Modern Gretsch Guitars

Thinking of Purchasing Duo Jet

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Hi All,

Thinking of buying a Duo Jet. Seller described it as 1992 but serial no on rear control cover reads 982128-1436 as per image which would make it February 1998?

What pickups were they putting in them at that stage?

Thanks

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Here's a pic of the guitar.

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This picture is from the 1990 catalogue (also found on this wonderful site), and back in 1998 Fender were not involved yet. I suspect the pickups are just regular Filter'Trons, not TV Jones or anything.

Anders

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Ceramic Filtertrons

– J(ust an old Cowboy)D

They don’t sound good to my ears.

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It's an odd duck in the lineage of Jets. Large headstock, different pups, shape... If no more than $900 USD it might be a deal, depending on how you like the feel and sound.

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They don’t sound good to my ears.

– Powertronman

Some folks love them, some don't.

To my ears, they sound harsher and brittle compared to TV Classics.

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Ok really appreciate responses thanks.

Had suspected would be ceramic pickups which are not for me. Would fancy dropping in some T-Armonds if did go ahead. Am I right in thinking that body would be less chambered / heavier than later ones?

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Yes.

(Would like drop more pronouns and articles but have no more to say. Worried being billed by word.)

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I have a Silver Jet from around that same era, or a few years before. It is considerably heavier than my FMIC-era Duo Jet because FMIC began to seriously route the bodies of the Jet models, relieving much of the weight and giving them a more resonant sound.

Whether or not you would like the ceramic Filters in the guitar is really a matter of personal preference. If you play with a lot of gain, they are certainly useful. However, if you are looking for a sound closer to the TV Classics or Dynasonics (which are a completely different sonic creature to my ears), then these aren't the pickups for you.

$900 is an okay price on one of these, but maybe only by a couple hundred dollars or so. You may consider looking for an FMIC-era Dyna Jet and see how close you can get to the price of this one and let that be something of a guiding factor.


What? Am I being charged by the vowel here? Or by the consonant?

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Some folks love them, some don't.

To my ears, they sound harsher and brittle compared to TV Classics.

– J(ust an old Cowboy)D

Exactly.

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Ceramics for sure. If it's a good deal (to you) then buy it and swap pickups to your heart's delight.

I had ceramics in my pre-FMIC guitars then switched to new-er-ish alnico Gretsch Filtertrons and almost wish I hadn't. IMO the slightly heavier body mass might need that extra push of a really hot pickup. I've never yearned to know what a TV Jones sounded like in them though, so I can't compare.


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