Not a takeover. An agreement regarding marketing, distribution, etc. Fender didn't buy Gretsch. It's not like the Terada factory in Japan suddenly had new management, and they changed all the parts on day one. Besides, Gretsch guitars are constantly in transition. Don't sweat it. Buy it and enjoy!the era of the takeover
Matter of taste. I prefer the ceramic ones.Yeah, call it "Transitional".
That it's sporting a "JT" serial number at all tells you its FMIC era, at least from a "legal" standpoint. But an early one like that is gonna have a lot of pre-FMIC features and specs.
I’d expect to find the ceramic filtertrons in there, and that wouldn’t really be such a bad thing! Despite what you may have read, they’re not junk. They’re pretty good pups, with some serious growl to them when cranked. Granted, a little less twangy than the Alnico ones that replaced them, but we’re talking a matter of degrees there. Imho, they still sound just like a Gretsch should!
Hehe, I'm kinda fond of them too. Does it show?Matter of taste. I prefer the ceramic ones.
So as others have said, it is a transition model.
Two piece neck and cavity covers are preFMIC. Grover Sta-tites, serial number format and Space Control are FMIC ...
I may have been wrong there. I thought that all preFMIC Jets came with the awful preFMIC roller bearing bridge (my 1997 Jet has one of these) but maybe some models (like 62s) were exceptions....
I dunno, the OP's Space Control looks pretty "Pre-FMIC" to me, about the same as both my late 90's models. A far cry from the round dome ones from that other "pre-FMIC" era - the 1950's.
I believe the thing with Space Controls is that Yes, they got updated, but it actually happened prior to FMIC's involvement. Started out as a revival era quirk and wound up sticking around.