02-28-2013 09:02 AM
This guitar looks amazing.
anyone have any experience with those pickups though? how do they compare to typical humbuckers (if we use a PAF tonality as a reference point)?
02-28-2013 10:55 AM
02-28-2013 01:14 PM
anyone play one of these before?
03-01-2013 02:27 PM
Hell they could simply be the older Filtertrons since they came with ceramic magnets. I have read a few comments about the older ceramic mag Filtertrons being hotter, pushing amps better and just being better for rock, especially alt genre's.
03-04-2013 02:25 AM
Hell they could simply be the older Filtertrons since they came with ceramic magnets.
Except that they are not older Filtertrons. It's easy to fool people with the look. Go for the sound.
I have a Tennessee Rose from the first Japanese serie (~91), it has the old ceramic pus, they are great too.
03-04-2013 10:48 AM - edited 03-04-2013 01:09 PM
I hanvt played one of the new Electromatics with the Blacktops, but the folks on the Gretsch forums are very happpy with them. Much moreso than the maligned Gretschbuckers on hte previous models.
I have a 5120 with the Gretchbuckers, and they are not that bad, just more Gibsony sounding with less twang than a Filtertron. Still more twangy than a Gibson humbucker, but they do retain some PAF character. If you like this, I suggest an unmodded 5120. A great blues guitar IMO. If and when the Blacktops become available aftermarket, I may consider a set for my 5120 as they should be a direct drop in.
The previous models of the guitar in the OP had Gretch Mini-buckers, a different deal than the big Grestchbucker in the hollow bodies. I liked them, they sounded very Fendery to me. But they also were much maligned in the Gretch community. GFS NYII or NYIIIs were a very popular relacement for the mini buckers. The new Pro Jets have the Blacktops.
Consesus is the new Blacktops do not need to be changed. Supposedly they compare very well to standard Filtertrons, just different cosmetics.
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