He continued to hone his craft into the late 80s/early 90s learning professionally at The World of Strings in Long Beach. It was around this time period that he would become known as a go-to tech for many players in the area and around the world.
In 1998, Setzer chose Tom’s Hot Rod pickup design in a blind test of many different pickups for the new Gretsch Hot Rod guitar line. That moment launched TV Jones, Inc. into a lively relationship with Fender and Gretsch Guitars. Several months later, Tom became an independent consultant for the Gretsch Guitar Company designing pickups, guitars and more.
While working with Gretsch, Tom continued to make and design guitars and his interest in guitar pickups grew. He became obsessed with finding the perfect tone and creating the best personality possible for each guitar he designed.
TV Jones Inc. continues to be a recognized leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative, high quality guitar pickups. We live by our original mission: To provide each customer with the finest guitars and pickups possible.