Filter'tron Replacement: Our 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). UV Measurements: 1.375” x 2.812” (.75” Bridge and .625” Neck).
Why TVJ?: Here at TV Jones, we use the highest quality and american made components that we can find. Our magnets produce a warmer bottom end and a broader high-end (broader Q factor-not as harsh). Many imported pickups tend to have sharper highs, and less lows due to impurities in the magnetic material and pole screws. Additionally, imported coils are wound quickly causing the magnet wire to stretched. This leads coils to read a higher DC resistance with less wire on the bobbin (thinner, brighter tone).
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 have always strived to make musical pickups as opposed to period correct pickups.
Gibson Style Mini-Humbuckers: Gibson style mini humbuckers are generally narrower pickups (1-1/4"wide). Filter'tron pickups are wider (1-3/8"). Measure your pickup cavities. They should be at least 1-3/8" plus so if not then some routing may be required. You’ll want the Universal Mount and your choice of Mounting rings.
Gibson-Style Mini Humbuckers in Soapbar Ring: These actually use a P90 Soapbar cover as a Mounting ring. Any pickup available in the Soapbar Mount will fit.
Universal Mount (and Clip System): 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 an extremely unique situation.
The Clip System (known as ears) can attach to the Universal Mount pickups via screws for ring or pickguard 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.
Buying Individual Parts:We do not sell any pickup parts separately except for the pickup covers and mounting screws available on this website.
General Pot Replacement: Split shaft is the option you want for press fit knobs (like Gibson and Strat-style guitars). Gretsch Electromatics, Streamliners and most other metric knobs will require a CTS split shaft pot. Solid shaft for vintage or Fender-era Gretsch guitars and knobs with set screws (Ex: Tele-style knobs).
Required Mounting Hole Diameter: 3/8" (9.52mm)
Replacing Metric Pots: Metric pots generally come mounted into smaller mounting holes (5/16"). These will need to be enlarged to 3/8" with a reamer or Dremel sanding bit to fit American CTS pots. Additionally, metric solid shafts measure at 6mm and American CTS solid shafts are .25" - take this into account when buying new pots as you may need new knobs. Lastly, most metric split shaft pots come with 18 knurled splines - American CTS pots come with 24 knurled splines.
250K or 500K?: We recommend 500K pots with most of our pickups. The few exceptions being the Starwood Strat and the Starwood Tele, which sound best with 250K pots.
2003-Current Gretsch Pots: Pro-level Gretsch guitars from the current era require solid shaft pots. Electromatic and Streamliner guitars from this era will require split shaft pots (even if your guitar has metric solid shaft pots).
1989-2003 Gretsch Pots: This era of Gretsch guitars require split-shaft pots. The stock pots from this era are solid shaft, but they are a smaller (metric) measurement than the American CTS pots we use, therefore requiring the split shaft.
Vintage Gretsch Pots: Pre-1989 or "vintage" Gretsch guitars require solid shaft pots.
60 Cycle Hum:A phenom that occurs with single coil pickups. TV Jones single coil pickups are not noiseless because we believe it affects the integrity of the fundamental tone. That being said, our single coil pickups are wound so the middle position (when 2 pickups are on), buck the hum.
Quick tips to combat hum:
120 Cycle Hum: It is a higher pitched interference from fluorescent lights, computers, light dimmers. Usually quieted down by touching the strings, eliminating the buzz source, or shielding the guitars control cavity.
Bridge: .406” or 2.03” E-E
Neck: .380” or 1.9” E-E
(for Strat and Tele they are both standard Fender but we use larger T-Armond magnets so it will work with almost any spacing)
You should have no problem with our pole spacing and most guitars. Our pole screws are a larger #6 pole screw head so they take up more room and are uniquely spaced. The Fender Custom shop uses our pickups on many instruments and never have a problem with our pole spacing. Gibson guitars have no issues. Gretsch guitars are spot on.
We set the pole pieces to a slight radius for most of our pickups. Start by putting all of the screws all of the way down. If all of the way down is 0 you will want to raise the screws accordingly (.5 is half of a rotation):
E A D G B E
0 .5 1 .5 0 .25
E A D G B E
0 .75 1.5 .75 .25 0
Once you have the poles set, we strongly recommend you first adjust the body of the pickup, then you can fine tune by making slight changes to the pole screw radius. Filter’Trons have much larger magnets than standard humbuckers so a little bit goes a long way when it comes to height of the pickup body.
Brian Setzer Signature Pickups - What is different?: In the new Brian Setzer Signature pickups we are using two different coils - one clearer and one thicker. The result is a transparent pickup with great clarity and top-end, and punch in the lower mid-range. 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 other Classics, but even with its similarities to the Classics, this is a wholly unique design.
TV-HT on Vintage Gretsch Guitars: This concerns only vintage Gretsch guitars with stock Hilo’Trons. You'll need to check to see if your stock pickups sit inside of a cavity or on top of the guitar (with a small cavity for protruding screws).
Gretsch Bass G2220 (and similar models): It is a fairly simple swap. You will need the pickups in the Universal Mount. Some of the cavities are very deep so you may want to screw a small piece of wood in there so the pickups will be at the appropriate height. You will also want a pair of Gretsch rings to cover the cavities. The holes in the rings will not match up exactly with the stock rings because the stock rings are metric, so you would need to fill the old holes with wood glue and a toothpick. 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”.
Bridge Recommendation: We recommend the GB 0520 ABR-1 bridge from allparts.com . 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. We prefer a rosewood bridge base and that is what is used on Setzer’s guitars.