I understand about the Blacktops. Side by side with the TV Classics in my Falcon they aren't in the same league. They did, however give a Gretschier tone to the 5120. But I lost some nice smoky Gibson-like tones in the process. The Classics are just so much fuller in range and dynamics vs the Blacktops. I've played the hollow body Streamliners & the stock pickups aint bad, just leaning more PAF/ Gibson in character. They are better than the old Gretchbuckers in my 5120 IMO, which I actually liked as far as their tone, they are just not very Gretsch. Now that I have the Falcon with the TVs I may switch the 5120 back to the old "mud buckers". I'd just save up if I was you. BTW, Welcome!