Stat pickups? Jazzmaster pickups??


I've l aways love the jangly acoustic sound of a strat. I mean clean, not being SRV or Jimmy Hendrix, but perfectly clean. My friend had an older Jazzmaster that he used to get some lovely recorded sounds out of . Clean as well. However I've always been an archtop guy as they look and feel like a guitar to me. I've always imagined an archtop with strat or jazzmaster pickups. I guess that's why I like hilotrons and to some extant DeArmands too.

I was going to put a set of one or the other on my Yamaha AE1200S which has humbucker routs already. i can make any sort of adapters necessary and there is a lot of room under teh strings as the bridge is about 1 inch high.

Anybody done anything like this?

I'd also be interested on comparisons between jazz master and strat pickups sonically (I know how they're constructed differently)

Also can you adjust the pole pieces of Jazzmaster pickups?? (specifically the new fender pure vintage 65 ones) by pushing them in and out. I know you can do this with start pickups that have the poles/magnets each in their own little sheath but not ones that have the actual windings touching the poles.


Chris Novak is another option. He will make u anything


Whoa! florentine cutaway Gretsch!! is that allowed?? How did you like the results?


Whoa! florentine cutaway Gretsch!! is that allowed?? How did you like the results?

– Toxophilite




– Frank_NH

I guess it is allowed though I was really asking about the pickup results. The florentine cutaway looks like a Grebson


The 6120N. Early '90's IIRC. I liked the idea but the cutaway still is a surprise to the eye. Thinner too.


I realized I'm a single coil guy and wanted to give it a try. It worked well, but not exactly what I was looking for. The pickups were mounted to the body so there was no height adjustment; I had to contour the pickup covers by hand to get the height right. I ended up replacing those pickups with T-Armonds and like the result a lot better. Since then I've bought a Jazzmaster and that is the correct guitar for Jazzmaster pickups. The 6120N is 1.75" thick with a center block.


Cool that you did that. But no height adjustment? Wouldn't one just shim them if needed, like putting on an surfacemount pickups, like DeArmond Dynasonics, or HIlotrons?

How did they compare with the T-armonds? There are some similarities construction wise. Wide flatter coil, magnet polepieces.


You should try this, Toxo, but I have my doubts as to your ultimate satisfaction with the results.

One of my first archtops was a 60s Vox with what looked like a single-coil Melody Maker pickup at the neck, and might have been jangly - if you could get it loud enough without feedback to hear it. VERY anemic, thin, dry...can I think of more words? It sounded like the idea of a guitar distantly recorded with a crystal mic.

Of course that wasn't a Strat or JM pickup, which might be somewhat better. But every time I've heard a skinny single-coil in a full hollow archtop, for some reason it just didn't do.

You have a chance to try it without mod or damage to a guitar, and you should. You could prove conventional wisdom wrong.


This guitar sounds great! Skinny low output single coils in a large archtop. Gretsch has been doing it for years in Anniversaries and San Salvadors too I believe. Jazz master pickups aren't exactly skinny. they're akin to a P90 in bobbin shape but of course the P-90s has steel poles and magnets underneath the bobbin. P-90s are another single coil used a lot on older archtops. And of course Darmonds and Gibsons Staple pickups and charlie christian pickups. Strat pickups and Jazz master pickups aren't that weak.


I wanted to be able to return the guitar to stock without visible holes or routing, so the JM pickups were mounted directly to the top, and not recessed like on a Fender. I made sure the screw holes would be under stock pickup rings in case I wanted to return to Filters. Due to the neck angle on a Gretsch I had to take a lot off the bottom of the neck pickup cover to allow it to fit under the strings. This was about 5 years ago, so I don't remember about the sound.


Oh heck the sound is what I was curious about, I did play a jazzmaster at the local L&M the other day and for fun was comparing it to the electro 2 . Some similarities. A previous day I was comparing a strat to my convertible with hilotrons annd teh electro 2. Both of which sounded Waaaay more midrangey than the strat. It's hard to compare though because all the fender guitars seem to come with 9s on them and they sound as thin as they are. I'm using 12s with a wound G on my guitars.


This may be just what you want. I think Lindy Fralin would make something very similar.


– Don Birchett

I have owned a couple of vintage vibe pick ups Over the years. In my experience although great pick ups, jangly they are not

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