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Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by A.B.Negative, Jun 19, 2009.
How do you like those T-Armonds? My Anniversary model came with the Hilo-Trons.
I have Hilotrons now, need some Dynas.
I am not an official member of the club yet, but am becoming increasingly "Gretsch-curious". It caught my attention that Riff City (a local store that also does great online sales) carried a bunch of Gretsch, and I was interested in the silver sparkle finish Electromatic...until I saw this:
I'm a bit of a sucker for burst and natural wood finishes of all kinds, but I just thought that was a beautiful concept. $430 for a Chinese-manufactured instrument might make some people spit their coffee out, but I think that's becoming of decreasing importance, especially if you aren't interested in resale value (I'm not). And I'm already an owner of several "high-end" Squiers that play great, so that's not really a concern of mine.
I'll definitely try and play one "in the wild", but if I was really going to buy another guitar right now, not sure this is the direction I should go. The pickups, wiring/control scheme, and unique finish definitely have my attention, however.
My Pro Line 6120 ('59 Chet) came with the TVJ Classics stock. Not bad, but kinda boring. I wasn't playing the guitar much. I swapped them out for T-Armonds - the ones with the filtertron footprint - and it's like I have a new guitar. Super clear and bright, but no icepick. Similar to a Jazzmaster neck pickup. I've always felt Dynasonics are criminally underrated...
I agree that Dynasonics are under-rated. Twang and clarity without icepick.
I love Dyna’s, clear with mucho bass on tap, but there are also a few flavors out there. Going between Gretsch Dynas, T-Armonds, and DeArmond 2000s, and even Surf 90s (pretty close), I love all the neck pickup sounds. Bridge-wise, the TAs are a little too dark, Gretsch Dynas underwound, Surfs a little bright (not bad). DeArmonds sound alright with me, but need a little more. If I get another set, I’m getting a TA bridge wound like a neck pickup, 5% overwound or so. That or splurge on the Seymour Duncan repros. Note, I like bright
Edit: Yes, keep them underrated!
Based on this series of videos, I liked the T-Armonds over the Seymour Duncan Dynas. So, I bought 'em, and I'm happy.
Now I want that Gretsch Variety amp. And a Duo Jet.
Not really into the new ones but this is my main one - 1957 Chet Atkins model in orange. No binding rot or other issues that forum daddies tend to claim plague vintage Gretsch guitars. The pickups sound great. I've owned a bunch of the reissue ones trying to like them but after I got a couple oldies I found the sound and look I was after.
That looks nice...! What's the model number, please. I'll have to see if they sell those into the UK market as I'd love a natural with either a very light / matte poly finish or plain.
They are the standard Gretsch Dynasonic pickups. I like them a lot. They have a chimey, woody tone. Very unique. But like a Telecaster the neck and bridge pickups are very different (which is not a problem since I play Telecasters and G&L ASAT Classics). I have T-Armonds in my Duo Jet and they are a bit hotter and my ears hear more fundamentals with them and less of the woody overtones than the standard Gretsch Dynasonics. They work very well in the Jet.
It's just the Electromatic G5435 in "Natural" finish. It may be a "Riff City exclusive," but check with Anderton's in the UK, since Riff City is Anderton's affiliated. They sell stuff like Tone City effects and Victory amps that we all saw in online videos here in the States, but weren't easy to order online anywhere.
Thanks for that. I've bought from Andertons a couple of times, so I'll see if they have it (or can get it).
I have Dynasonic 2000s in my 5127 and think they sound awesome. I also have a DeArmond M-75T with Dynasonic 2ks (made in the USA I believe) and they also sound really great to my ears. I think both are a bit hotter than the original Dynasonics but in my opinion they are perfectly balanced-- clear and articulate but with good oomph.
I just did a pickup swap, installed Sperzels and polished the frets on my new 5420T and it is ready to join the herd.
20171109_205604 by Vic209, on Flickr
20171109_163215 by Vic209, on Flickr
I'm joining the club! I've been IMpatiently waiting for a deal on a G5420T, but none were coming up for sale in my area. I found this 2622T at a steal and thought I'd give it a try until a deal on a used Electromatic show ups.
I'm back in the GreTsch club, with a Brain Setzer Hotrod.
Brian gets all the best colors
That is gorgeous Chicago Slim!