Gretsch-ified Flying V

BennytheJet

Gretschie
Dec 6, 2019
102
Arlington, WA
OK team, I just picked up one of these beasts: a Firefly FFLV in olive green.

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I'm thinking of Gretsch-ifying it on the cheap. I've been curious as to the quality and sound of the new GFS GF'Tron "Hard Vintage" series. I have TV Jones Classics in two other guitars, so I don't have any illusions that they will compete with them in terms of sound; rather, I'm thinking that maybe a hotter wind will offer a different sonic vibe, not to mention the fact that a flying V really screams "hotter wind" pickups.

I'd prefer the traditional chrome finish for the pickups, so the question is do I do silver or black pickup rings? Also, do I do Gibson-style black top hats with silver tops or do I do Gretsch-style arrow knobs?

Any other thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks!
 

Ricochet

Senior Gretsch-Talker
Nov 13, 2009
21,262
Monkey Island
Go all out. Gretsch is one of the few brands that is able to pull off mix n matching of Gold and Chrome. Gretsch knobs though.

Either fill the HB routes so the pickup sits flat or use the GFS adaptor plates. When you get the Gretsch rings/bezels you’ll need to drill holes for the height adjustment screws. Might as well order 3 or 4 if you can. The ring besides offensively pricey for 25c(?) of plastic, is also offensively brittle.
 

freddyfingers

Gretschified
OK team, I just picked up one of these beasts: a Firefly FFLV in olive green.

DSC_5524_1080x.jpg


I'm thinking of Gretsch-ifying it on the cheap. I've been curious as to the quality and sound of the new GFS GF'Tron "Hard Vintage" series. I have TV Jones Classics in two other guitars, so I don't have any illusions that they will compete with them in terms of sound; rather, I'm thinking that maybe a hotter wind will offer a different sonic vibe, not to mention the fact that a flying V really screams "hotter wind" pickups.

I'd prefer the traditional chrome finish for the pickups, so the question is do I do silver or black pickup rings? Also, do I do Gibson-style black top hats with silver tops or do I do Gretsch-style arrow knobs?

Any other thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks!
So how does a firefly V play? Is it a decent playing axe?
 

Ricochet

Senior Gretsch-Talker
Nov 13, 2009
21,262
Monkey Island

BennytheJet

Gretschie
Dec 6, 2019
102
Arlington, WA
If OP opts for the GFS filtertrons he would still need the adaptor plates. Also the EM1 is intended for US made Gibsons and the position of the holes on the ring are most likely not corresponding with Asian humbucker rings like on the Firefly.

Definitely. I think this might limit me to the black pickup rings instead of the clear or silver Gretsch-style ones. I'm curious to see if the GFS pickup rings hole positions are to Asian-made specs compared to the TV Jones ring specs.

I'll go ahead and order the adapter plate, too. I've constructed those before for some TV Jones Classics I purchased, but it'd be nice to avoid that process for only a few bucks.

I don't mind drilling some new holes as long as the pickup rings cover the existing holes (and vice versa in case I want to remove the pickups and sell the guitar later).
 

jfassett

Synchromatic
Dec 9, 2017
800
Tucson
OK team, I just picked up one of these beasts: a Firefly FFLV in olive green.

DSC_5524_1080x.jpg


I'm thinking of Gretsch-ifying it on the cheap. I've been curious as to the quality and sound of the new GFS GF'Tron "Hard Vintage" series. I have TV Jones Classics in two other guitars, so I don't have any illusions that they will compete with them in terms of sound; rather, I'm thinking that maybe a hotter wind will offer a different sonic vibe, not to mention the fact that a flying V really screams "hotter wind" pickups.

I'd prefer the traditional chrome finish for the pickups, so the question is do I do silver or black pickup rings? Also, do I do Gibson-style black top hats with silver tops or do I do Gretsch-style arrow knobs?

Any other thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks!
I have a set of their filtertrons in my 5420 and like them...that said, if you want to stay with humbucker sized rings, take a look at their "Dream 180" pickups...I put a set in a firefly lp style guitar and they sound great!
 

BennytheJet

Gretschie
Dec 6, 2019
102
Arlington, WA
I have a set of their filtertrons in my 5420 and like them...that said, if you want to stay with humbucker sized rings, take a look at their "Dream 180" pickups...I put a set in a firefly lp style guitar and they sound great!

Did you get the classics or the "hard vintage" model?
 

section2

Country Gent
Dec 21, 2016
2,555
Toronto
These Gretsch-style pickup rings are pre-drilled with the extra holes to suspend the pickups from the rings:

https://tvjones.com/em2-gretsch-style-pickup-ring-with-mounting-screws/

The hole spacing is 1mm wider than the spacing on the GFS adapter plates, so you might need to make your own adapters out of popsicle sticks if you want to ensure a perfect fit.

Philadelphia Luthier Tools sells a Filtertron adapter plate with hole spacing that's only 0.5mm narrower than this pickup ring, so it might be close enough.

https://www.philadelphialuthiertool...ron-parts/filtertron-humbucker-adapter-plate/
 


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