TV Jones T-Armonds (quick review)

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  1. ruger9

    ruger9 Poster Extraordinaire

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    They are in a Cabronita thinline... 500K pots. And I LOVE them. I had T-90s in it before, and they are also great, especially for rock sounds, but the T-Armonds are big, fat, clear, lovely, sounding pickups. Like a fat tele. (The T-90s were like a fat DIRTY tele lol).

    Nice thick highs on the plain strings, and piano-like lows on the wound strings. Think Jim Campilongo and Duke Levine. They are actually very similar to regular tele pickups, but with less icepick on the bridge, which I love. If you want your Cabronita to sound more like a tele, get the T-Armonds.

    i like them with a little gain, like an overdrive pedal to help them amp be a little pushed... but I'm not really digging them for higher gain, or even rock, sounds. That's ok- I have other guitars for that. Not saying they don't sound good, I just prefer the other guitars over the T-Armonds. But for gorgeous clean and semi-dirty tones, the T-Armonds are very hard to beat.

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    Thanks for the review. AlNiCo or Ceramic ?
     
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    I think all of TVJ's pickups are alnico. These certainly are- because they are magnet RODS (the pole pieces)... can you even machine ceramic like that?
     
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    Cool picture both guitar and amp. They make a perfect couple.
     
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    maggieo Tele-Holic

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    That is spectacular.
     
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    DeArmonds are amongst my favorite PUs. The fact they look so cool is a nice bonus too.
    Good idea to put them on a Cabronita!
     
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    Thanks for the review!
     
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    I recently swapped out a Gretsch blacktop filtertron for tv jones t-armonds in the neck position and loved it!


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    5AD33B07-5FA3-45C5-B7A4-EA24A5E1D130.jpeg I’m a fan. The neck has since been swapped to a T Armond as well.
     
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    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    Ive been dreaming of the day i can get my hands on a guitar with DeArmonds!!!
     
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    Nice! I actually really like the T-90s, did you? I just wanted something "more tele" and "less Les Paul Junior". I actually think a T-90 in the BRIDGE with a T-A in the neck would be a great combo. But the T-A bridge is no slouch!

    Well, these of course are TV Jones T-Armonds, and he has a few different sizes, so you can get your Dearmond "fix" with any guitar that accepts: soapbar P-90s, Filtertrons, or top-mount Dearmonds... it doesn't have to be an actual "Dearmond loaded guitar" to get it done!
     
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    Got T-Armonds in my Jet, and found I really needed 1meg pots to get them to sparkle nicely. Might be different with a longer scale length and tele bridge plate though.


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    Man, those sparkle Jets are something else. I could see that if you are looking for Gretsch sparkle/jangle... I'm not, I'm looking for more traditional tele sounds. So I could see the 1M pots being better for you, and the 500Ks being better for me. It all works! Man, that thing is gorgeous!

    My 500K tone pot is a no-load, so if I turn it all the way up, it's actually the same as having (2) 1M pots....

    Interestingly, my favorite Gretsch tones are from Brian Setzer... and he does not have a "traditional" "Great Gretsch Sound" like the Duane Eddys, Eddie Cochrans, and Cliff Gallups did... Setzer is decidedly more "rock" than that, he doesn't really have quite the same sparkle as the other guys who have made Gretsch famous.
     
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    yup! But I need a guitar that can either fit any of those. I currently have two 60’s vintage spec teles so no room for any T-Armonds/DeArmond pickups!!! Hehehehe
     
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