Why the big chrome pick up surrounds on the pro jet?

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Alanqa, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Alanqa

    Alanqa Electromatic

    92
    Aug 22, 2019
    Lancashire UK
    My silver pro jet (2014 model I think) has these oversized chromed flat pick up surrounds that I don't recall seeing on other models. It has the BT filtertrons on it but I want to make it look more like the duojet. My plan is to replace the pickups with HS filtertrons eventually. Can I replace these big old surrounds with standard Gretsch bezels?

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  2. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Country Gent

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    Dec 7, 2011
    United States
    Pretty cool to me, I’d keep those!
     
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  3. afire

    afire Country Gent

  4. Alanqa

    Alanqa Electromatic

    92
    Aug 22, 2019
    Lancashire UK
    I guess if the holes don't line up I can fill the old holes with toothpicks and dab glitter nail polish to disguise the repair. I am hoping it won't be a big job.

    Unfortunately I am right out of glitter nail polish!
     
  5. afire

    afire Country Gent

    After a little digging, I think you may be okay. You will have to drill new holes, but the old ones will just barely be covered.
     
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  6. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    They'll show, not by much, but the plastic surrounds are smaller than the metal surround mounting holes.
     
  7. Dennison

    Dennison Country Gent

    Jul 17, 2011
    Kent, UK
    I got used to mine after a short while and now I couldn't be bothered changing them.
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  8. Alanqa

    Alanqa Electromatic

    92
    Aug 22, 2019
    Lancashire UK
    I have a set arriving today. I'll let you know how I get on.

    My plan is to replace the blacktops with HS filtertrons eventually and port the blacktops to my baritone jet.
     
  9. Alanqa

    Alanqa Electromatic

    92
    Aug 22, 2019
    Lancashire UK
    Ok done!!! It was pretty easy and all but half a hole got covered!
     

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  10. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

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    82
    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
    I was going to suggest that you paint the steel items grey (or whatever). But this looks good...nice job!!
     
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  11. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
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  12. Alanqa

    Alanqa Electromatic

    92
    Aug 22, 2019
    Lancashire UK
    Thanks all. It was really easy. I didn’t even use a drill. I just pressed hard on the screws and ‘self-tapped ‘ them into the wood.

    skill level required: 2/10

    skill level used, 1.5/10
     
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  13. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Those big surrounds are correct copies of the Baldwin ere guitars. You'll never have to worry about them cracking like the plastic ones.
     
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