1 Hotrod Tangerine 99 1 year ago Thanks to all who post here and share your knowledge and experience. I've lurked a while, and recently acquired a Gretch which I'd been itching to for a while. Tele, Strat, PRS, 335 player. I play in a few bands and duo; I prefer things on the vintage side of the ledger, excepting my 'modern' PRS Custom 24 and Mesa Express and Transatlantic. Built a few 5E3s, owned Silverface Fenders (Princeton Reverb, Vibrolux Reverb, Pro Reverb, Vibrochamp) and currenty own a Clapton Champ. I picked up a '99 Setzer Hotrod in tangerine - bit cheap for here in Oz (where everything is dear) due to having player wear and a cosmetic fault on the lower bout. Largely, I love it - I played a few Electomatics and Pro FMIC era guits. This was the most 'lively' and although it needs some TLC on frets, some moderate tweaking has made it playable and giggable. I followed the threads on Alnico vs ceramic, HS Filters vs TV Jones etc with interest. I really love the aged patina on my guitar, where the chrome and nickel has worn and aged. I liked the stock ceramic pickups, a little sterile and brittle perhaps but definitely the Gretsch vibe and nicely-balanced. Very easy to get a controllable howl going with my amps in 'Blackface' mode, and I can hear George, a bit of Chet and even some Brian - not that my playing is up to it.Was considering buying Gretsch pickups but then I saw where someone checked out magnet swaps. Stewmac has 6 buck magnets, I ordered two each A5 and two A2 based on the advice here and elsewhere. While waiting I did some tweaking - the guitar had never had a setup, nut slots tight and too high, loose tuners, floating bridge. I drilled and screwed the bridge using 4mm grubscrews. It's not a vintage instrument, has not much intrinsic value and I need it to play in tune up the neck with Bigsby use (keyboard in one band). It now does, and intonates. Lubed everything with chapstick Yes, I have a roller tunomatic style bridge. I can't say if my guit has accurate tone to a 'real' vintage one - but it floats my boat! Swapping the magnets wasn't as straightforward as it could be - the old ceramics were about 4-5mm shorter, and the new magnets encroached on the mounting screw holes. Sitting outside with a carbonundum block for a few hours I notched the end of the magnets to just let the screw slide past.It turned out mine had the correct Switchcraft toggle and jack, but a mini 500K pot. I swapped that out for a CTS 500K solid shaft with a .001uf Orange drop treble bleed cap. So far, I've only run it low volume through the Champ - but I have to say I can already hear the warm tones - the neck is clear and articulate and the bridge warm and bitey and smooth. Both pickups measured about 3900kohm. The neck pickup did have the mounting ears. Both magnets were oriented the same way and I took pains to make sure the new pairs were - because the Stewmac magnets are half the height, I used two in each.