I, too, have been looking at the G2420T - Guitar Center has a used one for fairly cheap. It's even in the finish I like (the dark walnut stain with the grain showing).
[NOTE TO SELF: I MUST NOT BUY MORE GUITARS!]
Besides that, the ONE thing that keeps me from jumping on one is the pickups. Reviews say they are more like "modern" humbuckers, and I don't need another guitar with that voice.
So, I would want to swap (or mod) the pickups to get a traditional Gresch tone, and I'm not sure anything affordable would drop in. If you go the TV Jones route for replacement pickups, you might as well get the more expensive model and not have to mod it...
But then, I have the notion that simply removing one set of pole pieces would go a long way towards getting the HiLo-tron tone that my old Tennessean had. Has anybody really tried that idea? Esthetically not so pleasing perhaps, but I could live with it IF the tone was there.
I just finally got a new Gretch Electromatic? to scratch that GAS itch.I’ve been wanting one of these for a while and I decided to use some birthday funds (big 50th last week) to get it. Single barrel stain finish. Weighs about 6.5 lbs. No neck dive with my wide strap. Took it to practice for a gig I have coming up in a couple of weeks last night. Need to tweak my Helix for this thing. Sounds really good and setup very nicely out of the box from Sweetwater. Very high quality guitar even disregarding the price.
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Somehow doubt it. The Gretch Filtertronics were actually developed/out first but patented after the Humbuckers were so the timeline wouldn't fit/make much sense.Happy Birthday and happy very, very gorgeous birthday present
About the pickups, doesn't the LH stand for Loud Humbuckers?
I just finally got a new Gretch Electromatic? to scratch that GAS itch.
I do like it very much and if I was still a teenager limited to a teenagers budget it could easily be my sole guitar.
The Blacktop Filtertrons are not a drop-in replacement for the Streamliner guitars with BT-2S Broadtrons. The form factor of the BT-2S pickups matches a modern humbucker, while a Filtertron is narrower and longer.* It is a do-able modification (I plan to put TV-Jones Classics in my 2420) but it would require some change to the hole size. It's worth saying that TV Jones does make their Filtertron pickups in a humbucker shape for drop in replacement. As someone pointed out, these pickups are expensive but they are the ones Gretsch puts in some of their highest end Japanese and Custom Shop instruments. The mid-line Electromatics have Blacktops or other Gretsch "in-house" Filtertrons.My 5120 has been updated with blacktop Filtertrons. Great Gretsch Goodness! I think these pickups show up used fairly often.