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Joe Barden or TV Jones Pickups?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by h2odog, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. h2odog

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    My current project guitar. I'm debating which pickups to install: Joe Barden Danny Gatton Pickups or TV Jones Starwood. Any thoughts/ preferences? I play a variety of styles (praise/ worship at church, blues, rockabilly, classic rock, jazz, country). Which would you go with or would you go with something else?
     

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    Dang, that guitar is beautiful! Sorry that I can't contribute to the pickup discussion. But what a guitar!
     
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    TV Jones!!!
     
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    The Bardens will get you a trebley, Tele/Gatton sound. Maybe not the best jazz sound but good for everything else on your list. Don''t know anything about the Starwoods. What type of sounds are you looking for? Tele/punchy, warm etc....
     
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    The Barden Gatton bridge pickup is very bright, go with modern.
     
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    I want to retain the Tele sound as much as possible, but not overly trebley with a nice balance between bridge and neck.
     
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    I'm most intrigued these days with the TVjones set, the price for admission is pretty steep, but a pretty build like that and I would splurge.
     
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    If looks are everything (and they are, according to that pic) I'd go with BOTH !
    ..rail on the bottom and open face neck...how cool is that ???
     
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    I think 3/4 of the people on TDPRI want exactly the same.:)
     
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    :) Yes, it's that elusive tone that can't easily be described but you know it when you hear it.
     
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    Sorry I can't help with pickups, but that guitar is gorgeous! What did you use for finish?
     
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    What I'm interested in is the Mojotone Quiet coils. I have a set of 58's in my Strat and they will remain there. I haven't tried the Kinman's but people say good things about them too. If you get the Starwoods give us a report!
     
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    Thanks! I used Colortone Stain from StewMac.
     
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    I'd have to respectfully disagree. Danny played a lot of jazz with his Barden set and that tone knob. I'm interested in the TV Jones as well. Let us know what happens.
     
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    Yes, he did play a lot of jazz but not with a typical jazz tone. If you want jazz tone put a humbucker in the neck. (and yes the Bardens are humbuckers, but meant to sound like a tele.)
     
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    I hear ya but I guess what I'm saying is that teles aren't the typical choice for a jazz guitar. Having said that, I do believe its possible to get a good jazz tone from a tele sized neck pickup ala Juilian Lage. With that in mind the Bardens would probably be as good as any tele sized neck pickup which the OP will be using in his build. I've seen video somewhere of Gatton using the tone knob to approximate an arch top sound on his tele neck pickup. Its not a ES 175 but still sounds cool. I don't think the OP can go wrong with either set he is looking at.
     
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    To Jazz purist "If it ain't a big hollow guitar, it ain't Jazz!". I don't abide by that but I'm not a Jazz purist.lol Since I don't know squat about the TV Jones, I can't comment. The Bardens would be a fine choice. I would take Tele12's advise and go with the modern version. EQ can work wonders. I'll check out Juilian Lage when I get the chance. Beautiful guitar h2odog.
     
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    Danny dimed the treble and often turned the amp around from what I've seen, so I don't think he was very representative of anything besides himself. The Bardens can definitely do all of those things but this isn't even a Barden vote, just interested to see if anyone goes the TV Jones route!

    They seem to use considerably finer wire which makes them at least a little novel, besides for the poles used as well.
     
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    Al Anderson plays a Sadowsky with three Bardens. Here's some quality audio:



    And I know you said you play in church, so forgive this song about drinking. It's one of the best, most brotherhood of man, badass drinking songs I've ever heard. Every TDPRIer owes it to themselves to check out the videos of this guy. Just a towering player and songwriter.
     
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    Educate me: The only two Barden players I can think of are Gatton and Springsteen, and I don't really like their tone. Is there another fairly well-known example that would change my mind? Based on these examples, I'd try almost anything other than Barden. But I'm guessing I'm missing something.
     
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