Modern Gretsch Guitars

6228FM Classics Conversion

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I converted my new 6228 FM to TV Jones Classics this morning. Here are the original larger humbuckers.

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Here you can see the bezel is thinner to accommodate the larger size of the Broad-Tron pickups.

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Here it is strung up with the new pickups. Plays great, less filling! I got PAF covers so I can imagine what could have been if Gretsch had produced the Filtertrons earlier, kept the script logo a little longer, and used a TOM bridge with a flame maple top. I even considered having a guitar just like this made with a larger body size and calling it a “Jumbo” Jet!

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My whole rig is calibrated to TV Jones Classics and T-Armonds. I converted my Broadkaster to Classics too. The only exception is my Black Falcon Players Edition which has a classic in the neck and a Classic plus in the bridge per Tom’s suggestion. They all sound A little different, but great. The body construction really makes a difference. The Falcon definitely has a bigger bolder tone. You can hear the big body for sure! I tend to favor the bridge pickup, with occasional middle position use.

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Here it is strung up with the new pickups. Plays great, less filling! I got PAF covers so I can imagine what could have been if Gretsch had produced the Filtertrons earlier, kept the script logo a little longer, and used a TOM bridge with a flame maple top. I even considered having a guitar just like this made with a larger body size and calling it a “Jumbo” Jet!

– Powertronman

I had the same idea about a larger Jet and calling it a Jumbo. I think a 16" body would be fun. With the arrow knobs and the other touches, your Jet does look like an alternate history Duo Jet.

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That's a beautiful guitar!

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That is one gorgeous guitar!!

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I concur! That is a very sweet looking guitar!

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Here it is strung up with the new pickups. Plays great, less filling! I got PAF covers so I can imagine what could have been if Gretsch had produced the Filtertrons earlier, kept the script logo a little longer, and used a TOM bridge with a flame maple top. I even considered having a guitar just like this made with a larger body size and calling it a “Jumbo” Jet!

– Powertronman

This has the thinner body when they weren’t quite period correct. It looks the same from the cavity as my ‘57 vintage spec Dou-Jet, but it is slightly heavier so it seems it may have more wood in there.

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The conversion looks great. I actually didn’t realize the pickups rings were the same size. That’s good to know.

I’m not sure what your plan is with the old BT65A’s so I sent you a private message.


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