Pickup replacment

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Dirtyblues, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. Dirtyblues

    Dirtyblues Electromatic

    Jan 27, 2021
    I got a double phat cat guitar and the neck pickup doesn’t really do it for me. I’m looking for a replacement.

    Im stuck between a filtertron humbucker sized because of the clarity and a splittable humbucker to get some Stratish neck tones.

    need some help deciding.
  2. BentFX

    BentFX Electromatic

    Dec 15, 2020
    I really can't help with a lot of technical info. But someone's got to respond. :)

    I don't know. I'm currently trying to decide between Setzer signatures in a CB Jr, or a Classic+ in the bridge and a SuperTron in the neck. Also looking at replacing the wiring harness. The pots are working good, but the current crop of Electromatic have a reputation of problems with pots. It brings up a lot of thoughts about it, one of which is, if I'm doing it I should wire in push/pull tap/split, but I haven't found any *Tron videos/reviews regarding splitting that have pushed me over that edge.

    As I said, I don't know. There's so many directions a person might want to go. Good luck with that! :D
  3. Marv666

    Marv666 Gretschie

    Jul 26, 2020
    Tv jones offers filtertrons that fit into humbucker routing, very good pickups
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  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I’m not sure replacing a single coil with a humbucker is the way to win some clarity. Even with a bright and clean humbucker on split coil setting.

    Lot’s of ways to win a bit of clarity. Whether it’s enough for you I can’t say.
    Replace the magnets with A3 or A4. Remove metal cover if it has one. Drop the pickup(1 or 2mm), particularly the bass side, raise the polepieces. If it has it’s own volume pot raise the resistance value. These are all subtle changes but might make the difference for you. Only if you don’t like something inherent to the character of the pickup would you need to replace it, but you still like the bridge, right?
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  5. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

    Jan 19, 2017
    Splitting humbuckers is fun on my Sheraton but to be honest I don't use that set up so often. There's a distinct loss of output so it might be a problem to balance between neck and bridge in your project.
  6. ALS57

    ALS57 Gretschie

    Jun 17, 2019
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  7. Marv666

    Marv666 Gretschie

    Jul 26, 2020
    They actually look like real filtertrons,have you tried them?
    Might be worth looking into
  8. ALS57

    ALS57 Gretschie

    Jun 17, 2019
    Yes I have a set of fletch-o-trons in my 2420 and to me they sound excellent. The 2420 is my first gretsch so I can't personally compare them to Gretsch filtertrons or TV Jones etc.

    Last edited: Mar 1, 2021
  9. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    I think TV Jones does not recommend splitting coils on Filter"Trons because they are too low output.
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