Gretsch Garage Sale

Vintage Dynasonic / DeArmond Model 2000T

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Probably 1960s, NOS when I bought it. Reads a healthy 9.9k, bridge position, excellent condition. Includes the tape stamped “2000T”. A great example, perfect for the bridge position IMHO.

$310 + shipping

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But they were only $25.50 brand new!

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But they were only $25.50 brand new!

– Billy Zoom

So using an inflation calculator based on CPI, $25.50 in 1965 dollars is $207.35 in today’s dollars. Kinda makes the new stuff look like a bargain!

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As someone who's played guitar for well over 60 years, I can assure you...this is the cheapest music gear has ever been. And Gretsch is the best it's ever been. Most modern amps suck though.

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Well said BZ! Yeah, a little more than 1965's $25.50/todays $207.35 BUT you won't find a NOS example like this that easily. There is no rust or grime, and the chrome cover is 99 percent immaculate :D

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what color is the wire from the bobbin to the hookup wire? I think this may be a bit older that what you think based on the brown goop on the backside.

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Out of interest, is there a big difference between the originals like this one, and the modern Dynasonic?

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Uncle Daddy: YES. My brother has an orig '57 Duo Jet w/ orig pups. I have a Reissue 6128T-57 from the early 2000s. As soon as you hear his you are transported to George Harrison's tasty fills on "Bad Boy" (Now Junior, behave yourself). It's actually shocking. I think Dynasonics may be the best pups ever made. Whatever mojo the early ones have I don't know -- but they're legendary. (no affiliation with seller)

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This pickup is definitely a cut above the modern Dyna. The T-A comes close, but the T-A is too middy for my tastes, a little too 'refined'. If I go on about how much I love this pickup, guys, it won't be for sale any longer....

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Now THAT'S a pickup! All that business about the creator resting on the 7th day....nope; he was busy designing this pickup.

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Here’s the pickup with intact stamped tape, FWIW.

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1950s. Maybe late 50s with the thicker white wire. The gooped back and white wire was used prior to the 60s. I think the used green wire around 1960-ish. No hard dates, but that has been my data point on these

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They were all gooped. The color of the goop changed.

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Good catch Billy. The orange-brown goop was 50s as is the white wire. They switched to a black goop and Green wire around 1960. They also used a red wire on the Martin version.

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Ah good to know, 1950s is more consistent with the last owner's thoughts about it. So when did the "T" and "B" designations kick in? I thought that happened by the late 1950s, and prior to that the pickups were only issued in one height.

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Sometime around 58 I think as Gretsch had moved away from them by late 57 or early 58 and both pickups were still the same height at that time.


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