26 BuddyHollywood 11 months ago I completely disagree that hilotrons don't have a sound of their own. They're hands down my favourite Gretsch pickup and I've been using them for many years of professional and semi-professional playing. They have a beautiful top end, the bass strings sound piano-like, very chimey and sweet. Ver articulate. They can be middy if you want but lean towards scooped. They make excellent rock pickups and sound great distorted. One doesn't need high output pickups to rock, That's a common misconception inherited from the 70s and hair metal 80s. I did have a 50s single anniversary that I added another vintage dynasonic too. It was a nice guitar but I ALWAYS preferred playing my Tennessean because it sounded better and I sold the Anniversary. An old bass player said my guitar always sounded like the Elly May theme from the Beverly hillblies...which I'll admit i just listened to now. I don't think that's a hilotron equipped guitar but I could probably get very close with my Tennessean no problem (except for the #$&45 Les Paul fast bits whew!). I think you can get tonnes of great sounds out of ANY pickups. You can do tonnes with the amp itself and most importantly it's your playing. HiLotrons are the most pure sounding pickup I've ever heard. I have them in a Corvette. What I mean by "they don't really have a signature tone" is just that they amplify what frequencies the guitar is naturally delivering, which they do! This is why I love them. You confirmed this when you said they are very articulate. They are the closest approximation of a microphone in an electric guitar pickup that I know of. I'm not quite sure how you disagree with me.