Do you like Teles, with Gretsch tones? I do!

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  1. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    Riding on my appreciation of the tones from a set of T-Armonds that I installed in this D'Angelico EX-SS

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    I decided to purchase a set of lightly-used T-Armonds, from a fellow Gretsch-talk member.

    They arrived today and I had a Tele (all prepped with a 1M Volume pot and a 1M No-Load tone pot) standing by.

    The pickups were installed quickly and easily.. and the tones - GLORIOUS! Very much like the tones I'm getting from the D'Angelico, minus the "air" contributed by the hollow-body D'Angelico. With the solid-body Tele, the tones are slightly brighter, and a little "tighter", somewhat less "airy" than with the D'Angelico.

    Very nice Gretsch tones, as expected with solid-body character. These are moderately high-resistance single-coil pickups! Clean, clear, bright, articulate, detailed, with perhaps a tiny bit of "edge", as the pickups are of higher resistance than most Gretsch pickups. Some have characterized these as sounding somewhat like a blend between a single-coil P-90 and a Gretsch FIlter'tron.


    Anyway... I'm just preaching to the choir, those of you with T-Armonds know all about this, so let's get on with the pics:

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    The body is a 2018 Fender FSR Tele in Sea Foam Pearl finish. The neck is a 2013 Fender Blacktop Tele neck with a rosewood board.

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    I still, of course, very much appreciate my other Teles, which collectively have quite a wide variety of different pickups in them, but this "Gretsch-i-fied" Tele has its own tone and it's wonderful! Thank you, TV Jones!

    By the way, this is my second "Gretsch-i-fied" Tele... my first is this Fender American Standard Tele which has a Gretsch Hilo'tron in the neck position:

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    I am riding a high, appreciating running Gretsch-style pickups in several of my non-Gretsch guitars. I'm so thankful for having discovered the wonders of Gretsch-style pickups. :)
     
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  2. 57fenderstrat

    57fenderstrat Tele-Meister

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    Wow I want something like that at some point looks great !
     
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  3. Verne Bunsen

    Verne Bunsen Tele-Afflicted

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    Those are beautiful guitars! I am way intrigued by the T-Armonds, but my “Gretsch-ified Tele” went the direction of a Bigsby and 3 Lollar’Trons.
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    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    Can you do a sound sample of the sea foam tele? Been wondering how T armonds sound on a solid body
     
  5. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    I will get to that. I can say that they sound very much like they do in a hollow-body, but a bit less "airy" or "breathy", a tiny bit snappier... as you would expect from a solid body - otherwise, just as you would expect a T-Armond to sound.
     
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  6. jimash

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    Nice guitars.
     

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  7. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    jim.. you got it, buddy! :) Nice!
     
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    This one I really like
     
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  9. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    I'm all about non-Gretsch guitars WITH Gretsch pickups! I'm up to FIVE of them so far - a Gibson, two Fenders, an Epiphone, and a D'Angelico. Every one turned out better than the original!
     
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    That D'Angelico looks good. I'm hot for those. Also the Hilotron is an interesting choice. I had an Anniversary with those.
    I like the sound of Gretsch pickups, and it has made me like some unlikely records, because I can pick it out. Goes way back My teacher let me play his Tennessean.
    You can see my Nashville in my pic. That's one of the last NY Gretsches. 40th birthday .
    The Black Tele is a partsacster I bought online, that someone built, or had built and sold it to a store and I got it. It's great.
    MIM neck,works well,beeefy. Staggered tuners. TV Jones Filtertrons, Pearlescent pickguard, Stringsaver saddles with little graphite inserts, and an electrosocket jack, and a nice switch. It's like custom built for me. Sounds great in the CPR.
     
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  11. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    Very nice! A well-conceived Tele parts caster can easily exceed an off-the-rack Fender Tele. All it takes is a great conception, good electronics, and a nice execution! No doubt, your black Tele with Filters is awesome. And, no need for a tone pot either! As is that 40 year old Gretsch!
     
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    That Am Standard Green with the Hilotron neck pickup. Just damn.
     
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  13. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    Thank you, bender! I'm with you on that. :) It's Jade Pearl Metallic.
     
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  14. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Tele-Holic

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    This thread is full of sexxxeee guitars. The OP’s and the following Bigsby/3 Hi-Lo Tron one get it off to a running start.
     
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    Me too!
    I have two Bender Teles with TV Jones pickups.
    Love em’!
     
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  16. PigBoy

    PigBoy Tele-Meister

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    So you’re the one that bought those!
    I went to pull the trigger and the were sold.
     
  17. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    I am the culprit, PB. Sorry you weren't able to snag the pair. :(

    I did think about it for a couple of days before I pulled the trigger, though. :twisted:
     
  18. PigBoy

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    So did I... Guess I thought to long.
     
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    @DHart

    You always take the most beautiful photos of your guitars. Props. I'd love to have some great pics of my #1.
     
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  20. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    Thank you LunarSlingShot! I appreciate that. I have many years of professional photography experience behind me, which helps. I'm retired now, but can't help myself when it comes to making images of my guitars. It's still a passion for me.
     
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