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    Default Anyone actually try the GFS VEH pickup yet?

    I know there was a thread on this before, but I can't find it...

    I ordered one and it should be here in 2 or 3 days. I'll try to get some sound clips of it up running straight through the 5150 once I get it installed.

    Anyone else actually put it in a guitar and use it yet? And are there any soundclips besides the GFS demos?

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    No but I've used other GFS stuff and it's generally good, especially for the money. Interested in hearing the clips. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis5150 View Post
    No but I've used other GFS stuff and it's generally good, especially for the money. Interested in hearing the clips. Thanks.
    Is this pickup based on the EBMM/Wolf kind of output or his original? I'm assuming the original by the name, but then his is'nt really all that high output, just real full and fat with great clarity.
    She looks so $#@!'n good ,so sexy and so frail....Somethin's got the bite on me, I'm goin' straight to Hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLEEPER5150 View Post
    Is this pickup based on the EBMM/Wolf kind of output or his original? I'm assuming the original by the name, but then his is'nt really all that high output, just real full and fat with great clarity.
    The original. I could be way off base, but I think the original was fairly high-output for a 70s-era PAF.....

    .....And AT should be correcting me in 5, 4, 3....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis5150 View Post
    The original. I could be way off base, but I think the original was fairly high-output for a 70s-era PAF.....

    .....And AT should be correcting me in 5, 4, 3....
    I don't know!

    Seriously... I don't know much about that pickup.

    I bought a pair of the VEHs--ordered them in October, and they were finally delivered a couple of weeks ago (because I ordered the zebra set which were not delivered at the same time as the others). Right now I'm looking around and wondering what guitar I'm going to put them in; I don't want to mess with a stock Wolfgang.

    The VEHs have Alnico V magnets, which is what all of Eds recent guitars (EBMM, Wolfgang) have had. But I thought he was more into Alnico II magnet pickups in the early days (?). Someone will be along to correct me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis5150 View Post
    No but I've used other GFS stuff and it's generally good, especially for the money. Interested in hearing the clips. Thanks.
    I have used a lot of GFS parts and pickups on guitars I have built and I have also been REALLY impressed. For my personal guitars, I like more of the sound of the EBMM / Tone Zone humbucker, but if I was into vintage sound, man, I don't know if I could get a better set of 'vintage' sounding pickups than GFS crunchy PATs. They have more of a modern feel and power, but have a great gritty vintage tone to them.

    Also, I got one of the prototype Xavier guitars they are selling over at GFS, (because it had a broken neck and I needed parts ) and that thing has as nice of a flame maple top as ANY Gibson I have ever seen. (Yes, it has a REAL 5/8" maple cap over a mahogany body!) Generally really solid hardware and excellent wiring too.

    I'm hoping the VEH will be as good as the rest of their stuff.

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    I remember way back, (5 years) GFS were just your low budget, ok, pup.
    Now they have evolved into a great source. Constant improvement and quality for a kickass price.
    They have a nice varitey and they perform great.
    A friend of mine slapped those into a dence body. (northern ash) and said he was quite happy with em. Cant tell ya what the tone would be in a lighter wood. Polly self exsplanitory.
    If I wasnt so hellbent on my pup guy in SoCal, Id be using GFS more often, no dought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjstudios View Post
    Also, I got one of the prototype Xavier guitars they are selling over at GFS, (because it had a broken neck and I needed parts ) and that thing has as nice of a flame maple top as ANY Gibson I have ever seen. (Yes, it has a REAL 5/8" maple cap over a mahogany body!) Generally really solid hardware and excellent wiring too.
    I'm glad you said that, I was actually looking at some of those Xavieres for a spare guitar. I've been impressed by the Agile line of Les Paul knockoffs, but these have the GFS pickups, and they're even cheaper, too.

    I didn't know the VEH existed, so it must have come out after the last time I ordered from GFS. I think I may just order one and see what I think.

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    I have SO had to talk myself out buying one of the Xaviere guitars. GF does so many cool configurations and styles--AND THEY'RE SO DAMN CHEAP--it seems like a very cool way to have some of those tone options. When I buy cheaper guitars I usually end up just selling them because I never play them, but, man, I don't know how long I can hold out on the GF axes; I'm way sold on their pickups and other stuff.

