Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity Filter’Tron - Bridge - Pro Gretsch Mount
Some parts of history are so legendary that they never die. The original Filter’Tron, invented by Ray Butts and originally called the “Ful-Fidelity” in his technical journals is one of those things. These pickups are made according to Ray’s personal notes, designs and Jones’ extensive, multi-decade analysis of original Filter’Tron pickups. Butts was awarded one of the first patents for a hum-canceling guitar pickup (No. 2,892,371, June 30, 1959.)
“This is the real deal...each offering includes all of the original design's bells and whistles...the vintage pole spacing, covers, original zinc-coated backplate used by Gretsch at that time and more. In Ray’s era, factory made guitar pickups were not wax saturated as they are now. These pickups will not be saturated in order to remain absolutely historically correct,” said Jones. “I notice a more three-dimensional, open-air quality to the tone of a pickup that is not saturated in wax. Microphonic feedback is not a big issue with this design. To be clear though - I do find waxing necessary for higher-gain, ‘squeal-less’ applications.”
Blank Cover - Late 1957-1958
PAT. APPLIED FOR - 1959 - Early 1960
U.S. PAT 2892371 - 1960 and onward
Tighter bass response and slightly more top end EQ than a TV Classic. Truly unique sparkle and dynamics provided by the lower output and absence of wax. If you want the that unmistakable Great Gretsch Sound then these pickups are the way to go.
The Pro Gretsch Mount is a direct drop-in replacement for original sized Filter'Trons - with the vintage “tabs”. This pickup comes with two pieces of compression rubber and 2 mounting (wood) screws. 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 - 4.2k
Neck: DCR - 3.8k
"We offer a lower 3.8K ohm version for the neck position, and a 4.2K ohm version for the bridge position. I have worked on many late ‘50’s Gretsch guitars with these ohm reading variations...most vintage Filter'trons float somewhere around 4.0k" - TV Jones.
This pickup is shipped with vintage spec 2-conductor wire.
Gretsch Electromatics and Streamliners: Out of respect to Ray Butts family and authentic design, we only offer this pickup in the Pro Gretsch Mount - the way it was originally made. This pickup does not fit in Electromatics, Streamliners, or any other guitars that suspend mount pickups. If there is a will there is a way, but it would take considerable modification to the instrument and pickup to do so.
Filter'tron Replacement: The Pro Gretsch Mount is a direct drop in replacement for Vintage Filter'Trons, HS Filter’Trons, and will fit in almost any Professional Gretsch guitar that is made for Filter’Trons.
Humbucker Replacement: The Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity can not replace PAF style humbuckers because of the shape and mounting style. If you are looking for a close alternative then undipped TV Classics (meaning no wax) would be the closest thing in our line.
These pick ups do what they say they’re going to do and take you back to the late 50s. Super happy with them! Also the guys in the shop were kind enough to fill a special request I made. Great pick ups and great service!
Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity Filter'Tron Bridge
Both neck and bridge Ray Butts pickups were installed in a Fender Eric Johnson strat. The middle is a Lollar Tweed strat model. The balance and tone are remarkable. Everything I have read and heard about your products is definitely true. Talking to Sean when placing both orders was very helpful. Thanx again.
Installed a set on a MIJ 6120-1959 mostly played clean on neck and middle, fingerstyle. Mounted directly to wood with maple spacers for desired height. Poles came adjusted flat, I have adjusted them closer to TV Classics, but still tinkering. Very even and open sound with a lovely musical note "pop" controlled by pick attack and muting, the neck especially so. I am no expert but I believe having them rigid mounted to the wood (and no potting) lets them react to the vibration of the body and really brings out the "hollow" in hollow body. When picked hard there is that very uniquely filtertron grit. Very pleased, Thanks!
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