1 P-Finns 3 months ago Hello all - I'm a first-time poster, a bit shy about online forums, and about to ask a variation of a question asked in other threads, so I apologize in advance.I recently bought a Gretsch G5422TG special edition in the Midnight Sapphire finish. It is a beautiful instrument and I love it very much. While the stock Blacktop Filter'trons are certainly fine pickups, I'm beginning to think I want to swap them out with Gretsch HS Filter'trons. I like the darker, thicker sound of the HS Filter'trons, and I think they get me closer to a "poor man's Country Gentleman" sound.I'm looking to emulate - to the degree possible without breaking the bank - the sound of Terry Clements, Gordon Lightfoot's late and beloved lead guitarist. Clements played a '76 Country Gentleman with what - at the time - were Blacktop Filter'trons, although these older '70s pickups sound more like the modern HS Filter'trons in my opinion. (I read elsewhere on the forum that the '70s Blacktops were merely a cosmetic change in the Baldwin era, but that the overall recipe remained the same; I am assuming that's correct).Sorry this is taking so long. Let me get to the point.I have read on a few threads on this forum that the modern Blacktop Filter'trons don't neatly swap out with the HS Filter'trons due to some mounting differences. My understanding is that, while the rings are the same size, there's an issue of mounting adapters to enable proper pickup adjustment. There was also something about "English" mounts. Is that correct? Also, is this only major issue I may encounter in swapping these pickups out?My hope is to be sure that when I bring the guitar to my repair/mod shop folks for work, I also bring them all the correct components so they can just do their thing (pickup swap-outs are above my pay grade at this time).So can anyone who's done a swap in a G5422TG or who knows how it would work weigh in to help me out? I would be very grateful for your time and consideration.I also include a photo of the newest member of my guitar family - I assume many of you, like me, spend perhaps more time than is healthy looking at guitar photos on the web.