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Super'Tron Bridge Universal Mount


  • SUPER'TRON - Bridge - Universal Mount

    The TV Jones Super'Tron is a replica of the original early 1960’s prototype design. It is basically a TV Classic with steel blades instead of pole screws and the resulting tone retains classic Filter'tron clarity, but with a bold and full broadband punch.

    Tone/Characteristics

    The steel blades used in the Super'Tron provide a larger magnetized surface area producing greater inductance. While the DC Resistance is the same as the TV Classic, you will notice a little more output and body with a slightly more accentuated lower-mid range. Warmer and less aggressive than the mid 1960’s Gretsch Super’Trons (which had a bunch of thin laminated steel blades instead of one piece of steel). Great choice for finger picking, jazz, punk, blues... it has been said that this design in the neck position was loved by Chet Atkins (according to Paul Yandell).

    Installation:

    The Universal Mount is a direct drop-in replacement for standard sized Filter'trons - with and without "ears". 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 - 2.64H

    Neck:DCR - 4.0k / Inductance - 1.81H

    Wiring Notes

    The Super’tron 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 the Super'Tron due to low coil output but some say it works well due to higher coil inductance (because of the steel blades). 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 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.

     

     

     


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Customer Reviews

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D.G.
Great product

I have bought from TV Jones in the past, and his products are and have been the best anywhere. If you like That Great Gretsch Sound, look no further than TV Jones!

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D.S.
Bridge model in Neck position

I went against the grain and put the Bridge model in the neck of my Jackson King V(I know right??). I'm probably the first person to put a TV Jones in a Jackson, but it sounds amazing. It's very clear, but with a nice punch. I always prefer a single coil tone in the neck and this does a great job, with all the perks of a humbucker. Through my Vox AC30 I can get some great blues and R&B tones, with some dirt it sounds very nice for some Hendrix licks.

I have it paired with a Jaydee Old Boy rail pickup in the bridge(24k high output) and not only does it match well aesthetically they sound great together. Being two bridge pickups, the middle position is out of phase. The sound is like Peter Green, but on steroids. Out of phase but with more output, not thin at all.

The fit and finish is great, very solidly built. The Universal mount is a great idea as well. Overall it's a fantastic pickup and worth every penny! I did a short demo of it if you'd like to hear it:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pqT6HjiZrRU

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A.
Highly recommended.

Excellent workmanship; the best! Your pickups and harnesses are meticulously made. And I love the fact that all of your components and products are Made in the U.S.A.!

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A.
The best gift

very elegant sound, perfect for vintage rock and blues and aesthetically beautiful, my husband loved them. Also very good packed and shipped by TV Jones and very good service as they advised me to buy the rings for them. Thank you

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M.S.
Clarity

This is the clearest pickup I've ever played through. The sound is warm but not dark, bright but not harsh. It's a very controlled sound.

Chet Atkins liked Supertrons, saying that they "have more note". That is a very accurate way to describe the nature of the Supertron. It is not thin, in any sense of the word, but the highs are strong and clear. The lows are powerful and gutsy. I use this for Instrumental Rock; think Duane Eddy, Hank Marvin and Surf Music. It's the perfect pickup for this music. Likewise, it's great for Country, think Tele.

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