1 Kovachik 2 months ago Anyone out there have any advice for taming a harshly bright Gretsch Duo Jet's 1st (E) string?The guitar has TV Jones Powertron pickups and I run it thru a Mesa Mark V 25 on the clean channel, with the 5 band EQ off. I've already tried turning down the treble and presence on the amp, but no luck.I've also tried lowering both pickup's pole pieces for this string as far down as they will go, plus I even lowered the pickups on that side somewhat, but whenever I hit that string it just seems to really jump out and bite compared to the others, which seem fine and balanced by comparison. The worst of it happens when played open and the first few frets or so.I am using GHS Boomers .010. Again, all the other strings sound bright and lively but not excessively harsh. Would a simple string change to a a "darker" toned set help, and if so, what do you recommend? Or do you think there is possibly something wrong with the pickups?Thanks to all who respond.