More spank and jangle: Super HiLoTron or Blacktop Filtron


Looking at G5420T and 2017 G5622T, can't afford anything beyond that. Which pickups have more spank and jangle, the Blacktop Filtrons or the Super HiLoTrons? I don't want a metal guitar, but, the specs on the Super HiLos seem to be more Gretsch-ish. Anyone know first hand?


Isn't there anything with non 'super' Hilotrons. They're very jangly.


A friend got a 5420T recently and the blacktops are excellent Filtertrons; haven't a/b'd them with any higher end versions, but they're worthy of the name IMHO. What type of music are you playing?


my G5422 with blacktops sounds very Gretschy to me :)

when i bought it was comparing directly with a G5622T and liked the 5422 much better. but that's just me


I play a mix of country, rockabilly, blues, and rock. No metal, I don't hate it, just can't get my hands and ears to deal with it. I just love that Gretschy sound, perfect for the obvious tunes but is also awesome for songs like Sultans of Swing.

I can't find anything less than the G5622 price with anything othe PUs, like the TVJs. I can't afford an upgrade.

I played the G5422 and G5622 side by side at GC. The results were inconclusive because the G5622 had a wiring problem, tone kept coming in an out.

Thanks for the post. I may lean towards the BT FT based on your input.


I like the 'blackface' filtertrons too I think the difference between the BFs and normal filtertrons is pretty small.


@toxophilite: They're not, for sure. The HiLotrons are much more Gretsch compared to the BTFs.


The Blacktops are very jangly. Just get them up as close to the strings as possible.


That's a good suggestion, easy to try. Thanks


I've had guitars with both. BTs are OK and can jangle just fine. But I liked the Super HiLos much better.



While they are dual coil pickups, the Super HiLos are voiced to sound like single coils. As someone very familiar with them once told me, "like single coils on steroids." So, my guess is that the Super HiLos would be the most jangly. But, I have never owned a guitar equipped with them.


I finally decided on the G5422T with BTs, only because it was the best deal I could find for a used either. Can't wait to get it all setup the way I like and test drive.

Thank you all for chiming in with your great input and thoughts. :)


I'm currently gigging with both of these guitars -- I take the Strat (with two Filtertron type pickups) plus one or other of the Gretsches. Between the 5420 and the 5622 l couldn't say which one I prefer, but the Super Hilos really can jangle through the right amp -- I'm using a '69 Traynor head through a 1x12 cab (Eminence Wizard).


What is Jangle?


It's a word that somewhat describes that Gretsch sound. I like to think of it as a clean deep treble, crisp highs with some body. Just my perspective. I'm trying to thing of a tune that best demonstrates it.

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