The Brian Setzer Signature pickup is derived from Brian’s longtime preference for our TV Classic but is a bit more over-the-top than our other Filter’tron creations. It features a proprietary design which employs special-alloy pole screws (with more steel) and mix-matched coils which highlight the response of the magnet. This combination of small tweaks provides a perfect sonic match to the man’s persona and musicianship.
Utilizing unique coils and pole pieces, this design provides more clarity while producing some of the punchiest low-mid response in our line. The classic Setzer sound is slightly overdriven yet clear, with a defined and tight/punchy low end. With slightly higher output than a TV Classic, the Setzer Signature punches through a mix with ease and dexterity.
The Universal Mount is a direct drop-in replacement for standard sized Filter'trons - with and without "ears" or “clips”. This pickup comes with two pieces of compression rubber, 2 mounting (wood) screws, and the Universal Mount Clip Pack which includes everything you will need to mount the pickups to your ring or pickguard. Please refer to the Tech Specs tab to learn more.
DC Resistance is not entirely an indicator of true pickup output, although it can be helpful.
Bridge: DCR - 6.3k / Inductance - 2.35H
Neck: DCR - 4.5k / Inductance - 1.7H
This pickup is shipped with 4-conductor wire but is ready for standard 2-conductor connection. The extra red and green wires come soldered together and taped off - to split coils, send these to ground.
Splitting coils is generally not recommended for this pickup due to low coil output but some say it works well to their taste. 4-Conductor wire is also convenient for custom switching i.e. pickups combined in series or parallel.
Filter'tron Replacement: The Universal Mount is a direct drop in replacement for Vintage Filter'trons, HS Filter'trons, Fideli'trons, Mega'trons, Full’trons and any other standard sized 'Trons (including our old No Ears & English Mount). Blacktop Filter'trons require one Dual Screw Mount Adapter per pickup in order to attach to their stock rings. When replacing Broad'trons and Gretsch-Buckers, you will need a new EM2 Ring.
Post-2012 Electromatics: One Dual Screw Mount Adapter per pickup will be necessary to mount our Universal Mount pickups to your stock ring.
Streamliners: These guitars are made with "Gibson-style" rings instead of standard Gretsch rings. You will want to choose either our EM1 or EM2 Ring to replace these when installing a Universal Mount Pickup (this depends on which style you prefer). If you choose the EM2 Gretsch Style Ring you will also want a pack of Ring Risers.
Gretsch 5120/5122: New Rings and Ring Risers are necessary for this guitar due to it's high neck angle. You can find those in our Products section.
Pre-2012 Pro Jets: These will require some specific modification in order to install Universal Mount pickups. You can refer to our Pro Jet Resource Page which is in the Resources section.
I had the pickup installed and have been playing it since last Thursday. The clarity and definition of notes is like no other pickups I’ve owned, overdrive reveals rich musical harmonics. First position chords are clear and true. These are the best!
Also replaced the neck PU with the Brian Setzer. They sound great, definitely get the installation kit, worth the few bucks. Staff was very helpful with making sure I got what I needed. Very happy with this purchase.
Sweet-n-Spicy, Makes your Blues or 'Billy sounds that much better...
If you like some honey with your hot mustard, then these pick-ups are your thing, baby! Play with soft attack and hear these things kick-out a butter-smooth, sweet full tone. Kick it up a notch and attack the strings with purpose and the pick-ups respond with a subtle gritty output that is tasty as honey-and-hot-mustard! These pickups will definitely upgrade your blues or 'billy sound and well-worth the investment over stock 'buckers.
Second set of Setzer pickups for me - first went on a Chinese Gretsch, these will go on an Epiphone Johnny A. Articulate, powerful, great balance, deep low end, crystal clear high end but lots of body. Inspiring tone!