Magna'Tron Bridge - Universal Mount

  • Magna’tron - Neck - Universal Mount

    The Magna’Tron blends single-coil twang with unique Filter'tron & DeArmond influence. Although it can sound just like a single-coil, it is built with two coils (humbucking). The dual-coils provide a hint of compression on the high-end and no 60-cycle hum. One part of the recipe that makes the Magna'Tron so special is it's staggered cylinder “Fender-style” magnets.


    Bright and chirpy with quick attack and exceptional pop and clarity. The Magna’tron delivers a unique mix of single-coil spank meets Filter’Tron style twang with no hum! Slightly brighter and tighter on the bass than the TV Classic.


    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 - 8.0k / Inductance - 2.92H

    Neck: DCR - 4.8k / Inductance - 1.24H

    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 is generally not recommended with the Magna’Tron because of it’s natural tight and bright sound however some may enjoy it. Additionally, the 4-Conductor wire is 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 14 reviews
Magna-Trons in Fano RB-6

Nice chime! Added a 470K resistor from hot to ground on the bridge PU to tame the highs just a tad.


LOVE THIS PICKUP! It's clean, bright and kicks!

66 Martin GT-75

I put a pair of Magna'Trons in my old 66 GT-75. My initial intent was to keep the humbuckers that were in it and sell but the sound is so extraordinary. The only way I can describe it is the sound is just "there". Not louder or softer but more present! Highly recommended!!!

Magna and Power'Trons

I bought a bridge Magna'Tron because I wanted a bit more "bite" in my Power'Tron-equipped Gretsch 125 Anniversary. I was initially worried that the Power'Tron in the neck position would over-power the bridge Dyna, but the foam spacers TV Jones included with the Magna allowed me to achieve a nice balance between the two. I am really a single coil guy, and the Magna'Tron gets me closer to that territory. Perhaps there is a T'Armond in a Filter mount in my future...

Amazing tone!!

I am using this a bit unconventionally and have thought this over for about 3 years now. I have a 3 pick up Epiphone Riviera factory second I bought specifically to do this to it. Guitar is very nice and a great pallet to start with. I placed this higher output Magnatone bridge pick up in the middle position because of it's power and clarity. I love the clarity of this thing! I am using a Powertron+ in the bridge and a Duotone in the neck. 3vol, 1 mstr tone configuration, using the new 3+3 Freeway 6 position switch ( the 3 positions on 1 side, the pickups are in dual coil mode and the 3 positions on the other side the bridge and neck are tapped in single coil mode. The middle position will have a "Black Ice" passive distortion unit set in it's mild mode push pulled.)I am wiring in a tone switch too for variety. I am using hi quality wire, pots, and vintage .047, .033, .022, .015 PIO caps to make a very versatile guitar. For those of us old enough to remember...this thing will have more buttons and switches than a Vegamatic!! lol. I am hoping to have one great recording guitar for doing blues, rock, hard rock and some finger picking and these TV Jones pickups are the Cat's &$# !! Thanks, Reno