New TV Jones pickups in my Gretsch

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  1. Bob M

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    Gretsches are great guitars. The Japanese made Fender sponsored Proline guitars are as nice as anything that was made in the New York factory. For years I owned a '66 Country Gent and it was nowhere as nice as my 2006 6120-1959. If you keep an eye out reasonable proline Gretches show up used. The Electromatics are nice, but if you decide to upgrade everything you get within a couple of hundred bucks of a good used proline.
     
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    I have two Electromatics and a Streamliner. I have a 2005 5129 electro with DeArmonds, a 2622t Streamliner with TV Classics, and this 2018 5420t. All are awesome playing, feeling, sounding guitars.
    Someday I’ll experience a Pro-line.
     
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    No doubt about it. I’ve literally invested within a few hundo of a used proline.
     
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    I’m curious what you think of the TV Jones as I bought that same guitar from a Sweetwater about a month ago. I like the blacktops , but am curious how the Jones sound. As you said the Electromatics are great guitars and I’m thoroughly impressed with mine. I usually buy the high end stuff , but love my 5420tg 59.
     
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    I have a 5420t and switched out the blacktops for a Classic+ and a Super'Tron in the neck. I was going to sell the guitar before swapping the pickups, but now it sounds so darn good I'll never get rid of it. With the blacktops, there were only a few styles and positions that sounded good. With the TV Jones pickups, this guitar covers a very broad range. I can play jazz on it, or get some deep twang, rock in all styles, or bright and clean. I love this guitar. If I didn't feel so at home on a tele as I do, this would be my only instrument.
    I kind of want to build a cabronita with the left-over blacktops, but then I'd want to buy TV jones for that guitar too...
     
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    Such a beautiful guitar, right?! I love mine so much! I’ve done quite a bit of work to mine (new nut, Sperzel locking tuners, vintage bigsby, rocking bar bridge clear pickguard, fancy truss rod cover, and now pickups), but it was a great guitar out of the box!
    So far, i’d say the TVJ classic plus in the bridge gives off a lot more heat. Super bright, but without the ice pick. I find it to have stronger output than the blacktop. And I have more definition in the notes and chords.
    The TV Classic neck pup is smoother than the stock BT. Rounder? The middle position sounds okay, but I never play with both pups with filtertrons. I do with my tele. The middle position with filters just ain’t my sound.
    All said, i really liked the Blacktops, but after playing them live in stage with my band, I decided I wanted more cut.
     
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    Thanks. I don’t really care for the middle position either. I was really surprised how low output the blacktops were. So for the time being they will stay . I ended up cleaning up the nut , so it stays in tune really well ,but I’m not a heavy Bigsby user. For the money it’s a great guitar.
     
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    Have you raised the BT’s? I brought them up real high.
    Without pressing down on fretboard:
    Bridge pup 4mm below strings.
    Neck pup 6mm below strings.
    Made a big difference.
     
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    I did raise them . I measured them yesterday and they are about 5mm on both the neck and bridge pickup. I will raise them some more and see how it sounds. Thanks.
     
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    I love it! My 5420t is a FORCE now. It was already a nice guitar, but now she’s a sex machine!
    I sold my blacktops already to a friend before I even took them out. I don’t think i’m going to miss them.
    I was considering putting a filtertron in my tele, but decided to keep it standard with some tele noiseless pups.
    After I started playing Gretsch guitars with bigsbys I HAD to put one on my tele too. I can’t play without a wiggle stick anymore!
     
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