TV Classics wired in Hot Rod format?

Discussion in 'The Pickup Place' started by Lionpotato, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. Lionpotato

    Lionpotato Gretschie

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    Oct 10, 2018
    Upland
    Anyone ever tried wiring TV Classics in the simplistic Hot Rod format? Just wondering if it opens the guitar up a little? I know Brian runs a lot of his guitars like this. I love the Setzer live sound. I have the Dyno Brain, 6G6B,...got a lot of recipe...please don't mention fingers or hands. I play my own style but I do like the general Setzer tone. Experiences? I will say the Classics are pretty bright. They'll get a little brighter with removing the tone pots but they'll also open up a little. Anyone tried this wiring scheme with TV Classics? Or, had a Gretsch from the factory with Classics wired like this?

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  2. G5422T

    G5422T Synchromatic

    556
    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Can't say that it's any brighter, but a tad louder. Pure and simple tone machine. 20190116_150111.jpg
     
  3. Lionpotato

    Lionpotato Gretschie

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    Oct 10, 2018
    Upland
    Woah! That's beautiful! Louder would be fine. I'm used to humbuckers. Thanks for the comment.
     
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  4. G5422T

    G5422T Synchromatic

    556
    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Thanks. It's not a lot louder than the traditional circuit, but you can tell that nothing is holding the Classics back. It just lets the Classics do their thing.

    With the 17" body, the sound is just BIG.
     
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  5. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I like the Hot Rod wiring scheme which removes all non-essential elements from the circuit. I've never seen the point of 3 volume controls for a 2-pickup guitar.
     
  6. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    I installed a 500K push/pull knob in place of my tone-mud switch. when you pull up, the tone circuit is engaged w a .02 PIO cap, but down.. its out and hotrod circuit ensues. The reduced capacitance loading gives you a closer to Setz response. I geeked a bit more on mine by making a wiring harness from mogami cabling.
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  7. Lionpotato

    Lionpotato Gretschie

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    Oct 10, 2018
    Upland
    Thanks Tavo. I was hoping you would weigh in. I’m a Mogami user for guitar cable as well but never thought about the harness....now you have me thinking.
     
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  8. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    I’m a fan of this control set, myself. My ‘59 Tennie RI uses this setup, it’s structurally virtually identical to a Setzer Hot Rod, although I use Duo-Tron pickups.
     
  9. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Big fan. You increase clarity without hyping the trebles.
     
  10. Lionpotato

    Lionpotato Gretschie

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    Oct 10, 2018
    Upland
    That was my concern since the Classics are pretty bright to start with. So, this is nice to know. Good! Thanks!
     
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  11. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I'm going back to bed because when I saw this thread I thought it was going to be about the Munsters and their hotrod!
     
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  12. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    Hadn’t seen it that way, but you’re right. :)
     
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  13. Lionpotato

    Lionpotato Gretschie

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    Oct 10, 2018
    Upland
    Ha ha! Good one.
     
  14. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    DRAGULA!!
     
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  15. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Rob Zombie!

    Sorry I diverted the post. It really was the first thing in my head early in the morning when I saw it.
     
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  16. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
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  17. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Nice hotrod in here still way off topic.


    Back on the topic a bit, I wonder how the hotrod wiring would work on other Gretsch pups, Hilo's, or TV's TArmonds?
    I also wonder if I would like this wiring because I do enjoy having the separate volume controls and to add that we would no longer be in a hot rod wiring but a no tone wiring.
     
  18. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I’ll take The Munster’s Dragula, you keep Rob Zombies’.
     
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  19. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    The „Hot Rod“ wiring is everything but new:

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  20. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Since we've already gone off the rails...........FINGERS and HANDS!!!:D
     
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