this particular pickup isn't the right choice for fuzz and overdriven rock.

Does anyone else feel the same or is it just me?
 

Blingdogg

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Did you try putting a humbucker in the neck and just add a coil tap so you can split it for single coil tones?
No, but on a related note I actually preferred the stock SE 245 neck pickup better for dirty tones. Maybe a split humbucker is something to try out. Or a P90.
 

doc

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The things that make it sound good to you clean are part of why it doesn't sound so good dirty - the stock pickup has stronger mids. As a cheap compromise, I think the stock pickup has an A2 magnet. You might try replacing it with an A4 to thin out the tone and give a tad more highs and put that back in before moving on to something else. Alternatively, try replacing the volume pot for the neck with a 300K to mellow out the highs a bit on the Surf 90, or just keep the tone down some when using dirt.
 


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