What exactly is a Filter’Tron™ pickup, you ask?
Well, a Filter’Tron™ style pickup is a humbucker with a unique design with specific characteristics. Its dual-coil pickup design cancels the hum, and with a large 1/4″ alnico magnet (twice as large as a “standard” PAF magnet) and larger pole screws, the result is a higher inductance (more power – thicker tone). The Filter’Tron’s bobbins are positioned closer together and wound with less magnet wire for less loss of high end. A TV Jones Filter’Tron™ pickup blends ALL of these traditional characteristics with select, specific top-quality USA-made components. This special recipe gives way to an un-parallelled tone, unique to TV Jones guitar pickups.
Choose from the following pickups to get more detailed information (listed brightest to darkest):
The TV Jones Magna’Tron blends DeArmond-style twang and single coil spank. This special tone is the result of staggered cylinder magnets. The tone is quite aggressive with a quick attack and with exceptional pop and clarity. With two coils there is a hint of compression on the high end and no 60-cycle hum.
The TV Classic captures the vintage twang and growl of a late 1950’s, and early 1960’s vintage Filter’Tron™. The TV Classic, our most popular humbucker pickup, is also our most versatile guitar pickup. The all-around versatility of a TV Classic makes this a great choice for rock, rockabilly, blues, country and more!
The TV Jones Brian Setzer Signature Pickup features a proprietary design, and employs special alloy pole screws that highlight the response of the magnet. This design provides more clarity while producing the punchiest low-end mid response in our Classic line.
The combination of blades and special alloy pole screws highlight the response of the magnet. In the neck, blades provide a bigger note and is well-suited for full melody lines. The player won’t lose any sensitivity bending the treble strings and will notice a fuller, bolder response that affects both sound and feel. The bass side dials in a tone reminiscent the original Filter’Tron – but with a touch more dynamic attack that is a little more focused and rounded. The bridge pickup balances well with the neck pickup. Bass notes are bold and full, with a nice compressed snappy tone on the treble side.
The TV Jones Super’Tron is a replica of the original early 1960’s prototype design. It is very similar to the TV Classic, but with steel blades instead of pole screws. The blades provide a larger magnetized surface area, producing greater inductance. The resulting tone retains the TV Classic clarity, but with a bold and full broadband punch.
Great choice if you desire a bridge pickup with more punch – slightly thicker tone. The TV Classic Plus is like a vintage Filter’Tron™ pickup but with extra attitude.
The Power’Tron was born out of our desire to create a pickup with a stronger midrange presence and higher output than our TV Classic.
The collaboration between TV Jones and Billy Gibbons resulted in the development of the Power’Tron Plus. The desire was to create a Filter’Tron-sized pickup with a stronger midrange presence and higher output, while still retaining the famous sparkle and bass-note clarity of our TV Classic!