Vince Ray's Kustom Korner

5129 with Setzer artwork

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Just received my new pick guard from Paul Setzer and it's turned out great! He's a clever chap. We've got a good list of gigs coming up, starting tomorrow with three gigs in one night for Hastings Fat Tuesday! Always a blast, I love this place.

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Plus here's the headstock, made a while ago by Paul;

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And a wider shot showing more of the junk that I've stuck on the guitar. Never grow up hey? Plus the TVJones T Armonds make this a great guitar.

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Very cool.

Pickguard looks great and I love that skull on the headstock.

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Looks great. I think that the Dearmond 2000s in my 5125 have a good distinctive sound, but have been tempted to put in TVJ TArmonds. I'm assuming you believe the change was worth it?

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Looks great. I think that the Dearmond 2000s in my 5125 have a good distinctive sound, but have been tempted to put in TVJ TArmonds. I'm assuming you believe the change was worth it?

– Baba Joe

I had the TV Jones pups for over a year before I was brave enough to make the change! Sometimes it's obvious that the guitar could be vastly improved by upgrading the pups but I didn't feel that about the Dearmonds. They were mighty fine, but I knew I'd like the TVJones and decided that this would be my main guitar and I wanted everything for it.

So I don't regard it as an 'upgrade'...just something different. I probably do miss the rapier like tone and vibe of the originals a bit. Probably the hardest thing is spending the money...it's a lot of cash to spend on an experiment!

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I had the TV Jones pups for over a year before I was brave enough to make the change! Sometimes it's obvious that the guitar could be vastly improved by upgrading the pups but I didn't feel that about the Dearmonds. They were mighty fine, but I knew I'd like the TVJones and decided that this would be my main guitar and I wanted everything for it.

So I don't regard it as an 'upgrade'...just something different. I probably do miss the rapier like tone and vibe of the originals a bit. Probably the hardest thing is spending the money...it's a lot of cash to spend on an experiment!

– Vince_Ray

My first Gretsch has DA2000's. I've tried the Dynasonics but prefer the DA's, especially in the bridge.

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Looks fabulous!

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I modded my 5129 with Gretsch Dynas, and missed the 2000s enough to go buy a 5124. Now the 5129 is gone, and I really don't miss the Dynas. Might try T-Armonds at some point, but I won't be sacrificing my 2000s to do it.

Nice guitar Vince.

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I'd do the same mate, may even hunt down another 512X and KEEP the dearmonds in place. I do have the originals in a draw somewhere so they could become part of a project, definitely worth hanging onto.

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Very cool Vince. Makes me wish I still had my 5129. Great guitars.

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I'd do the same mate, may even hunt down another 512X and KEEP the dearmonds in place. I do have the originals in a draw somewhere so they could become part of a project, definitely worth hanging onto.

– Vince_Ray

Good idea. I have a set of T Armonds from another guitar that I thought of putting in my 5125. The issue is that I don't have any complaints about the Dearmond 2000s and would not be considering it if I didn't already have the spare T Armonds. I have time to think about it and have only begun to procrastinate.

Didn't mean to derail the thread. Great job one this one.

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It seems people are more ready to replace Gretsch Dynasonics with T'Armonds than replacing Dearmond 2000's with T'Armonds. I thought Dearmond 2000's were constructed more like P90's.

From what I often read it seems people like the Dearmond 2000's better than Gretsch Dynasonics but T'Armonds are TV Jones' version of a Gretsch Dynasonic.

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first off vr..thats a rat fink of a 5129!! kool

it was the dearmond 2k's that were built like p90's..slug polepieces and magnets below bobbin...the 2000's were more old school dynasonic style..both pups were designed by (emg founder & later fender r&d) pup genius (rip) bill turner..during the fmic turn of the century dearmond guitar era...(which now seems a long way off!!..hah)

cheers

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Good idea. I have a set of T Armonds from another guitar that I thought of putting in my 5125. The issue is that I don't have any complaints about the Dearmond 2000s and would not be considering it if I didn't already have the spare T Armonds. I have time to think about it and have only begun to procrastinate.

Didn't mean to derail the thread. Great job one this one.

– Baba Joe

Exactly the same situation as I was in. I meant to record something using the 2000's and then change the pups and record the same thing with the same settings just to help make my mind up. Seemed liek a lot of bother though so I thought what the heck and swopped them anyways. I guess the conclusion is that you can always swop them back.

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I think the thing that tipped the decision for me was the fact that I play with some distortion at times and I knew the TVJones would cope with that. I like things a little on the edge with breakup and am constantly trying to avoid anything shrill or harsh on the top strings. I knew the TV's would be ok with that


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