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I have a build underway for something vaguely Gretshcy. Need pickups for it. Anyone got anything they'd be willing to let go of? Don't make me deal with international shipping...
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I have a set of Curtis Novak HiNoLo Trons if you can wait a bit (one is in storage). They’re pretty rad.

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bender wrote: Sun Aug 29, 2021 4:41 pm I have a set of Curtis Novak HiNoLo Trons if you can wait a bit (one is in storage). They’re pretty rad.
In which part of the sonic ballpark do they field?

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I’ve been looking at Filtertron pickups recently too and they are relatively cheap new, but don’t seem to be able to ship to NZ due to restrictions (I’m guessing to protect distributor)
And as far as I can tell no one stocks them in NZ?

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Aren't the TV Jones Classics a better Filtertron? Genuine question.
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Jay wrote: Sun Aug 29, 2021 5:45 pm Aren't the TV Jones Classics a better Filtertron? Genuine question.
Generally considered to be, however I quite like the standard filtertron as well. My brother has a Duo Jet he replaced the filtertron bridge pickup for a TV Jones Classic, it’s probably better on distorted tones but I preferred the original for cleaner stuff. He likes it better though, so matter of opinion I guess.

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Jay wrote: Sun Aug 29, 2021 5:45 pm Aren't the TV Jones Classics a better Filtertron? Genuine question.
I have read that. Unsurprisingly the folks over on the Gretsch forum don't entirely agree.

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I quite liked these, but I got them on sale for Christmas I think

https://www.martinasmith.com.au/collect ... ertron-set

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TV Jones Classic FTW.

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All this filtertron talk caused some late night online shopping, I just ordered a Duesenberg set of pickups from
The Joe Walsh signature guitar including a Little toaster filtertron style pickup Will report on it once it lands.
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I am a big TV Classic guy, but they are not “better” than Gretsch Filtertrons. They are a bit cleaner and a bit clearer, the Gretsch FT have more of a mid push and a bit more growl to them, I really like them both.

I may have some TV Jones Powertrons in humbucker format I could part with?
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MattAnt wrote: Mon Aug 30, 2021 7:55 am I am a big TV Classic guy, but they are not “better” than Gretsch Filtertrons. They are a bit cleaner and a bit clearer, the Gretsch FT have more of a mid push and a bit more growl to them, I really like them both.

I may have some TV Jones Powertrons in humbucker format I could part with?
I'm looking for something low output, and I think the Powertron is pretty chunky?

There's some TV Classics on Reverb for $330 shipped, but they're gold and might look a bit weird with all the other hardware being chrome.

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robthemac wrote: Mon Aug 30, 2021 9:40 am
MattAnt wrote: Mon Aug 30, 2021 7:55 am I am a big TV Classic guy, but they are not “better” than Gretsch Filtertrons. They are a bit cleaner and a bit clearer, the Gretsch FT have more of a mid push and a bit more growl to them, I really like them both.

I may have some TV Jones Powertrons in humbucker format I could part with?
I'm looking for something low output, and I think the Powertron is pretty chunky?

There's some TV Classics on Reverb for $330 shipped, but they're gold and might look a bit weird with all the other hardware being chrome.
Classics is your best bet then, powertrons are kind of like a filter with a bit of PAF thrown in. Spend the extra and get the right colour for sure.
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robthemac wrote: Sun Aug 29, 2021 5:06 pm
bender wrote: Sun Aug 29, 2021 4:41 pm I have a set of Curtis Novak HiNoLo Trons if you can wait a bit (one is in storage). They’re pretty rad.
In which part of the sonic ballpark do they field?
Low output, jangly, with a hint of a gold-foil vibe. They're the same footprint as a Filtertron, but lower profile.

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https://www.curtisnovak.com/shop/hi-tron/

These, but without the pole-pieces.

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