Modern Gretsch Guitars

Pickups recommendation for a PowerJet

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I´ve recently traded a 1974 Strat (not entirely original) for a 2008 Firebird PowerJet. No regrets, i love the Jet.

But the PowerTrons are a little hot for me, and when i say a little a mean a lot. So i´ve been thinking on a swap. BUT i have a 1973 Double Annie with TV Classic and Classic Plus, a home-made Cabronita with the HiLos taken from the Annie, an this Coronado with T-Armonds. Pretty much all the options covered.

I want to stay true to the Jet but it would be nice to have new sounds as well. Another set of T-Armonds (which i love)? MagnaTrons? Choices choices.

What do you guys think?

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May I vote for the rather new T-Armond in Filtertron housing for the neck plus a TV Classic for the bridge position? Versatile tone and best of both worlds.

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May I vote for the rather new T-Armond in Filtertron housing for the neck plus a TV Classic for the bridge position? Versatile tone and best of both worlds.

– sascha

Thanks Sascha, that´s interesting . I never thought about mixing humbuckers/single coils. In any case i would thought exactly the opposite: T-Armond bridge and Classic neck.

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I'm curious about a Powertron bridge and a Magnatron neck.

I vote for T'Armonds in a Filter mount.

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Magnatrons are great.

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Magnatrons and T-Armonds are winning

And what would you think about P90, Charlie Christian, Wide Range, etc.?

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Boring, I know - but I can't go past a pair of classics in my Jet. I have a Power Jet and found exactly the same thing. So in went the classics and they are staying. I have tried a TV Jones T90 in the bridge - very good but kinda like a Classic without the character. And I like P90s.

I have also tried T-Armonds in there. Great pickups! But still, I love the honkin' mids of the Classics. The T-Armonds just sounded like a thinner version in some ways. I can see the attraction because the bass strings are amazing, but still I like the Classics. I have even tried Magna'trons - not in the Jet, but in a 6120. Beautiful sound, but perhaps a little light in the low end for me.

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Why dont try out the new Duo Trons? The have the looks aaand the sounds Or maybe some TVJ P90s to give the jet a little twist

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Like this?? Actually this guitar now has Classics in it. But the Duotrons are great pickups - good call.

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Would that make it a duoduojet?

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Why dont try out the new Duo Trons? The have the looks aaand the sounds Or maybe some TVJ P90s to give the jet a little twist

– ChimingBell

According to TVJ site those are a bit hotter than the Classics (sort of a Supertron/Classic Plus mix). I have Classic/Classic Plus in a Gretsch (a Double Annie) and they are in the limit of "heat" i´d like. But maybe not, and/or they sound different on a solidbody. I´ll do some research.

As for T90s they are candidates, but i don´t see a set but only one. Bridge? Maybe a Cochran?

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Boring, I know - but I can't go past a pair of classics in my Jet. I have a Power Jet and found exactly the same thing. So in went the classics and they are staying. I have tried a TV Jones T90 in the bridge - very good but kinda like a Classic without the character. And I like P90s.

I have also tried T-Armonds in there. Great pickups! But still, I love the honkin' mids of the Classics. The T-Armonds just sounded like a thinner version in some ways. I can see the attraction because the bass strings are amazing, but still I like the Classics. I have even tried Magna'trons - not in the Jet, but in a 6120. Beautiful sound, but perhaps a little light in the low end for me.

– JimmyR

Not at all! If the Classics on my Double Annie weren´t english mount they´d be on the PowerJet already.

I´d really want to hear a Charlie Christian on the neck position!

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Would that make it a duoduojet?

– JimmyR

QuadraJet? TetraJet?

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Like this?? Actually this guitar now has Classics in it. But the Duotrons are great pickups - good call.

– JimmyR

Yeah, I like that very much. The matte finish on these pickups looks awesome! And for the name of the jet - Since theres a Chet - Jet why don't call it Paul (Yandell)-Jet and praise him for inventing the DuoTrons.

"The Yandell Axe"... Great

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I made up my mind. I´ll go for a T-Armond for the bridge position. And for the neck i´ll use a Vintage Vibe Charlie Christian. I have a custom VVCC that Pete Biltoft made for me, humbucker sized but with no ears, sort of a soapbar P90 mount. I planned to use it in a Tele project but i guess i could use a Wide Range there

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I made up my mind. I´ll go for a T-Armond for the bridge position. And for the neck i´ll use a Vintage Vibe Charlie Christian. I have a custom VVCC that Pete Biltoft made for me, humbucker sized but with no ears, sort of a soapbar P90 mount. I planned to use it in a Tele project but i guess i could use a Wide Range there

– cutipaste

Late to the party here but I was also going to recommend the Duotrons. I might buy a used jet just for the purpose of getting them. However, anything Charlie Christian is a darn good move. Good luck!

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Industrial velvet is the name of the duo tron finish in the picture I think

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Sorry to resurrect this thread but its necessary to tell the ending of the story. I finally put a set of Magnatrons. It turned out great, but a couple of months later i had to sell that guitar. Still missing it


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