Gretschy pickups without breaking the bank?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by mschafft, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. mschafft

    mschafft Gretschie

    Jan 19, 2017
    As pleased as I am with the Broadtron pickups in my G2420T, I'm wondering what an even more Gretschy set of pickups would be bring out of this beast, or its twin if I get so enthused as to purchase another one.

    Typical G tone pickups don't come cheap and from the get go I'm not keen on spending a $300 pickup set for a $500 guitar (but it may happen though). Still I thought I'd ask you guys if you knew of any inexpensive gretschy pickup set with less of a PAF tone signature as the broadtrons. My epxerience with less expensive pickups is that some are very underrated and can make wonders on a nicely tweaked geetar.

    Thanks for chiming in. Any thoughts welcome!
  2. Marten Richens

    Marten Richens Gretschie

    Jan 22, 2016
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  3. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Yes Blacktops ... very Gretschy! Great pick ups..
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  4. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Maybe a used pair of filtertrons? They run around $100.
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  5. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Country Gent

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    I found Blacktops great in a projet, but too middy in a hollow body. They just got mushy. Could be a poor match with my tweed deluxe, which is already very middy too.
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  6. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    HS Filtertrons
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  7. Scarabeus

    Scarabeus Gretschie

    May 17, 2014

    Very fair assessment. The amp in question is always a huge factor.
  8. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
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  9. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
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  10. jklotz

    jklotz Gretschie

    Mar 24, 2013
    I just put some GFS surf 90's in an Ibanez, and was really surprised at how much I liked them. For the price, they are great.
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  11. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Nuther vote for Surf 90's, they cost around $80.00 for the pair and totally transformed my 5120. I was kinda like you and thought it sounded fine stock but AYE CARUMBA! these things made it pop. You gotta like big single coil tone though, and the buzzyness that comes with it.
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  12. doctorSlo

    doctorSlo Gretschie

    Aug 22, 2016
    san luis obispo, CA
    I will sell you my pair of Blacktops for $50. Let me know. They were never used since TV Jones replaced them right after purchase. You would have to pay for postage though.
  13. mschafft

    mschafft Gretschie

    Jan 19, 2017
    Plenty of soul food for the thought on this plate. Thanks a bunch gang!
    It's a tad early to buy said pickups but thank you also for the offers, great deals for sure!
    Cool :)
  14. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013

  15. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    BTs are excellent but even better imo are Gretsch HS filtertrons.
    Cheap and THE 2nd best pups ever made after TV Jones Classics imo.
    They sound very similar for a 1/3 of the price

    And I also have a set of BTs unused sitting in a box if anyone is interested :)
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  16. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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  17. Dennison

    Dennison Country Gent

    Jul 17, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Don't Broadtron pickups have the same footprint and fitting as a standard PAF? How easy is it to switch to Blacktops?

    Oil City pickups in the UK offer a Filtetron type pickup and I think they do it in a standard PAF sized version. They are cheaper than TV Jones, but not by much.

    If you're really talking low budget, look up the Warman pickups Retro Rockers.
  18. mschafft

    mschafft Gretschie

    Jan 19, 2017
    Thanks. Yes they are standard humbucker size.
  19. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Can someone please confirm if Broadtrons are a standard type humbucker design or a new el cheapo Gretsch filtertron made for Streamliners ??

    When I tested out a few Streamliners months ago they didn't sound like a Filtertron .... or a Gretsch for that matter but......... still sounded excellent for a cheap guitar imo
  20. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    I've played my brothers G2420 & the Broadtrons sound great but more Les Paul sounding than Gretsch. A good sound though..
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