PUPS REPLACEMENT IN 5120

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by THE BALD REVEREND, Jul 17, 2020.

  1. THE BALD REVEREND

    THE BALD REVEREND Electromatic

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    Jul 14, 2020
    MILAN - ITALY
    I just found a 5120 at an affordable price and i'm gonna buy it next monday .
    Since i read that mounted pups are weak in twang , any of us could suggest me a good
    value for money replacement , in case i need ?
    This of course exclude TV jones ...
    I'm also considering a transplant of my 5230's Filtertron ; stupid idea ?

    Thank you gretschers !!
     
  2. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Synchromatic

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    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    Gfs makes a gftron that looks like a filtertron. There’s three different types and they sound good from the YouTube vids. I’ve used other gfs pickups and have been pleased with the results
     
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  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I had TV Jones Classic's in my 5120 . Always found them to be a little muddy / dark
     
  4. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Country Gent

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    I put Power’Tron set in my 5120 and LOVE THEM. Granted, I play more Billy Duffy style than Chet,,, so I go for more growl, and less jangle (are these in the terms we hate?) :)
    Could not be happier. Not a straight swap, little work involved, but found a pair used for $165 on Reverb. Couldn’t be happier with the tone.
     
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  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

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    Monkey Island
  6. davenumber2

    davenumber2 Gretschie

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    Nov 1, 2019
    Columbia, MO
    You can get a set of used Blacktops for around $50
     
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  7. Rockinwildcat

    Rockinwildcat Newbie

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    Nov 10, 2018
    New Hampshire
    I put a set of Fidelitrons in my 5122, they're affordable if you can find them (I paid about $65 on Reverb) and sound great.
     
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  8. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Pups on a guitar...Not the best idea

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  9. ALS57

    ALS57 Gretschie

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    Jun 17, 2019
    London
  10. THE BALD REVEREND

    THE BALD REVEREND Electromatic

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    Jul 14, 2020
    MILAN - ITALY
    Thank you guys ! Your suggestions are precious for me , as i'm totally new in the world of Gretsches
    ( although i'm already in love with them !! )
    Tomorrow i should get my new 5120 , so i will start playing it as is and later on i will see .
    LET'S TWANG !
     
  11. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Surf 90s were pretty cool in my 5120 but when i got my 5125 i figured Trons would be best for the 5120.
     
  12. THE BALD REVEREND

    THE BALD REVEREND Electromatic

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    Jul 14, 2020
    MILAN - ITALY
    Wildeman , do you mean Filtertrons ? Could i make the change mounting blacktop FT on 5120 and placing 5120's Gretschbuckers on my 5230 ?
     
  13. LongJohn

    LongJohn Synchromatic

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    Apr 22, 2016
    Queens, NY
    There is a sweet spot in the Gretschbuckers, turn all the volume and tone controls up full and slowly back off the neck pick up. Might just be all you need. Put a bar bridge on next, and if that doesn't get you there, then it's pick up time. Get to know the guitar as it was built.
     
  14. tolm

    tolm Gretschie

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    Jan 25, 2016
    UK
    That model of pup sounds a little ... “ruff” ... to my ears ... not much midrange “bark” (although I’ve heard that develops as the pups age) and, too much high-end “bite” if you don’t look after ‘em properly.

    I’ll be here all week - try the fish ...
     
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  15. smokinop

    smokinop Electromatic

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    Jul 19, 2011
    Leesburg, GA
    Surf 90's for me but I prefer single coils to HB. I replaced a set of Filtertrons for the Surf 90's, sound glorious!
     
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