P-rails and Filtertrons

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Dirtyblues, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. Dirtyblues

    Dirtyblues Electromatic

    Jan 27, 2021
    I know that p-rails are ment to emulate a single coil, p-90 and humbucker.
    I’m just wondering if there is anything you can do to them to get a more filtertron tone, maybe with a blender pot?
  2. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I love Seymour Duncan pickups but somehow these never held much appeal to me. You know the saying a “Jack of all trades, Master of none”.

    The only pickup with a full HB footprint that claims to mimic a Filtertron is the DiMarzio Eric Johnson signature.
  3. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I have a set of those in the Warmoth Starcaster that Eman put together for me. They are brighter than the average hum bucker.
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  4. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    ahh they're just low output humbuckers is all.
    And like most humbuckers made now you can split coil them :)

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  5. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    Just buy some filtertrons for less than what the SDs cost.
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  6. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead Gretschie

    Dec 29, 2012
    I have a P-Rail. Good pickup. P90 and humbucker modes particularly (both humbucker modes sound the same pretty much).
  7. Axis39

    Axis39 Country Gent

    Jun 2, 2008
    Beaumont, CA
    I have an early set of P-Rails. I bought them as a multi-bladed tool.

    They're sitting on my shelf... Have been for a number of years.

    I don't think they sounded anything like Filters. Not sure if there was any way to make them sound like Filters, either. Filters have a certain mid-presence (maybe an upper mid-presence?) that other dual coil pickups don't usually have.
  8. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
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