Power'Tron Neck Universal Mount

  • Power'tron - NECK - Universal Mount

    The Power’Tron was born out of our desire to create a pickup that has the character of a PAF-style humbucker yet retains the essence of a Filter’Tron. It sounds a little bit darker and somewhat gnarlier, with more windings — as much as a PAF humbucker — for hotter output.


    Mixing the vintage tone of a golden-age PAF with the rockabilly twang of a late-'50s Filter'Tron. Full body and a clear top end that is naturally dynamic. Digging in reveals a chunky low-end breakup paired with a barky top-end grit that sounds amazing through a tube amp. This is a great choice if you like the overall Filter’Tron sound but want more guts and glory than usually provided by lower output pickups.


    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.

  • Output/Power

    DC Resistance is not entirely an indicator of true pickup output, although it can be helpful.

    Bridge: DCR - 7.8k / Inductance - 4.75H

    Neck: DCR - 5.0k / Inductance - 2.24H

    Wiring Notes

    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 works well with the Power’tron because of its naturally higher output. 4-Conductor wire is also convenient for custom switching i.e. pickups combined in series or parallel.

    Helpful Notes

    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.

    Humbucker Replacement: To replace standard Humbuckers, pair this Universal Mount with one of our EM1 (Gibson-style), EM2 (Gretsch), or EM4 (Fender-style) rings.




Customer Reviews

Based on 18 reviews
Great Pickups!

I love the pickups and they built them and got them to me quickly. I also ordered gold pickup surrounds, but they sent me stainless screws with them rather than gold screws. I wrote customer service to see if I could exchange them and got no answer? That's my only complaint. I've used several TV Jones Powertrons and love them.

Poor assembly

I ordered Power Tron Neck and bridge Pups. The Neck was fine but the bridge casing wasn't installed very well. Replacing Filtrons and had to rout out my DuoJet just to get it to fit. Not only was the bottom casing not tight enough, it was out of alignment so the pole screws cannot be adjusted down through. I could take it apart myself unsolder and resolder correctly but I just took it out. It's sitting in a box on my bench. Maybe someday I'll fix it, but really shouldn't have to. TV Jones are off the list. 2 stars because Neck seems OK.

I am sorry for the trouble you encountered while installing your new Power'Tron pickups. This is supposed to be a fun experience. After inspecting your pictures, I hope I was clear when I explained that the Power'Tron bridge pickup was built properly. This pickup has taller wire bobbins and a 1/4' magnet – that is why the backplate does not mount down inside of the pickup cover – the short pole screws do not protrude beyond the backplate. Don't forget to check for glued wooden shims in the bottom of your pickup cavities. It is best to use compression rubber under the pickups for fine adjustment. Gretsch unsuccessfully hard-mounted Filter'trons for a short while in the mid-2000s. Sadly, a handful of guitars from this era also have very shallow pickup cavities. Chiseling or routing is generally necessary. Let me know if you would like to exchange for a shorter TV Classic Plus bridge pickup. I could fit the assembly into a shorter neck pickup cover. Tom
Great change of tone!

This and the TV Jones Power'Tron Plus bridge position pickups are and excellent pickup for deeper, meaner, more aggressive and call it "wooly" or "muddy" tone, breaking away somewhat from the traditional "That Great Gretsch Twang (Sound)" typically associated with Filter'Trons of all types. I purchased the Power'Tron and Power'Tron Plus pickups to aide with my hollow body Gretsch's transformation to a meaner, "muddier," more powerful sound to play punk rock power chords and rapid riffs heavy on the saturation in the amp's and petal's overdrive!

Incredible pickup

I purchased Power'Tron and Power'Tron Plus set for my Gibson Les Paul Custom Natural 1977. I'm so glad that I put them in, some of the best pickups I've ever tried in my life. Lots of clarity and powerful at the same time. They sound even better in person than the demos. No wonder Billy Gibsons have them in his guitars. They put the original T-Top pickups to shame. Power'Tron has a wonderful clean sound, it's just beautiful. 100% recommended.

Exactly as Described

Installed a Neck and Bridge set. Simply awesome pickups with beautiful Clarity and Chime. My personal choice, for install after purchase, was to also toggle each PUP separately to function in either series or parallel mode on my guitar. The results... Perfection. As far as I'm concerned, personal choice aside, it doesn't get any better. Thank you, everyone.