26 Proteus 2 weeks ago Somehow I completely missed that thread. Sorry to repeat. I’d take the thread down if it didn’t have posts.It’s true there’s nothing wrong with DeArmond pickups - but by no stretch of the imagination are these related (except in surface-mount footprint and top appearance) to the DeArmond 2000-series of the 50s, which Gretsch trade-named first Fidela-Tone and then Dynasonic . I vastly prefer “real” Dynasonics to the anemic impostors in the blue Guild. Cordoba should be ashamed of further muddying the already turgid waters of Dyna-looking pickup identification. Original 2000/Fidela-Tone/Dynasonic, early 21st century 2000s and 2Ks, now these new “Dynasonics” which ain’t...Enough confusion already. Apparently it’s now enough that a pickup LOOK like the original from the top, never mind its construction - or tone. (GFS Surf 90s - which are visibly much different - sound more like “real” Dynas than any of the modern 2000s / 2K / Whateversonics.)And yet Cordoba’s marketing compounds the mess by describing these as “authentic.” Do they not know better, or do they intend to deceive those who don’t? Or do they mean “authentic” as in “reissue of a 20-year-old pickup, not that antique 65-year-old pickup which first used the name”?It would be like Ford deciding to “reissue” the Thunderbird, and using the early-2000s inspired-by rather than the 50s original as a reference. Maybe Gretsch should go back to “Fidela-Tone” to differentiate the original design from the pack of anemic imitators. Other than the gorgeous blueness, I’ve realized this guitar has little to recommend it to me. I have a 17” spruce-topped ride with real Dynas. And given the finish and construction details GAD points out in the review Walter linked to, the faux pickups, and the proud premium price for a Korean build, ol’ Manhattan Blue is off my lustlist.