Vintage Gretsch Guitars

50’s DeArmond Pick Ups and 50’s Filtetron Picks On Duo Jets

1

I own a 59 Duo Jet with the original Filtertons and they are nice and clear and the middle position with both pick ups on gets that nice twangy tone. I recently tried out a 55 Duo Jet with DeArmound pick ups and it was really dark sounding and really did not have that much of the Gretsch twang sound I like from my 59. Is that normal? Since I have never played one with vintage DeArmonds I was not sure if it is or just with that particular guitar. The pick ups were pretty even sounding volume wise so not sure if there is a problem with them...Thanks!

2

That is NOT normal. Something's very wrong with one of those pictures. The Dynasonics should, dare I say it, out-twang your FilterTrons!

It's a different twang, but it should be plenty bright. Wrong strings?

3

Yeah, what Proteus said. A DeArmond Jet should out twang a Filtertron one, and sound more open and clear.

4

It's difficult to instantly compare two guitars, or different pickups. Type of strings, the setup, and (of course) any tone control issues will make a difference. A '55 Duo Jet is the definition of "twang."

5

Some would say the tone gets "snarly" with Dynas, almost too bright, as compared to the slighlty more rounded out sound Filters give you.


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