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GFS Introduces REDactives Pickupsx

GFS Pickups introduced the REDactive pickup system–available in humbucker, single-coil, and bass models.

Westborough, MA (March 7, 2013) -- Consisting of Humbucker, Strat, Tele, Jazz Bass, and P Bass sizes, the REDactives are lo impedance noiseless pickups with internal preamplifiers. Each pickup is custom voiced for each position and each position has a custom voiced preamp. The REDactive system is available with a complete solderless “Plug-N-Play” installation kit for quick and easy installation.

REDactives. The different active pickup system. TRUE vintage voicing...each pickup calibrated for position- custom wound coils by position, custom voiced preamps by position. More tone, more touch, more feel, more bottom end, more high end transparency, more volume.

The GFS REDactive system brings a lot to the table. From our Alnico magnets to our super low-noise lo-impedance preamps to our individual "Position Calibrated" pickups. NOBODY can match the tone, versatility, power and especially VALUE of theREDactive system.

System?? System you say? Damned right. A complete soup to nuts system. Sold as a kit or buy the pieces YOU want...a la carte. Individual lo impedance pots, jacks, caps and switches or go deluxe, and go for our REDactive "Plug-N-Play" system. NO SOLDERING.... instantly configurable, with a limitless number of possibilities. (Oh yeah- dirt cheap too)

If you want to do the inevitable comparisons to other pickups... even other active pickups... start with this... REDactives are warmer, sweeter, richer. The pickup coils are wound to sound rich and full with bell-like overtones. Our lo impedance preamp is fine-tuned to provide a STRONG output without losing the vintage tonal qualities we designed into the pickups in the first place. You'll find GFS REDactives have a touch more bottom, a lot more high end sizzle and a noticeable increase in gain and headroom. Even if you're a dyed-in-the-wool "Vintage Pickup Guy", you'll totally dig what the REDactives can do.

Tons of gain, bags of tone, a volume control that never gets dark or muddy, the ability to drive infinitely long cables or endless pedalboard connections without tonal loss... and of course- the complete and utter lack of any hum or buzz. We think you'll love them, but if you want hard, cold, tight and toneless then look elsewhere...

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