Frequently Asked Questions
Why TV Jones?
Our pickups are proudly hand-crafted in the USA with our own parts (including our own tooling) and with unique magnets and pole screws. As a guitarist / musician you will find our pickups to have clear yet controlled highs with a lot of dynamics. There is a nice clarity combined with a saturated growl when you dig in with your pick. We always strive to make musical pickups as opposed to strictly period correct pickups (except for the Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity of course).
MAGNETS: We have analyzed the late ‘50s AlNiCo Filter'Tron magnets and reproduced them especially for use in our pickups.
We found the original magnet manufacturer that supplied magnets for the actual vintage Filter’Tron pickups and deal directly with them.
POLE PIECES: Our pole screws are custom manufactured to spec here in the USA.
Different alloys and style of pole pieces (screws, blades, cylinder magnets) are used for different tonal variations.
BOBBIN DESIGN: TV Jones bridge bobbins have a slightly wider pole-to-pole width to aid in centering the pole screws under the guitar strings in the bridge pickup position.
Our neck pickups have a narrower pole-to-pole width. Most factory-made pickups have the same pole-to-pole spacing for the neck and bridge positions.
What Is the Universal Mount?
Around 2013 we turned the No Ears and English Mount into the Universal Mount. We no longer sell the NE and EM mounts unless it is a unique situation.
The Clips (aka "ears") in the Clip System can attach to the Universal Mount pickups via screws for ring or pick guard suspension. You can also just use the wood screws and mount straight into the body. The Universal Mount pickups are shipped and sold with the Clip System.
If you have an older style (No Ears Mount) pickup that you want to mount in suspended style, there is a work around.
Make a skinny long bar out of aluminum, or hardwood. This will be used as your “ears” or "clips". Drill holes and to mount to pickup via wood or machine screws through the top of the pickup. Then drill 2 more holes where the pickup can attach to the ring/pick guard via springs and screws. Tap the hole to use with machine screw. Give us a call if you need a more in depth walk through.
Can I buy individual pickup parts?
Does TV Jones make noiseless single coil pickups?
Quick tips to combat hum:
- Turning your position in relation to the amp will lessen hum.
- A pedal device called a Noise Gate.
How are Setzer Signatures different from TV Classics?
We are also using custom alloy pole screws that enhance the magnetic field, which contributes to the sparkle and wider dynamic range.
This design provides more clarity while producing the punchiest low-end response in our Classic line. It’s a bit more over-the top than our Classics, and even with its slight similarities to the Classics, this is a wholly unique design.
Do I need a short or long switch?
Can I split TV Jones pickups?
Can I change the color (plating) of my pickups?
How long before my pickups ship?
How can I replace the pickups in my Gretsch G2220 bass?
Alternatively, you could use the suspended version of the Universal Mount and suspend it from an EM2 mounting ring but you may have to modify the cavity slightly to accommodate the “feet”.
What type of bridge do you recommend for a Gretsch?
The saddles are solid brass. It's a wonderful bridge machined from solid metal, not cast. Many enjoy the works of Tru Arc and Compton bridges as well - so do we. We also prefer a rosewood bridge base and that is what is used on Setzer’s guitars.
Will my English Mount or No Ears Mount pickups work with Universal Mount Clips?
The T-90 and T-Armond are the only pickups we still sell in the English and No Ears Mount.
Should I use a bridge or neck pickup in the middle position of my guitar?
Common Installation Mistakes
Neck: You will have best results if the treble side (plain strings) of the pickup is closer to the strings and you back away the bass side (wound strings), slightly – BODY OF PICKUP-NOT POLE SCREWS.
Keep pole screws closer to the body of the pickup, rather than closer to the strings. It is better to raise the pickup body closer to the strings, rather than the pole screws.
If you have any other questions, feel free to call in and ask! We are here to help!