GFS pickups

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by jfassett, May 25, 2019.

  1. jfassett

    jfassett Gretschie

    Dec 9, 2017
    Has anyone tried GFS P-90 pickups?
    I put a set in my 5122 and would love to hear some other opinions,

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  2. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
  3. jfassett

    jfassett Gretschie

    Dec 9, 2017
    They sound great! Especially for the $30 I paid for each one. I had Blacktop filtertrons on the guitar which were a big improvement from the gretschbucker that came stock on the guitar.
  4. vyndance

    vyndance Gretschie

    Dec 12, 2014
    Bear Valley Springs, CA
    I had both surf 90's and Nashvilles in a 5120. They are great pickups.
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  5. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    I put a set of the Slick 90 Juniors in a bolt on slab Jet and they're great, full stop. Even better when the set cost less than one Duncan/Lollar/Fralin/whatever :) Love the Surf 90s in my Peerless as well, but they are definitely doing more of a DeArmond thing than a P90 (as intended I think).
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  6. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I've installed Dream 90s and Dream 180s in several guitars. Very fine pickups, even before you add in the price, which makes them a steal.
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  7. Beardog

    Beardog Country Gent

    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
    Great bang for the buck
  8. Byron

    Byron Synchromatic

    Sep 4, 2009
    Big fan of Surf 90s, not sure how much they sound like Dynas though. I like then in their own right
  9. Winnie Thomas

    Winnie Thomas Gretschie

    Jun 13, 2011
    Cochise AZ
    I've used the Slick Tele pickups and was very happy with them.
  10. jfassett

    jfassett Gretschie

    Dec 9, 2017
    I have a jet with a T-armond in the neck and a GFS Dream 90 in the bridge and I'm loving that combo as well!

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  11. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Synchromatic

    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    Another fan of surf 90s, run them through an atomic brain, they sound awesome!
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  12. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Slick 90s here. Sound really good.
    Also a fan of their slick Tele pickups and the NYII

  13. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Put Surf 90's in an Epi Sheraton....HATED THEM!
    Thin, harsh and nothing pleasing about them....I think I am the minority here, but the stock HBs were much better
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  14. jfassett

    jfassett Gretschie

    Dec 9, 2017
    That is a beautiful ride!
  15. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    It's your ears that really count.
    How do they sound to you?
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  16. giffenf

    giffenf Synchromatic

    Oct 26, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I've been a fan of the Surf 90s for quite some time. But they don't always work in all guitars. I put then in a Streamliner 2655T a while back and they sounded kind of thin and nasally. I haven't played that guitar in months so I may pull it out again and reassess my opinion. I have a pair in the Cheapacabra Tele I built with a Warmoth ash body and a Chandler neck, and they scream. I put a pair in a Hagstrom jazz box a while back and they were very Gretschy. So I can't say they're a guaranteed improvement, but they can be. And for what they cost, the price of failure is pretty low. I've got an Eastman ES-175 copy with some boutique P-90s that just don't do it for me, so if I still don't like the Streamliner tone, I may do a pickup transplant.
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  17. new6659

    new6659 Synchromatic

    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
    or maybe change capacitors?
  18. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    This has been touched upon before. Cause of the inherent simplicity of the P90 design(relative to other pups) many budget conscious part manufacturers have managed to make perfectly respectable sounding P90s.
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  19. new6659

    new6659 Synchromatic

    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
    I think you are exactly right here. Most P90's sound like P90's and sound good.
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  20. John Drummond

    John Drummond Gretschie

    Feb 26, 2016
    United Kingdom
    I love the surf-90's. I have a set in my black g5120 (currently on long term loan with my lead guitarist) and have just got another set for a as yet undecided project (Probably my D'angelico Premier SS). There a little softer allround than Dyna's (not sure I had them raised enough)but they still sound fantastic.

    Two great vids that show just how the surf-90's sound

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