1 fibes01 2 weeks ago I bought a clearance 2016 Gretsch 5435 Pro Jet in December 2018. Its a Special Edition Blonde color. Its gorgeous and I love the guitar but hate the pickups. They are way to noisy and muddy. I even dropped the pickup height. I have nice amps and cabs but can't dial in an acceptable sound. Its the blacktop filtertrons. They look like a miniature size pickup to me. My preferred tone is the Gibson into a Marshall growl type tone. I guess I would prefer anything quiet with lots of clarity that rocks. I don't solder and have never swapped a pickup myself so consider that I must pay a tech to swap it out. I dont use a neck pickup so I just need a bridge. I'm afraid a tech would charge a fortune to route a full size humbucker chamber. I would prefer going to a full size and I already have a Gibson 500T and a Gibson 496 that I am quite sure that can be used in either position so that would save me the cost of the pickup. So what should I do? Just buy another mini that is not a Gretsch pickup? Any suggestions on a brand? Or have the guitar routed? I watched a video and the routing job looked quite time consuming and took some real skill. I would accept any option that has a lot more clarity. I kind of feel that jut getting another mini would be cheaper but I don't know that for sure. There may be some routing and adapting stuff required even on a mini.