TV Classic Bridge - Universal Mount

  • TV Classic - Bridge - Universal Mount

    The pickup that started it all - the TV Classic captures that vintage twang and growl characteristic of the late 1950’s Filter’Tron. Originally designed from an analyzed 1959 “Pat. Applied For” Filter’Tron, the TV Classic is our most popular and most versatile pickup. Popularized and played by many different artists ranging from John Mayer to Brian Setzer.


    Between a typical Fender (bright single-coil) & Gibson (darker & thick humbucker) with a unique growl when you dig in. Clean, compressed treble and mids breath life over a tight and controlled low-end.


    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 - 4.8k / Inductance - 1.83H

    Neck: DCR - 4.0k / Inductance - 1.4H

    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 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.

    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: The Super'tron is not offered in our Humbucker Mount. 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 115 reviews
Awesome Pickups!

These pickups sound awesome. Great fit for my LP style guitar.

Absolutely Perfect!

I ordered a pair (neck & bridge) of un-potted TV Classics to replace the budget pickups that came in my hollowbody Gretsch Streamliner. I was looking for the clearest and highest-fidelity sound I could find. I loved the sound of the Ray Butts pickups, but those didn’t come in the universal mount, so I took the website’s recommendation that un-potted classics were the next closest thing.
I have been absolutely blown away by the upgraded sound! I recorded a DI signal before and after the change for comparison, and it’s like night and day. These TV Classics are so detailed and clear that it almost sounds like a mic’d acoustic.

tv classic nickel

on a les paul custom epiphone from 1993, now a real black beauty! thank you to the tv jones team ...

TvJ - always built with care and sound amazing!

There’s a lot of new choices but I always go back to the classics !

TV Jones Classics in Gretsch 5422TG

I recently purchased one of the few G5422TG Electromatics with a natural finish & flame maple top. The guitar played great once properly set-up, but its voice just felt a bit thin compared to the better Gretschs I have played over the years. I decided to upgrade the pickups to TV Jones Classics, and it has made all the difference. These pickups are slightly warmer than the current Gretsch "Black Top” pickups with no hint of the ‘thin’ sound the stock guitar presented, while retaining all the chime I was looking for in the first place. The TV Classics were the perfect upgrade for my Gretsch.