That Great Gretsch Sound (At Last!)

Mr Twangy

Gretschie
Dec 27, 2020
195
Canada
90FA09A6-5A9D-4190-9F57-0BDED0E0DFE9.jpeg 90FA09A6-5A9D-4190-9F57-0BDED0E0DFE9.jpeg I have this little Jet Club. I love how it plays and feels-perfect weight and balance- and I love the neck, but for pickups it had the infamous Gretschbuckers. I tried every possible adjustment to make those things sound decent (given that Gretsch saw fit to stamp their name on the pickup covers I imagined that they thought they were something worthwhile but in the end I came to the conclusion that they were simply crap pickups. So I put Blacktop Filtertrons in the guitar (and a new wiring harness with CTS and Switchcraft parts) and I am very happy with them. Prior to buying them I tried three Jets in a store, one with BT Filtertrons, one with HS Filtertrons and one with TV Jones Classics. The TV Jones sounded lovely but a pair would cost more than I paid for the guitar. The HS Filters wouldn’t have cost much more than the BTs, but the I preferred the sound of the BTs, so there we are. The difference in sound quality between the Gretschbuckers and the Blacktops is much much greater than the difference between the BTs and the TVJs quite honestly. I love having humbucking pickups that have a kind of Tele twang to them and I think the BTs sound the best of all three with a lot of gain.

Someone on this forum once said that Gretschbuckers somehow manage to sound muddy and harsh at the same time, and that is so true. I’ve seen people selling Gretschbuckers on EBay for as much as $50 a pair. I’m not going to do that because I don’t want to inflict them on anybody else. I’m going to do what someone else once said on this forum and “throw them in the garbage.”
 

Mr Twangy

Gretschie
Dec 27, 2020
195
Canada
“throw them in the garbage.”

But that's like throwing $50 in the trash,I'd sell them myself,one mans garbage is another mans treasure an'll that.
I’m just mad at the pickups for making me think there must be some magic in them for so long. I’ll actually just put them in a drawer and forget about them probably.
 

Mr Twangy

Gretschie
Dec 27, 2020
195
Canada
@Mr Twangy you have definatly took a big step in the right direction towards getting 'that great Gretsch sound' by replacing the Gretschbuckers with blacktop filtertrons.
And a Gretsch pro jet is arguably the best bang for buck electromatic out there.
Outlaw, I really love the sound of these pickups. The difference is startling.
 

Gretschzilla

Gretschie
Apr 20, 2021
176
Saint Paul, MN USA
I keep messing with my Setzer Smoke; I always end up at the middle position on both pickup switches, both pickup volumes at max; guitar volume at max; through my Fender TM Twin Reverb clear channel with all the knobs set to 5. It jangles and twangs just right at those settings.
 

Hickeroar

Gretschie
Oct 4, 2020
185
Texas
Somewhat of a tangent, but off of something you said in your post: When I upgraded my BT Filtertrons to TV Jones Classics, I noticed that the Neck sounded a little better than the BT, but the Bridge sounded far better. Not sure why that is. Honestly I'm pretty impressed with the blacktops overall though. They're really good pickups.
 


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