NPUD, if it was 1970. DeArmond1200 for my Harmony.

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  1. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Got me as sweet 1970 DeArmond for my '69 Harmony 12...
    Happy. 20190322_175035.jpg 20190322_175103.jpg 20190312_161301-1.jpg
     
  2. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    The Box Turtle is Wally, he's happy too .
     
  3. new6659

    new6659 Gretschie

    423
    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
    Where did you find that?
     
  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Pretty cool. I have been looking at the reissues. Just looking though. Originals are scarce over here.
     
  5. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    There is a guy making very cool sound hole pickups called Victory, i have a couple of his pickups in other styles but ive been tempted to try a sound hole one. The Gretsch Deltaluxe looks great too. I have seven old DeArmond's now, i snatch them up when i can (they aren't very common around here either).
     
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  6. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    How does it sound? I have always wondered what a small soundhole pup would sound like in my Little Martin.
     
  7. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Enjoy!
     
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  8. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    I remember back in the 70s buying one of those. I use to try and use it in my Fender Newporter acoustic live through my Fender Bassman amp and it sounded like turds. I think I just gave it away. I'd like to have it today because I think it would sound better when it was used through a full range system.
     
  9. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Yeah, i can't imagine it through a Bassman.....feedback anyone?
    I use them at low to moderate volumes through guitar amps but through an acoustic amp or P.A. they can go loud. They kill through a small, breaking up combo like my Supro.
     
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  10. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    53
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    I used to use a Dean Markley soundhole pickup in my Gretsch Hawaiian. Sonded great.
    Yours looks far better, though. Congrats.
     
  11. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Yeah it sounded awful but I was a teenager and didn't know any better.
     
  12. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I had a couple of them years ago and didn't get sounds i liked from them so i traded them on, turns out i just needed different strings, i use pure nickel or monel with them now.
     
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  13. Seamus

    Seamus Synchromatic

    807
    Feb 25, 2011
    New England
    Good God almighty. Lightnin' was like an emissary from a higher plane. It's like he was made of confidence and talent in equal measure.
     
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  14. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Sweet pickup, congrats. I’m not the only one with “vintage DeArmond” as a saved search on flea bay :D
     
  15. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Does using nickel wounds compensate for the louder plain strings?

    I was thinking of using some hi-output double blade SC-sized humbuckers(No hum and good high roll-off!) but since they're blade(poles) I can't compensate much height wise.
     
  16. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Yes they do compared to Phosphor Bronze.
     
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  17. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I've scored some good one's on there. This one came into a local shop on a crappy old Japanese 12 string. I saw it when it first came in and waited for them to clean it up and put a new wire on it ( almost always needed). I had the box in stock from one i used to have that i sold with a guitar:mad:, won't be doing that anymore!
     
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  18. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Installed! This baby runs hot, sounds so good. 20190323_154938.jpg
     
  19. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    A few of them, got like 4 or 5 more i think.;) 20190323_210321.jpg
     

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