1 Toxophilite 2 years ago Well , this might not be too popular but I'm pretty convinced (through long years of experience) that Hilotrons are one of the prettiest Gretsch pickups for clean sounds, and they sound great distorted through pedals too. Nice big bass and the prettiest top end I've heard of any pickup. Most of my experience is with the old ones but I did have to rewind a couple of defunct old ones and they sound great too. I've tried, Dearmonds (vintage dynas, new dynasonics , mustache gold tops) filtertrons (And I wound my own using a kit and the proper gauge wire, sounded like a filtertron and really nice but still not as pretty.) Standard humbuckers which I'm usually not too keen on but other people do nice things with them. Teles and strats usually sound beautiful but I can't get used to solid body guitars. I play professionally part time these days, mostly my own stuff and find a good clean sound is a good platform for a variety of styles. Interestingly I remember when I acquired my first Gretsch 25 years ago now, hilotrons were scorned. I never understood because I thought they sounded lovely and people told me all the time how nice my guitar sounded (Tennessean) Any other fans out there?