I may be way way off the mark based on what’s listed above but Richie Fortus and others played some hefty stuff on a gretsch back then. It’s left field but “come as you are” sounds phat on a stock G2655TG-P90 and I’m pretty sure the broadtron PUP is the same size as humbucker allowing for an easy swap for a dirty Seymour Duncan at the bridge which is the best place for em. Balancing it with a P90 should be doable and it means if he wants to dabble in more Vintage P90 stuff in time.... and the only thing that’s certain is his tastes will change. I went within a bees width of buying one of these the other day. An awful lot of geet for the money.