Cheaper Gretsch Models With HiLo'trons?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by btek62, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. btek62

    btek62 Newbie

    Sep 11, 2019
    Hi all, I joined the Gretsch army earlier this year with a Vintage Select Country Gentleman, which has proved itself to be a true heirloom guitar. As a Beatles fan the next step is obviously a Tennessean, but I'm not really looking to spend that kind of money. I was a bit surprised to see that no guitars in the Streamliner or Electromatic ranges that are currently in production have HiLo'trons, or even a generic version of them that I could make do with until being able to buy them separately to get the single coil tone of a tennessean.

    My question is if there was ever a run of cheaper (less than $1000 on the used market) Gretsch guitars that had HiLo'Trons stock on them that I could specifically look for on Reverb of Craigslist. I've done some research, but haven't found anything so far aside from super expensive ones like the vintage select Tennessean.
  2. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Welcome to GT!

    The Electromatic 5622 had Super Hilo’trons (a dual coil hilo’tron).
    According to a recent thread here, I guess Gretsch are no longer using them.

    You could find one used on reverb I’m sure.
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  3. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Not current production. Hilotrons were budget when they first came out, but they are only on prolines now and as far as I know, equivalently priced to HS filtertrons.
  4. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    I put TV-HTs (TV Jones Hilotrons) in my G5420T and I won’t be taking them out, love the sound. Find an older walnut G5120/G5122 for a similar look and install some Hilos. If color doesn’t matter as much, I’d go G5420/G5422 in a heartbeat.

  5. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The Clipper was a single pickup true hollow body with HiLos, made from the late 50s to early 70s. They are inexpensive on the vintage market, not much more than their newer counterparts.

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  6. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
  7. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    I'll second Caleb's suggestion: look into the recent 5622s with SuperHilotrons. They're twin-coil pickups tuned to sound more like single-coils. I have one in my 5620, and it sounds delicious: crisp, responsive and articulate, with lots of definition.

    @BorderRadio also gave you good advice. I've never played a TV-HT, but you can't go wrong with TV Jones pickups.
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  8. btek62

    btek62 Newbie

    Sep 11, 2019
    A lot of very helpful advice here. Thank you.
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  9. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Looks like wildeman found one for under $1000. I would not call more than modern (expensive) guitars inexpensive!
  10. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Since the vintage ones fit into every filtertron space you can swap them easily.
    Getting some vintage hilos secondhand for a decent ammount of money should be easy.
    They are characterful and great sounding pickups. Go ahead.
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