For Christmas, I decided to "splurge" and continue my quest for ultimate tone by buying one of the new gold foil pickups GFS came out with. Decided to try a humbucker in the neck position, and try to get a clearer tone without getting too bright. WOW! I'm pretty sure I'm out of P90 territory now with my LP Special clone, but it was definitely worth it. The low winding and alnico magnets are perfect. It blends very well with the GFS 180 I have in the bridge. The volume AND tone pots are very useable now.
After a couple months, I still have that guitar hangin' in the #1 spot and I think I may have found the neck tone I've been chasing. Still thinkin' about putting one of the humbucker size gold foils in my Ibanez AS73L semi-hollow body, but can't decide on a single or HB.
Last Edit: Apr 13, 2015 1:40:30 GMT -5 by 1150lefty
I've said many times, I'm a big fan of GFS pickups, and have used them in a number of guitars. Never the gold-foil HBs, though.
Most recently, I modded an Epi LP Jr., replacing the stock PAF-style HB with a GFS "Memphis Retrotron" (which is like a Gretsch pup, essentially). I like the change a lot, it's much more chimey and twangy now. I also replaced the heads with some vintage LP style ones, and installed an adjustable bridge. Here's the build thread:
The guitar was $100 (brand new), the GFS pickup was about $45, the new heads were $40, the bridge was abut $70, plus a push/pull pot for about $4, so I'm into it to the tune of about $260 total. And it plays like about a $700 guitar all day long.