51 THE NOCTURNE BRAIN™ (actually loves hippies) 9 months ago This bit of news crossing the wires to perhaps consider. from Syncho: "When Gibson came out with their Country Gent, back in the '90s, I looked into buying one and, after playing a couple of examples, I realized that I couldn't get the sound I was looking for from it. Somewhere, in my online journeys, I recall hearing that Chet had Butts pickups, under Gibson-Bucker covers, on his Gibson Gent, although he didn't advertise the fact. I filed that factoid under "interesting" and didn't give it much thought, until today, when I chanced to see a YouTube video of Paul Yandell playing After You've Gone. The video was shot tight and it was obvious that something about his pickups was not as the factory intended. I froze the frame and, sure 'nuff, the pickups had two rows of screws, just like a Ray Butts made the first Filtertron, way back in '54. Don't get me wrong, there are some dandy sounding guitars with full sized humbuckers. My Tele is so equipped and it sounds great. For the Chet sound, however, I find that a mini humbucker, such as the Filtertron is a great asset. FWIW, the mini humbuckers on Guilds are virtually identical, in size, to Filtertrons and add a slightly different seasoning to the sound. Of the six arch tops in my collection, five have smaller humbuckers, while the sixth has a floating single coil. Anyhow, while this doesn't prove conclusively that Chet had disguised Filtertrons on his Gibson, it does lead a bit of credence to the rumor. I'm pretty certain that Yandell used pickups made by Ray Butts' own hand. All Fitlertrons are, essentially, a Ray Butts pickup and Butts personally wound all Filterons in the early years."Richard Hudson.. what do you think about all this?