Best filtertron guitars under 1000 ?

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  1. Strowbri86

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    What's your opinions on good guitars featuring filtertron style pickups for under 1000? Specifically, not Gretsch. I am familiar with their lines. I'd love Pro Jet, but I'm not gonna spend 2500 on it. And I know there are boutique builders out there who make some good Gretsch inspired guitars. But before I do 20 hours of research, do any of you have any favorites that are under 1000 bucks? I'm not looking for an exact Pro Jet type necessarily, but also not really looking at giant hollow body jazzers either.
     
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    Well,...... there are tons of import Gretsch's for under $1000. Their quality is great as imports go. But do you want semi hollow at all or solid body?
    BTW you can put 'Trons in many guitars that have HB's with some TV Jones 'Trons made for that or some adapting. I just put a gretsch 'Tron in a HB slot a couple months ago. I may be selling that Tron with the adaptor soon. Haven't decided.
     
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    Take a look at Cort Sunset I.
     
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    Any of the Gretsch Electromatic line of your choice. The most recent issues really have nice pickups but if they don't work watch REverb, Ebay or C.L for that matter and you can put in a set of T.V. Jones and come in less than a $1,000 easily.
     
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    All good recommendations, but not everything is easy to find. Certain new Electromatic Jets (they dropped the "Pro" name this year) also have 'Broadtron" pickups, and in my opinion aren't a part of the Filtertron family. Blacktops Filtertrons are though, and there are plenty of Electromatics out there that come with them stock.
     
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    If you're not going Gretsch, then yep--Fender or Squier Cabronita. You can always swap in better pickups, though the stock ones are pretty good. Very affordable, too. $500 or so used on Reverb for a Squier version.
     
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    Pro Jets are not $2500. You can get a new one for around $500. I got a used one (below) for $350 and put HS Filtertrons in it. You can pick up used Pro Jets all day long for less than $400. Some already have Blacktop Filtertrons in them.
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    Megatrons in the electromatic Corvette are killer, killer pickups. I wish you could buy these without buying the guitar they come it.
     
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    I have a Guild Thunderbird I placed TV Jones Powertrons into which fell barely under 1K.
     
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    Yep... Reverend has a few models w/ "Revtrons", and are fabulous guitars, regardless of cost.
     
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    Yep, Cabronita may scratch that itch. Solid body and semi-hollow.

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    I love my Gretsch G5420T.
    The new Jet FT is equivalent to the old Pro Jet. I wonder what FT stands for?
     
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    LaCabronita, love this guitar:

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    I built this for cheap($60). Used a Silverware box from a Goodwill store and Foundry Tone pickups which are minibuckers, but they do the Filtertron tone adjusted as high as they can go.
     

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    In the Tele-style, Fender Cabronita Thinline with Fender Fideli'trons is hard to beat! It has a superb, clean, clear, sparkly sound.

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    The Fender Fideli'trons are slightly brighter and cleaner than a set of Gretsch HS Filter'trons that I recently tested in this guitar. I found the Filter'trons to be a bit warmer and "rounder" sounding. I prefer the Fideli'trons, personally.

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