Originally Posted by polishbroadcast
Out of curiosity, what sound are you looking for? It would be helpful to know that when looking for another guitar.
I have no doubt you would get better definition and tone from any of the pickups mentioned (Surf 90s, HS Filtertrons, TV Jones) but a trade-in isn't a bad way to go if you know what you are upgrading to.
Great playing BTW. I hear you about the sound of the Gretschbuckers: they are pretty dark / muddy which can be troublesome once you start layering other instruments in.
FWIW here is a 5122 (double cut version of the 5120) w/ GFS Surf 90's:
My 6118 w/ HS Filtertrons gets a very similar sound.
It's one of those "Intangibles" init?
I'll know the sound when I hear it.
I have listened to the track you posted and have to admit that it is indeed a very nice sound, but I have come to a decision with regards to the 5120.
Having spent the best part of two evenings twiddling with adjustable pickup heights and adjustable pole pieces, I have been unable to achieve any really noticeable change in the overall sound produced.
I am not saying that the pickups and poles were not adjustable, just that adjusting them didn't make much of a difference.
So, ........... I'm off to the local emporium sometime this weekend to have a shufti at what's on offer.
The 5420T and the 5422TDC seem to be worth a look, if not then I'll have to have another think about the issue.