So what does the GT-collective make of the Fidelisonics?

Ricochet

Senior Gretsch-Talker
Nov 13, 2009
21,878
Monkey Island
The new Streamliner pickups. Maybe I missed the hubbub or public outrage? P90 staple pickups(inexplicably called Fidelisonic) and new PU rings?!
Personally I love the look but I’m not sure a Gretsch needs’m. Still cudos to Gretsch for trying something new.

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mr coffee

Country Gent
Oct 7, 2009
1,777
Houston
Look, I'm not saying it's a bad thing, alright, just saying certain recent moves by Gretsch really feel like Fender trying to throw things against the wall and see what sticks in hopes that they can build Gretsch into a bigger selling brand lest the brand find itself in the path of a bean counter's axe.

-m
 

Randy99CL

Country Gent
Feb 17, 2020
2,111
Albuquerque
The world is used to P-90s with adjustable pole screws.

I love the classic P-90s in my G2622T-P90 and at some point will stop by GC to listen to the new version of the same guitar.
TBH I don't expect the new pickups to sound better than the old. Fender really is a marketing company that is always looking for "new" and "different" to spur sales.
I think it is likely that they voiced the new pickups differently, it would be cool if they created a new sound.
Any reviews yet?

Edit: I should have known that Anderton's made a review video a month ago.
2021 Gretsch Streamliner Collection - Their Greatest Value for Money Guitar Yet? - YouTube I've watched the video and I do like the sound of the new ones. As usual, Pete makes it sing.
 
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Back in Black

Country Gent
Jun 22, 2020
1,395
Ontario Canada
The new Streamliner pickups. Maybe I missed the hubbub or public outrage? P90 staple pickups(inexplicably called Fidelisonic) and new PU rings?!
Personally I love the look but I’m not sure a Gretsch needs’m. Still cudos to Gretsch for trying something new.

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Sorry Ric,

First time I've seen that particular model...hopefully the last.

Gretsch by brand only.

Just me.

BIB.
 

BorderRadio

Country Gent
Mar 6, 2014
3,476
Phoenix, AZ
I really want to like these, and will likely get a Streamliner for them. They’re like inexpensive (unadjustable) staple P90s, and therefore marginally related to a DeArmond Model 2000/Dynasonic. Remember that when Gretsch first started using DeArmonds, they called it the Fidelatone. I imagine that’s the legacy they are tapping into by name, but it probably flies by the ‘new to Gretsch’ set that modern Streamliners seem to target.

I’m glad Gretsch has a single coil option at the low-end, now if they could only start offering a Dyna-type with Electros, but that ship seems to have sailed as Guild/Cordoba already took the modern DeArmond 2000 design.

So yup, G2622T, forge glow probably :)

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BorderRadio

Country Gent
Mar 6, 2014
3,476
Phoenix, AZ
It’s the only one I kinda like, but aye a B70. Jaguar Tan, gets no love ever. Cream knobs are fine for me, I don’t feel the need to grab cheap import, early 50s plain-t0p chromes.
 

stiv

Country Gent
Sep 12, 2014
2,376
Firenze, Italy
I admit they don’t look bad though, I kinda like those plastic rings as well. They look like a sort of Harmony/Supro kind of thing.
I presume that Fender is trying to stick his nose into that retro-looking guitars market.
I have no idea of how they sound, but at this point I have plenty of options that already fill my needs that I bet they would hardly beat any of my stuff. :)
 

Randy99CL

Country Gent
Feb 17, 2020
2,111
Albuquerque
I like that they now sell a model without the Bigsby (for $100 less), the previous models with P-90s all had the B70 installed.

As to the size of the pickups, my understanding is that they have a shallow but wide bobbin as an important characteristic of the original design. Supposedly that is why HB-sized P-90s don't sound the same, they have more depth and less width. But I'm no expert.

I'm not wild about the new finishes but they obviously picked the colors to go with the cream colored plastic parts.

I love my G2622T-P90 in Phantom Metallic (matte silver and I've upgraded to chrome knobs) and from what I've seen and heard (Alberton's review) the new ones aren't any better. Just as good but not better.
 


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