5420 With Brian Setzer Tv Jones pick ups

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by ErickT94, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. ErickT94

    ErickT94 Electromatic

    Feb 13, 2020
    Los Angeles
    what will waxing vs not waxing the pick ups do exactly?
  2. Stonepicking

    Stonepicking Gretschie

    Sep 14, 2018
    Portsmouth uk
    Pickups like the filtertrons and PAF's were originally made without wax potting. This is supposed to improve the dynamics of the pickups and gives them a slightly more open sound. It also makes them more susceptible to squealing when driven at high gain. This is all stuff I've read about and not experienced for myself.
    Others may be able to shed more light on the subject? I just wanted to get something as close to original as possible! I bought these as they are British made so slightly cheaper than the Ray Butt full fidelity TV Jones model in the UK. I have a set of Radioshop pickups in my Tele and they sound stellar so I know they're going to be quality sounding pickups.
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  3. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    That's what I did (de-waxed) to my HS Filtertrons and TV Jones Classic pickups.
    I like the end result, for all of the reasons that you mentioned. I don't play at high decibels, so squeal hasn't been an issue for me.
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  4. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    you didnt have Raybutts yet.. also are we talking jet or 6120. There is a great diff between those two applications.
  5. Stonepicking

    Stonepicking Gretschie

    Sep 14, 2018
    Portsmouth uk
    That's good to know. I play in an alt country/Americana type band so I don't use heavy distortion, some overdrive and boost so hopefully all will be good!!
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  6. unknown fan

    unknown fan Gretschie

    Aug 7, 2018
    That's what I did - I ordered the wiring harness from 920d Custom because Tom was backordered at the time. Sorry don't have any video on my phone.
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  7. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013

    You’re right. And they were in a hollow.
  8. ErickT94

    ErickT94 Electromatic

    Feb 13, 2020
    Los Angeles
    Its crazy how much this community mods their guitarists and I love it. You're 5420 looks dope. the pickups make the guitar pop a bit more than black top filtertrons
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  9. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    You should spend some time on the Telecaster forum. It makes the modding here look tame by comparison :eek:
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