1 JimmyR 1 month ago Actually I am a bit of a T-Armond fan myself. But this guitar is now a keeper, and it's the TV Jones Filter'tron Classic Plus in a Dearmond mount in the bridge position which has made it so. This is one guitar which belies the theory that Proline Gretsch guitars are generally well set up from the factory. I bought this guitar online, and I can honestly say that if I had played it in a shop first I would not have bought it. It played ok at first but sounded absolutely terrible. And even after installing new strings, properly wound onto tuners and stretched it would not stay in tune. Fortunately I have a set of nut files which i have taught myself how to use over the years and after a few days of tweaking the truss rod, deepening nut slots, gently opening them up for the strings to slide through, raising the bridge significantly (although nobody except me would notice that) etc it now pays even better and stays in tune. Plus it sounds a helluva lot better, even before the pickup swap.It's a very interesting guitar because I'm comparing it to my amazing '59 VS Jet, which has become my favourite. They are surprisingly different sounding guitars. Both have good necks, with the '59 being more V'd and a lot slimmer. I love the shape of the '53's neck - similar to my '59 RI Les Paul neck. I'm getting used to the tiny frets too.The '53 is a lot lighter in weight. This lends an almost boomy girth to the sound which is a bit of a surprise - the neck pickup is less defined than the Dearmond in a Round Up I had was. Even boomier than a T-Armond in my SSLVO neck position. But I like it so for now it stays.The bridge pickup was just too thin for me. I tried all sorts of things but really wanted the sound of a Filter'tron there, so in the Classic Plus went. It sounds great! And it sounds markedly different from the '59 VS which has Filter'tron Classics as stock. Being a Plus it has a bit more output but it still sounds brighter than the '59, and I would guess that's because it's a lot closer to the bridge than on the '59. So the bridge pickup on the '59 has that fat, snarly nasal tone that I love while the bridge pickup on the '53 has a bit more aggression but is brighter and bitier. The aluminium bridge probably contributes to that too. It has more twang. And the in-between sound is gorgeous - so sweet and a killer rockabilly tone.As I always seem to use a tiny bit of dirt in my sound I guess the Filter'tron is more my thing. I haven't duplicated my '59 Jet by doing this. They really do sound very different and I like both. Whom knows? I may end up with a Power'tron in the neck position one day. We are so lucky to have TV Jones to help us try these things.