Brilliant pickup, Gretsch tones coming alive
I don't even know what could have been blemished about this. It's like they just decided to call some blemished for a sale. Couldn't be happier. Best of the best in tone.
Easy install in the 72 Thinline tele. Wish the mounting screws were longer. There is a fairly deep route in the telecaster and I had to use some thicker foam to bring the pickups to height. Not a big deal. Shipping all the way to Memphis TN from Bremerton WA and back to Vancouver BC is kinda ridiculous. We are a few miles north, think of the carbon footprint this purchase created.
For 12 years I've been reasonably ok with my neck Gretschbucker in neck & neck/bridge...but the bridge alone was nASTY (totally undefined and muffle-y). Worse: that bridge pup made my (3 excellent) dist & overdrive stomps want to cry. Me too.
The Classic Plus Bridge is a...revelation! Chimey and clear. Brilliant without being strident.
I got to speak with Tom when ordering, and he was helpful (and a nice guy). Thanks to everyone at TV Jones for excellent production! :D
I purchased the TV Jones Classic and Classic Plus pickups to replace the stock humbuckers in my Gretsch 5120. The whole experience with TV Jones was fantastic. Despite being in the midst of pandemic challenges my order was filled and delivered quickly. The hardware kit was accidentally missed and when I called to ask for assistance the phone was answered immediately. My hardware kit was mailed and arrived with an extra sticker sheet as a bonus. Installation went extremely smoothly with the help of provided instructions and You Tube tutorials. The end result is beyond what I expected. These pickups made my Gretsch sound like a Gretsch. This guitar now has the super clear definition and twang that I was looking for. I grabbed the blemished option for my project, but don’t let this scare you. The fact that these pickups are classified as blemished just speaks to the level of quality control at TV Jones. I honestly could not find the defect on the bridge pickup and the minor blemish on the neck would require a trained eye to notice. Great product, fantastic service! I highly recommend!