Gretsch pickups?

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  1. Finnish Swede

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    I have silver/crome color Gretsch Blacktop Filterton pickups (bridge and net) without use / as extras.

    I just got ''weird idea'' ... I wonder how those would work st body bit like ''HH strat''?
     
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    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    Why not try it and find out?
     
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    Google Strat with filtertrons. Lots of people do it.

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    Probably I will :)

    As I would have suitable ''partcaster'' for that (no real market value). I just would need to buy HH pickguard. Or ... I would even have one HSH pickguard ... but what to put in the middle, normal single coil or hot rails (or leave it simply empty)
     
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    I wonder how close those will sound to Gretch double cut models (like Malcom Young used)? Solid body vs chambers body & different scale (neck)?
     
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    Gretsch Blacktop Filtertrons will give you nice chime in your tone. They are also considered to be a bit more aggressive than the Gretsch High Sensitive Filtertron pickups of Gretsch's pro line. Add a bit of gain, or just volume, and the Black Tops can growl a bit, not like a standard humbucker, but like a chimey growl.
     
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    I had a Gretsch 5420 which originally came with a pair of Blacktop FilterTrons. To me they sounded a bit too muddy and lacked the chime I was expecting. On Gretsch-Talk, people recommended the TV Jones Classic pickups (which even Gretsch uses on their higher-end models). I had bought a pair of TV Jones Classics and had them swapped in, and I think they sounded more clear with more chime.
     
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    Here is one youtube video. Just wondering what is sense to compare those in pretty different guitars?


    Anyway I have those Blacktop FilterTrons pickups without any use (and I will not gonna purchase any > 200euros pickups just for this test) ... so it will them I test or nothing.
     
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    Scale length changes everything.

    Gretsch Elliot Easton model has a longer scale length than stock 6128's.

    It sounds different.
     
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    CalicoSkies, what you said it very true. Since he had Blacktops, I was just trying to help him know what he had.

    I started my Gretsch experience with the "Gretschbuckers" in a 5120, so I found to be a nice step up. Honestly, it takes a little fine tuning (pickup height and polepiece adjustments) to get the Blacktops dialed in. Definitely not like the TV Jones Classics or the High Sensitive Filtertrons, but there are plenty of 5420 players that like them just fine.

    I have a 6119 Tennessee Rose with the high Sensitive Filtertrons and a 5420 Electromatic hollowbody with the Blacktops. When I got the Tennessee Rose, I thought it would replace the 5420, but I still have them both because each guitar simply has a different flavor mainly do to their different pickups.
     
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    Thanks. Just that he is she :oops:.

    Ok. I will not want to touch my real stratocasters. They stay like they are.

    So I'm thinking to test those pickups in this partscaster. I do not use that guitar much anyway. Present pickups suits to heavy music etc., but for that I have very thin Ibanez S-serie guitar with modern era tremolo.

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    Any idea numbers of frets?

    There would few other options as well: for example a partscaster with bigsby or one with f-hole body but both of those are S-S-S models (I would need to take some wood away to get pickups fit). Maybe those could look better with Gretsch pickups, but most likely I will use guitar above.
     
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    Filtertron pickups are smaller than standard humbuckers, and do not fit in standard humbucker pickguards. You will need to buy a pickguard that is made specifically for filtertrons.
     
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    it's a wild ride, that guitar! a perfect specimen for mad work in the pickup laboratory ...
     
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    I like this one has Gretsch knobs too. Nice touch.
     
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    So if I would buy these to those Blacktops
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    ... the holes (for pickups) in standard HH or HSH strat pickguard would still be too big? So the only option would be to buy strat's pickguard with no holes and made all the holes by myself?
     
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    Note that the blacktops also have 3 mounting screws, so yes, starting with a blank pickguard and making the holes yourself may be the best option.
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    Please excuse my presumption. :oops: It is nice to make your acquaintance.