Gretschy pickups without breaking the bank?

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

  1. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Pretty sure the BT's mount to the ring like a std bucker so if they come with the rings i think they will drop in.
  2. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Not all of them, the BTs I used for my double jet project were NE style mount (screwed through the pickups).
  3. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The Whole GFS RetroTron series is great. The Liverpool and Memphis hum buckers are very nice.
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  4. TW4990

    TW4990 Gretschie

    Aug 20, 2016
    Sydney Australia
    I don't think the Broadtrons were ever meant to sound like a Filtertron, they are a bit more high gain oriented, maybe halfway between a Paf and a filtertron. Just my opinion.
  5. RatFink

    RatFink Electromatic

    May 10, 2009
    I have a set of Hot Rod Filters that I would sell. They were in the Setzer Hot Rod models that didn't have TV Jones installed.
    I like them much better than the HS Filters, but not as much as the TV Classics.
  6. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    Yep; that is what the creator said his intent was (though his name escapes me).

  7. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    If they are not TV jones and not HS filters, what are they? I don't think there are special filters for the hot rod but I could be wrong. Perhaps earlier version ceramic HS filtertrons?
  8. ampe

    ampe Country Gent

    May 11, 2011
    That's what i went with, great sounding pickups!
  9. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    They were specially developed for the early Hotrods. Possibly with the help of TVJ.
    Basicly they were a slightly hotter wound HS Filtertrons. Around 5-6K, calibrated for position, and Alnico 5.
    Bit more mids, less twang, but so subtle they stopped bothering pretty quick.
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  10. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    yes agree but are the Broadtrons filtertrons at all in design or just standard humbuckers ??
  11. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Standard humbucker size, voiced differently for the Streamliners.
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  12. jklotz

    jklotz Gretschie

    Mar 24, 2013
    I just got back from rehearsal with the band, and took my guitar with the GFS surf 90's.

    I started out thinking they were good pickups for the money. Now I think they are really good pickups then happen to be cheap. They sounded killer tonight!
  13. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Electromatic

    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    I recommend surf 90's all day long. I have them in a few of my guitars. They're the same size as the broadtron so it's an easy drop in. Really nice dynasonic sound for only 35 bucks per pickup
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  14. mschafft

    mschafft Gretschie

    Jan 19, 2017
    Thanks guys. Are the GFS surf 90 humbuckers or single-coil pickups?
  15. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Single coil
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  16. mschafft

    mschafft Gretschie

    Jan 19, 2017
    Thanks. That'd be a nice pretext for getting another G2420T ;-)
  17. JohnHuff

    JohnHuff Electromatic

    May 15, 2018
    I've fitted TV Jones Classic Filtertrons - a little pricey but what a sound!
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  18. TNO1

    TNO1 Electromatic

    Apr 17, 2018
    North Carolina
    I messed around with the Broadtrons quite a bit but couldn't get what I was looking for. Had a neck Surf 90 and stuck that in. A lot warmer than a true Dyna but still a huge step in the right direction. Ordered a bridge Surf 90 and then remembered I had a set of Dragonfire H90s so I figured I'd give them a chance while I was waiting for the Surf 90 to arrive.

    The H90s are really cool. Sort of like a bigger-sounding HiLo. More clarity in the neck position than the Surf 90. They have a slightly edgy quality than is very welcome in a big hollow box. The bridge position is lower output than the neck but it still sounds great with overdrive (in a very Neil Young kind of way). Wax potted and hum cancelling in the middle position. Pretty much the same pickup as the Dream 90s but half the price- $29 a pair with free shipping. Plus they ship way faster than GFS.
    These pickups are doing everything I want so the plan for now is to save the Surfs for a solidbody build.
  19. Byron

    Byron Synchromatic

    Sep 4, 2009
    I like my gfs surf 90s but to be honest, they don't sound like dynasonics really. They're brighter, more twang and with lower midrange frequencies. Certainly have a sound, can need treble turning down on amp if they get too much with ODrive
  20. Byron

    Byron Synchromatic

    Sep 4, 2009
    But they're way easier to install and have height adjustment screws which make life simpler. I'm too old for playing with bits of kiddy foam to adjust the height. Rather spend the time playing.