    I've used GFS pups in six of my custom axes so far, and with so many options available and the cost being roughly half of SD or DiMarzio, it's a good way to keep costs down. I played my custom Thinline Strat at the last AT/DT show and received a LOT of compliments on the sound of the Vinatge 59s through my 5150 II and Marshall cab.

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    Bloody hell, those guitars are ridiculously cheap, even with the GBP/USD exchange rate being as bad as it is. I'd be tempted by one of the LP or 335 clones if it wasn't for the cost of shipping.

    I'm very tempted by the Neovin noiseless Strat sets - has anyone tried those?
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    I replaced a set of Fender Custom 69 pickups with these:

    http://store.guitarfetish.com/60grbotstses.html

    Big improvement in my opinion. Cured my "stratitus" and gave me a much more balanced and predictable sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjstudios View Post
    I have used a lot of GFS parts and pickups on guitars I have built and I have also been REALLY impressed. For my personal guitars, I like more of the sound of the EBMM / Tone Zone humbucker, but if I was into vintage sound, man, I don't know if I could get a better set of 'vintage' sounding pickups than GFS crunchy PATs. They have more of a modern feel and power, but have a great gritty vintage tone to them.

    Also, I got one of the prototype Xavier guitars they are selling over at GFS, (because it had a broken neck and I needed parts ) and that thing has as nice of a flame maple top as ANY Gibson I have ever seen. (Yes, it has a REAL 5/8" maple cap over a mahogany body!) Generally really solid hardware and excellent wiring too.

    I'm hoping the VEH will be as good as the rest of their stuff.
    Yup, Tone Zone in the bridge and Air norton in the neck is the shit! Rockfields aren't bad pickups for the money either. Like AT, I've had to talk myself out of pulling the trigger on a Xavier several times. How good could they possibly be for those prices?

    Incidentally, I racked up $600 woth of Guitar Center gift cards for Xmas. I've been monitoring their used gear page and I came across this:

    http://used.guitarcenter.com/usedgea...stId=105025852

    Why would anyone pay $800 for a Xavier???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis5150 View Post
    How good could they possibly be for those prices?

    Incidentally, I racked up $600 woth of Guitar Center gift cards for Xmas. I've been monitoring their used gear page and I came across this:

    http://used.guitarcenter.com/usedgea...stId=105025852

    Why would anyone pay $800 for a Xavier???
    Surprisingly, they are really good -- even compared to MUCH higher priced guitars. Guitar center probably saw the quality on the Xavier and figured it was a really expensive guitar line... morons. (I mean, just looking at the guitar, you might think that, but come on guitar center guys, ever heard of google?! )

    Seriously though, I have seen a ton of high end Gibsons at local shops, and I have not yet found one with a top as nice as my Xavier. Yes, the quality of the Xavier may be slightly cosmetically lacking (like very small errors in staining around the binding, etc -- nothing hardly noticeable), but mine was a prototype and a b-stock guitar too, so the quality might be a little less.

    Anyhow, Epiphone better look out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjstudios View Post
    Surprisingly, they are really good -- even compared to MUCH higher priced guitars. Guitar center probably saw the quality on the Xavier and figured it was a really expensive guitar line... morons. (I mean, just looking at the guitar, you might think that, but come on guitar center guys, ever heard of google?! )

    Seriously though, I have seen a ton of high end Gibsons at local shops, and I have not yet found one with a top as nice as my Xavier. Yes, the quality of the Xavier may be slightly cosmetically lacking (like very small errors in staining around the binding, etc -- nothing hardly noticeable), but mine was a prototype and a b-stock guitar too, so the quality might be a little less.

    Anyhow, Epiphone better look out...
    I do recall there being a few "high end" Xaviere guitars that were produced. Whether or not this used Guitar Center one is one of those high end models, I don't know. Odds are GC just didn't know what the hell they had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    I do recall there being a few "high end" Xaviere guitars that were produced. Whether or not this used Guitar Center one is one of those high end models, I don't know. Odds are GC just didn't know what the hell they had.
    Yes, Xavier did build some 'higher end' stuff -- at least that is how it was talked about. But I doubt even those were $800... who knows.

 

 

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