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Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet Black

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by tonyparnham, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. tonyparnham

    tonyparnham Electromatic

    Oct 11, 2017
    United Kingdom
    I'm new to the forum but hope I'm in the right discussion topic area.
    I have just bought a new Electromatic G5435 with Bigsby which cost me £427 in UK. Although this is a cheapish guitar I quite like it and it plays pretty good, however I would like to upgrade the pickups, as I know from the Strats I've had that it can enhance the guitar.
    I would like to upgrade to a P-90 sound and would be grateful for any info on this especially if they would actually fit into the guitar ok.........but any other suggestions would be helpful too.
    Thank you
    Tony Parnham
  2. oldtoast

    oldtoast Electromatic

    Apr 14, 2016
    Stick with the blacktop filtertrons for a while - they're great pickups.
    Make sure you adjust the height to optimum - plenty of pages here that detail the procedure for these pickups.

    There's better choices if you're upgrade crazy - bridge, bigsby, nut.
  3. Mag3

    Mag3 Synchromatic

    Nov 22, 2016
    Welcome to the forum. I too like the Blacktops in the Pro Jet.
  4. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Welcome to Gretsch-Talk Tony!

    I think what just about everyone here would say is to live with the current pickups for a little while before you change them out. There are plenty of P90 guitars out there, but a Gretsch with Filtertrons - even Blacktop Filtertrons - is a unique animal. As such, your ears may need a little time to really appreciate the unique Gretsch sound. Having said that, anyone - with any guitar - is more than welcome to modify things to make the guitar their own.

    As to whether the P-90 would be a direct drop-in is not something I can answer, because I know very little about the dimensions of the P-90. I do know others will be along that can give you the answer, though.
  5. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    P90 is wider than a filtertron. Keep it Gretsch
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  6. stiv

    stiv Gretschie

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Agree. A pair of good P90s will cost you as much (if not more) as a pair of Classic TV Jones Filtertrons.
    Keep that baby into the Great Gretsch Sound. Once you get accustomed to it, a neck Filtertron gets the blues no less than a P90.
    It worked for me.:)
  7. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    You will have to route for p90s. Good luck, Pro Jets are great guitars regardless of price.
  8. Scarabeus

    Scarabeus Gretschie

    May 17, 2014
    I'd keep and optimize for the blacktop filtertrons ... I did with mine. It's a magnificent guitar.
  9. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, Tony!

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  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Howdy! Welcome aboard!
  11. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Welcome to Gretsch Talk other Tony. Nice to have you. On the older Pro Jets, P90s were a drop in fit, I'm not sure about the Blacktop Filters though.

    I love P90s and have a set installed in a Junior Jet II.
  12. tonyparnham

    tonyparnham Electromatic

    Oct 11, 2017
    United Kingdom
    Hi Everyone, thank you all very much for your replies and welcome. I will go with the consensus of opinion and stick with the stock ones.
    Your advice much appreciated,
  13. Dave Gallagher

    Dave Gallagher Electromatic

    Oct 14, 2017
    St.Louis Mo.
    The blacktop filtertrons are great pickups. I suggest you play them until you have explored all possibilities they have to offer. I will never change my pickups.
  14. Fredo

    Fredo Synchromatic

    Jan 18, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Once I raised the blacktops in my Pro Jet and lowered the poles it sounded as good distorted as my LP Jr.
  15. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

    Oct 26, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
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    If it’s got the older minibuckers (like the Double Jet on the right), the p90’s go right in.
  16. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Country Gent

    May 14, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    Yeah hi Tony, we're gonna go ahead, and need to see some pictures of that Jet, mmmkay?
  17. Mag3

    Mag3 Synchromatic

    Nov 22, 2016
    ..just don't ask him to work over the weekend.;) MV5BMTQ0Nzg0NzQ0OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTQ1MTA5MTE@._V1_.jpg
  18. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Country Gent

    May 14, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    No, I'm gonna need you to go ahead, and come in on Saturday. Oh, and I almost forgot, I'm gonna need you to do ahead, and come in on Sunday, too. Mmmkay?
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  19. tonyparnham

    tonyparnham Electromatic

    Oct 11, 2017
    United Kingdom
    Sorry for the delay in responding in the past couple of weeks or so but my partner had a serious heart attack and the social media thing took a back seat. She's had a stent procedure and now a pacemaker which took longer to sort but on the mend now.

    To Dave Gallagher; Thanks for the input and yes I have decided to stick with the Blacktops now and give 'em longer.

    To Fredo; Yes I agree they sound good distorted and pretty thick and full on clean.

    To Setzerhot; Thanks for the great photos, really appreciated, and the photo re the P90's.

    With it being a cheapish guitar I have noticed some tuning issues with the Bigsby so I have decided to go ahead with the "tuning stabiliser"..

    To Mr Lumberg and Mag3;
    Would you be able to clarify; The significance of the photo...
    "Were going to go ahead" and the meaning of "Mmmkay"....not heard it before in UK

    Regards to all,
    Tony Parnham
  20. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Sorry to hear about your partner's cardiac problems, Tony! Please wish her well from me. It must have been a stressful time for you both.