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    At the risk of sounding sacreligious, I'm entertaining the idea of converting my Filteron Gretsch to a humbucker. However, is this even possible? How would one go about this?

  • #2
    Blasphemy!!!

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    • #3
      I believe it will require removing some wood from the body of the guitar. If I'm not mistaken, Filtertron pickups are slightly smaller than normal humbuckers.
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      • #4
        just buy a 5120. they come with hums so you can retro fit any after-market humbucker you like.
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        • #5
          If that's the case, I don't think I have the heart (or lack of) to cut into the wood, plus I don't know anyone that I'd trust to do it.

          Are you sure Vanderwaal, this looks like the same size as the Filterons:

          http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gretsch-Guitars-G5120-Electromatic-Hollow-Body-with-DualCoil-Pickups?sku=513282

          The reasoning behind all this; I now have a 335 clone that I love. But the neck and fretboard of the Gretsch is the best quality, best feeling I've ever touched. So I was hoping of having the best of both worlds, as I love the sound of PAF humbuckers in a semi-hollow.

          I'm not diggin the jangly highs that the existing pickups have--which is what Gretsch is known for.

          Anyone try the Powertrons by TV Jones, on the site it says they sound closer to a PAF, I'm not sure if that means it has less jangle. The sound samples sound ok.

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          • #6
            At the risk of sounding sacreligious, I'm entertaining the idea of converting my Filteron Gretsch to a humbucker. However, is this even possible? How would one go about this?


            stop talkin stupid
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            • #7
              Are you sure Vanderwaal, this looks like the same size as the Filterons:

              http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gretsch-Guitars-G5120-Electromatic-Hollow-Body-with-DualCoil-Pickups?sku=513282


              they look like filtertrons but they're really standard size humbuckers dressed up like filters.

              if you bought and modded the 5120 then you'd have gretsch x2. wouldn't that be nice?
              Talking about music is like whistling about chickens. - Adrian Belew

              Carltone Cigar Box Guitars
              Billy's Ego

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              • #8
                get a 5120 fo sho!
                Dont mod an nice Gretsch, mod one thats new and readily available cheaply. As you can see, the 6120 pick guard on my 5120 fits, but, notice the pup cut out. Thats the size difference of the Gretschbuckers to the Filtertrons.


                Now,
                if your not looking to spend the cash for a used 5120 off ebay or craiglist, might I mention the 335 clone made by S101. Its built like a tank, great fit and finish, the neck is perfect (for me) and its my main player. Its so nice in fact I went and got a Dot Studio to mod when the S101 was intended to be a heavily mod'ed guitar.
                Gretsch G5120 modified
                Epiphone EA-250 modified
                Epiphone EA-260 bass
                S101 335 copy
                Hondo bass modified
                Gretsch Synchromatic
                Epiphone Dot Studio
                Stagg Tele modified
                Montana Acoustic
                Gretsch Pro Jet
                Epiphone Casino
                Crafter Acoustic
                Fender P/J Special Bass

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                • #9
                  Cool if the new double-cut 5122 is the same way I'll have to add that to the wishlist...along with the acoustic I'm saving for...and the LP...

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                  • #10
                    Seriously... why would you pay for such an expensive Gretsch only to remove what makes it a Gretsch?
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                    • #11
                      If that's the case, I don't think I have the heart (or lack of) to cut into the wood, plus I don't know anyone that I'd trust to do it.

                      Are you sure Vanderwaal, this looks like the same size as the Filterons:

                      http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gretsch-Guitars-G5120-Electromatic-Hollow-Body-with-DualCoil-Pickups?sku=513282

                      The reasoning behind all this; I now have a 335 clone that I love. But the neck and fretboard of the Gretsch is the best quality, best feeling I've ever touched. So I was hoping of having the best of both worlds, as I love the sound of PAF humbuckers in a semi-hollow.

                      I'm not diggin the jangly highs that the existing pickups have--which is what Gretsch is known for.

                      Anyone try the Powertrons by TV Jones, on the site it says they sound closer to a PAF, I'm not sure if that means it has less jangle. The sound samples sound ok.



                      TV Jones could be a great solution for you without losing the Gretschiness of your Gretsch - his stuff ain't cheap, but it's top notch - I don't know if he is as accessible as he was several years ago, but it might be worth sending an email to him and tell him what you're looking for, if it's PAF or a distortion type pup or whatever



                      an electromatic hollowbody with EMGs on the other hand, could be a badass machine
                      Hey, Cancer! **************** You!

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for posting the photo Rob, it's beautiful, and illustrates your point.

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                        • #13
                          here is the same guitar from the top.



                          The color is off due to lighting but you get a more strait on look at the pick guard and pup size differences. Ive got a solid lead on some gold Gretschbuckers When those are here, my project is complete.
                          Gretsch G5120 modified
                          Epiphone EA-250 modified
                          Epiphone EA-260 bass
                          S101 335 copy
                          Hondo bass modified
                          Gretsch Synchromatic
                          Epiphone Dot Studio
                          Stagg Tele modified
                          Montana Acoustic
                          Gretsch Pro Jet
                          Epiphone Casino
                          Crafter Acoustic
                          Fender P/J Special Bass

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