Modern Gretsch Guitars

Installed the new Ray Butts Full-Fidelity Filtertron last night…

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the biggest improvement on bringing string separation and clarity to the low wound E-A-D would be the Setzer Sigs.. vastly improved in my opinion at least from the perspective of the tonepost 6120 body. --Tavo

Completely agree man and this was my assessment when we talked earlier.The Setz Sigs I just put in mine put it in another realm...the neck pup is the shitz.However I'd love to hear these Butts in my post body also...maybe soon but it'll be tough to pry the Setzers out. :)

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the biggest improvement on bringing string separation and clarity to the low wound E-A-D would be the Setzer Sigs.. vastly improved in my opinion at least from the perspective of the tonepost 6120 body. I just installed the Buttz into my trestled 6120SSU-BK and I like them so much better than the Setzer Sigs that were in there. Yes I've lost the rock n rock chomp of the bridge and yes the balance of neck to bridge is back to that drop in the output on the low E and A, due in part to the strings and poles not matching up. Although there is a vintage vibe fullness to the instrument, like the body mass has been up'd in the mix and there is less of klang, twang n bang.. suave city and dare I say some chime in these for rhythm playing, as well at that early 50s bonk on the low strings is featured. I think I may go Thomastik 12g nickel flats w an unwound G..on this one. right now its 11g EHX rounds, my favorite gretsch strings overall.

I love these butts man, I really do.. honeymoon aint over yet though.

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Less klang and twang?! Darn I was hoping the new butts would bring more. I know we use strange words to describe seemingly subjective sounds but the 'klang' and 'kerrang' to me is that great gretsch sound. Is the 50’s bonk you mention a tighter low end?

Maybe Setzers are a better fit for me than the Butts. I put a Setzer bridge (which I de-waxed) in my sslvo and did feel like there was a noticeably clearer, tighter low end but I switched back to the stock Classic out of curiosity and felt like the Setz was maybe not as much of an improvement as I initially thought. If I pick the low strings really close to my Compton aluminum bridge I seem to be able to get as much tight low end as the Setzer. I guess I’ll have to swap them a few more times before I make up my mind. And I have yet to try a Setzer neck- I really love the Classic neck for it’s musical, natural compression but the low end is annoyingly woofy when digging in. Another thing I was excited about with the Butts was the PAF covers. Prior to the Butts being announced I emailed TV Jones and asked if they’d put some PAF (or even Classic) covers on a Setzer Sig pickup for me if I ordered direct and they (kindly) said they would not.

Thanks for your review Tavo! All the info and reviews you and other members share is much appreciated.


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