The most popular Gretsch modification that we get daily phone calls about is upgrading the 5120 Electromatic from the stock Gretsch humbuckers to TV Jones TV Classic Pickups. Our English Mount (EM2) configuration was created to make the switch easy. We’ll answer a lot of questions here and you can see lot’s of cool before and after photos posted by our loyal TV Jones Forumers. If you aren’t sure what parts and pickups you need, we’ve tried to make it easy by offering a EM2 ring kit on each of the pickup pages in our shopping cart. You would basically choose a TV Classic (or other pickup of your choice) in the position you desire, the plating you need and the EM2 ring kit of your choice. The ring kit comes standard with the amount of ring risers you need and mounting screws for the ring. (We recommend two for underneath the bridge pickup and one for underneath the neck pickup due to the high neck angle of this guitar). A new wiring harness is not totally necessary, but if you want 10% better fidelity you can go with our all-American-made tone pot harness which uses high-quality CTS pots and a Switchcraft switch. Here’s a Quicklink to the Tone Pot Harness page. And If you would like to HEAR the difference between stock 5120 Humbuckers and TV Classics CLICK HERE for the sound comparison module.
Below is a two-part video tutorial on how to swap out your stock Gretsch 5120 humbuckers with TV Classic filtertron pickups. Here’s how to really get That Great Gretsch Sound in your 5120/5122.
Now for some cool photos from the Gretsch 5120 / TV Jones club! First off here’s a really nice example from “Jimmy H”.
Jimmy says: “Here are some pictures of my Gretsch Electromatic 5120. I’ve tried to make it sound like Chet Atkins. He had the same pickup configuration in his Country Gentleman guitar.”
“Now the guitar is totally different. You really have something to look forward to if you’re about to put TV Jones pickups in it.”
TV Jones Supertron neck and a Classic for the bridge. I put in a new wiring harness, knobs, switch/tip, strapholders, Chet-Bigsby, Sperzel locking tuners and a Nashville signpost pick guard.
Larry Guzik’s Beautiful 5120: