Gretsch Garage Sale

FS: Roadhouse/Supro Vista-Tone Pickup Set

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I have for sale a set of Roadhouse (Supro) Vista-Tone pickups, gold with silver pole pieces. I had them in my Franken-Tele for a few months but they were not exactly the sound I was looking for. These are humbucker sized. They are in excellent condition, with all plating intact and full-length leads. The neck measures in at 8.3K and the bridge at 9.2K resistance. Details here from the Roadhouse website:

http://www.roadhousepickups...

These are the same pickups used in the new Supro Americana re-issues:

https://suprousa.com/guitar...

They were $240USD, plus shipping for the pair when new last year. I am asking $145USD, including shipping to anywhere in Canada or the CONUS; PayPal only.

If the PM system is not working for you, I can be reached at:

cjones zero zero one at cogeco dot ca

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I love the VistaTones, the bridge sounds gnarly.

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I got em! I think. Good bloke to deal with, looking forward to getting my Link Wray on

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They are definitely yours, Vince. As discussed, I will get them to the post office tomorrow afternoon after work.

Cheers,

Chris

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Thanks Chris, great to deal with you. They’re going to a good home and I’ll try that light fading on the gold so they’ll have the old boy vibe

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Great pickups - those going in the Eastwood Link guitar Vince?

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Will probably put them in the plain Airline twin tone. I have gfs surf 90s in there at the mo so will swop them all round and put surf 90s into the Link model. Just a tinker man at heart!

How you getting on with the Supro amp Walter?

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Will probably put them in the plain Airline twin tone. I have gfs surf 90s in there at the mo so will swop them all round and put surf 90s into the Link model. Just a tinker man at heart!

How you getting on with the Supro amp Walter?

– Vince_Ray

I like it a lot! It's a different flavour than the Fenders I'm used to, but in a good way. With the stock speakers, it was way too loud, clean and bassy for me though - I've swapped in a pair of lighter eminence speakers, and now it breaks up at about the same level as my other amps, and it's not too bass-heavy for my hollowbodies any more.

Great, unique sounding breakup from that amp, and I like how it gets very compressed when you turn it up.

I also lucked out and got a great price on one of one of these used, and it's perfect for the Coronado, for a small bar, or at home.

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Interesting to hear your thoughts on this Walter. Agreed, it’s damn loud! I use a blues driver with mine to get some grit and as it cuts a bit of the bass, it’s useful.

BUT, I hadn’t thought about a speaker swop to reduce volume and increase breakup. Normally, it blows my dress up before it’ll breakup. Which speakers did you use?

So, I ended up buying the 25w Supreme with 10” speaker. Weirdly loud and big enough for drummer levels but I can get a bit of bump n grind at the right volume.

Still like the Coronado but the weight...the weight!

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Yep, the coronado is heavy, even with lighter speakers - you can use the transformers for a boat anchor.

I have an eminence Legend 1058 and a copperhead in it now. The two different ones not so much out of corksniffery - I still had those in my stash - but it does sound good. Still loud, but not nearly as crazy, a little more top, and the bottom is not as crazy huge.
I briefly tried two (even) lighter speakers out of a different amp, but it was fairly obvious they weren't going to make it through a gig with this amp.

Haven't had a chance to try the Supreme, looks very interesting. Tried the Black Magick, loved the amp, though the speaker was too much, stupid amount of bass.

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You’ve got me thinking about speakers now! Supro do seem to have got a way huge sound out of those wee amps. Guess they were testing them on scratchy telecasters playing Communication Breakdown!

Those speakers are stiff as hell when new, I think that puts folks off...it’s an unforgiving sound for a while and my initial experience was love n hate. You’re right, they have their own voice and it’s different from the usual Vox fender Marshall variations. Takes a bit of adjustment but well worth it.

Any video links to you playing it Walter?

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You’ve got me thinking about speakers now! Supro do seem to have got a way huge sound out of those wee amps. Guess they were testing them on scratchy telecasters playing Communication Breakdown!

Those speakers are stiff as hell when new, I think that puts folks off...it’s an unforgiving sound for a while and my initial experience was love n hate. You’re right, they have their own voice and it’s different from the usual Vox fender Marshall variations. Takes a bit of adjustment but well worth it.

Any video links to you playing it Walter?

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No links yet, I'll let you know if something shows up!


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