I've done the unthinkable. Have you?

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  1. Bob T.

    Bob T. Member

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    This past week, I did something that I am almost certain will make a few cringe...



    I put GFS pickups in a Gibson Les Paul :eek::confused::mad::facepalm



    My (used) Les Paul Studio Faded came with Burstbucker Pros in both positions. While I was content with the sound for the most part (particularly the bridge; never bonded with the neck), I found that I was drawn to the nature and character of single coils. Skipping some of the story and details, I decided to try the GFS Mean 90 (bridge) for a P90-esque flavor and the GFS Gold Foil Alnico Single Coil (neck) for something just a bit different than anything I've ever tried.

    I must say, I'm impressed. The Mean 90 doesn't quite have as much grunt as a nasty Gibson P90, but I prefer that personally. It definitely leans in that direction, and I don't miss that humbucker at all. The Gold Foil Alnico Single Coil is very low output, and it really chimes. I like it for clean, gritty-clean, and jangly tones; it also has some nice clarity for lead lines. The magic really happens with both pickups together. The 2 and 4 positions of my strat have a special place when I'm playing; I love how I can go from clean to gritty, and it feels so dynamic. Sure, the Mean 90 and Gold Foil will never sound like my strat's 2 or 4 positions for a variety of reasons, but the dynamics were all there; whether I was twisting the volume knobs or changing my picking attack (often I vary both to get different shades of "clean").

    Go ahead. Call the mob. Let the dogs loose. Bash me. :mob All I wanted was that same dynamic range and clarity that (in my experience) only single coils can really achieve, but keep the shorter scale and playability of my beloved LP. I'm still on the honeymoon, but that Les Paul gave me more of what I want in rehearsal last night than it ever has.

    So, it begs the question: What unthinkable act have you dared with your guitars, amps, pedals, etc?
     
  2. tommygunn1986

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  3. LarryBirdsFace

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    Eh, I'm probably going to drop a set of DiMarzio 36th Anniversary PAF's in my Strat.
    Do what you want, it's your guitar and your sound, nobody can tell you what's cool, it's Rock n' Roll.
     
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  5. tommygunn1986

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    How the hell? Did you rout that by hand?
     
  6. Gitarman

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    Same! Put some Dream180's in my LP Studio Lite. Sounds pretty OK to my ears:
     
  7. Bolt VanderHuge

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    Dremel moto tool + lack of sobriety.
     
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    Ha! I've done that
     
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    Doesn't seem unthinkable to me. I've had great results with GFS pickups and I don't get along with Burstbucker Pros at all. As they say, if it sounds good it is good.
     
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    :omg :thud :nuts :facepalm
    Is it a Gibson? I can't tell.
     
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    I like alot of the GFS pickups i've had... some have been moved out in favour of other things that seemed to work better at the time.

    but that does remind me i have a dream 180 i pulled in favour of a duncan jb, should figure out what to do with it...
     
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    I routed a 68 Strat to add humbucking pickups. It was 1975 ish at the time though.
     
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    Your pickups don't bother me nearly as much as your knobs.
     
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    This may be the most repulsive guitar I've ever seen. I love it.
     
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  15. Bolt VanderHuge

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    It is. '92 Explorer. :oops: :cool:

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    I aim to please. :D
     
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  16. Guitarworks

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    This made me recoil in horror.
     
  17. Sean French

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    What a shame. At least you know you'll have that Explorer for life. ;)
     
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    I will say, the pickups are Fralins in mine though...
     
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    Decent work. I kinda like it
     
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  20. Bolt VanderHuge

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    Yup. I did that when I was much younger (> 15 years ago), and in my not-so-clear thinking dumb kid mind, I actually thought I was making it better in a one-off sort of way. But it still plays fine, sounds like an Explorer with EMGs would...probably a bit brighter since that pickguard is actual metal diamond plate that I got at Home Depot and cut to fit, but I have no reference to compare that claim against.
     
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