TV Jones Classic Pickups

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Swap your stock humbuckers for the Filtertron sound!
Killer pickups for rockabilly, swing and rock!

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Neck position, English mount, chrome

Item # 6117


Bridge position, English mount, chrome

Item # 6118
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PLUS bridge position, English mount, chrome

Item # 6119


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Swap your stock humbuckers for the Filtertron sound!
Killer pickups for rockabilly, swing and rock!

TV Jones pickups reproduce the look, twang and growl of late '50s Gretsch Filtertron pickups. They drive the sound of Brian Setzer and other famous guitarists. The TV Classic Plus is a special bridge position model that's wound with thinner coil wire for a beefed-up midrange.

TV Classic pickups are the choice of Brian Setzer and Reverend Horton Heat. These humbuckers feature two rows of adjustable polepieces, in bridge and neck position spacings. Original 1/4"-thick Gretsch Alnico Filtertron magnets were carefully analyzed and reproduced. Each pickup is wax potted to help eliminate microphonic feedback, and has a 4-conductor shielded wire. Neck model 4.0K ohms; bridge model 4.8K ohms.

The TV Classic Plus is a special bridge position model that's wound with thinner coil wire for a beefed-up midrange. It's a great alternative for blues and rock. Chris Cheney of the Living End uses the TV Classic Plus. 7.8K ohms.

All pickups:
Mounting screws, springs and installation instructions are included.
Pickup dimensions: 1-3/8" x 2-13/16" (34.93mm x 71.44mm)
Neck models: 5/8" height (17.15mm), 1-29/32" polepiece spread (48.42mm)
Bridge models: 3/4" height (19.05mm), 2-1/32" polepiece spread (51.59mm)

These pickups are English Mount, and are supplied with custom-fitted Gibson® mounting rings, so you can easily swap out your stock humbuckers.

English Mount ring dimensions:
Neck ring tapers from 1/4" to 5/32" height (6.35mm to 3.97mm)
Bridge ring tapers from 3/8" to 9/32" height (9.52mm to 7.14mm)
Both rings are 3-1/2" x 1-3/4" (88.90mm x 44.45mm) with flat (non-arched) bottom

Handy routing template for the pickguard cutout is available.

Please note: these pickups do not have the original Gretsch-style mounting design.

Ratings & Reviews

TV Jones Classic Pickups

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Resurrected my guitar!!

By AlexandreDCS from Curitiba/PR - Brasil
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The sound coming from these pickups changed my guitar for much better! The clean is wonderful and the drive is always well controlled, without losing definition. Also, I installed a split to use the pickups in single mode. It was one of the best purchases I've made in Stewmac!

Killer pickups!

By Tim @ Lowstrung Guitars from Minneapolis, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 09, 2012

I built this guitar on commission for one of my best friends. His wife ordered the instrument as a surprise. The proud owner is a sci-fi nut and an aviation engineer so I wanted the guitar to appeal to those qualities. If you have a nice amp, these pickups will bring out the best in it. They have a really sweet, organic personality that I found to be versatile. I am a "Tone is in the hands" guy and I think these pickups do a great job of delivering my playing to my amp. What more could I ask for?

Right in the sweet spot!

By JJuk from Fullerton, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I replaced a set of Wilkinson PAF's (which aren't bad) with a TV Jones Classic neck PU and a Classic Plus bridge PU in my semi-hollow carved top. Stick a fork in it, this guitar is done! The sound is so tasteful and sweet. The mounting screws for the English mount didn't exactly line up with the existing holes, so there was just a smidge of touch up required. Well worth it!

TV Jones Classic perfeect for Les Paul!

By srvsteve from Waukesha WI, birthplace of Les Paul
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 08, 2012

I put a TV Jones Classic pickup in my Les Paul Jr. I replaced the single Gibson humbucker with the TV Jones Classic and is is even better than i'd hoped for. The guitar rings crystal clear and still has some snap and bite to it. Perfect for rock, blues, country,... I let my friends try it out and they all love it too!

Fitting of the theme...

By Martin Spencer from Middleport, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 12, 2012

I picked up a '63 Teisco Del Rey in a second hand shop for $20 as a project, It was a mess but savable. I decided to do a resto-mod replacing all the hardware (from Stew-Mac of course)and a Ferrari themed paint scheme.The final touch was the TV Jones Classic Neck and Plus Bridge pickups. Let me just say, "WOW!!!" I never expected this guitar to sound this good. And the sound really fits the Ferrari theme of the guitar, nice low end growl and screams on the high end. It wails.

I highly recommend these pickups for anyone wanting that retro sound.

And I much thanks to Stew-Mac for outstanding service and providing everything I needed to make this guitar the envy of everyone who has seen and played it.

The best of both worlds

By Seth from Indiana
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 27, 2010

I picked the mini humbucker because it's the best of both worlds between a full sized humbucker and a single coil pickup. It has nearly the clarity of a single coil and the bottom end of a humbucker. I bought the over wound "Plus" pickup for a hotter signal. I love it, it sounds great. I would highly recommend it.

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