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    Hello. Is there a Seymour Duncan pick-up equivalent to the rockabilly sound of a TV Jones Classic in a humbucker? I don't want to fork over the money for a TV Jones set when I know that Seymour Duncan makes excellent pick-ups at a better price. Thank you.

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    Default Re: Rockabilly Sound?

    After doing more research and reading, it looks like Phat Cats may be the best alternative considering the price and the sound.

    Can anyone tell me how Phat Cats compare to TV Jones Classics? Do they produce a decent rockabilly sound?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Rockabilly Sound?

    Phat cats aren't what you want.

    Infact I have no clue what would be best for you, but you might like the pearly gates.

    I have a TV Jones tron in my gibson and I don't think a whole lot gets close to that sound.
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    Default Re: Rockabilly Sound?

    You can get some great rock-a-billy tones out of the PC's, but they're not cloe to Filter'tron at all.
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    Default Re: Rockabilly Sound?

    I had ES-347 with two Gibson Super Humbuckers (strong ceramics), which sounded great twangy both split to singles and in the middle position.

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    You really can't get the Filtertron sound with anything but that pickup or the clones...that is only one 'rockabilly' sound. P90's also get a great 'billy sound in an archtop, esp. the lower output varieties. The Phat Cat may be a little too fat...think clean and twangy, but full.

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    the custom shop offers a seymour duncan filtertron, you can have them wound any way you like, I have a set in a es-335. The bridge is overwound at 9.1 K, and the neck is the standard 4.1 K, these are the best pickups I have ever heard! Its all there - clarity without being shrill, midrange warmth, crisp bottom-end - no mud, good clean tone, nasty when driven.
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    I was recomended the C5 for twang.
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    yea, they [ Fender Bassman] do sound like a mess, don't they. It's like a blind date with a shaggy hippy girl with a poochy belly, but then you get a hot oil massage from her and all of a sudden you're doing tantric prayer all night and asking her to move in with you.

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    I have a C5 as well, it doesn`t come close.
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    There are a lot of different types of twang, and a lot of Duncan pups that can produce versions of them, but I've never heard any production Duncan that does anything that even remotely resembles the sound of a Filtertron.
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    I had this problem myself. $120 per pup does sound like a lot, but if is the sound you are really looking for save up and buy them. Luckily for me it was just a passing GAS attack, in about a week I had moved on to something else.
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    Default Re: Rockabilly Sound?

    An alternative would be the DeArmond thang---pretty twangy, and there are some of those 2K pickups floating around.

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    WOW!! I really appreciate all the feedback. I am really blown away. This really gives me somethings to think about.

    I am curious if anyone has dropped TV Jones Classics in a Les Paul (any model) and what type sound they received. I know people primarily drop TV Jones, Filtertrons, and the like in semi-hollow bodies, but haven't heard much on them being used in Les Pauls.

    Thanks again for all the responses!!

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    Billy Gibbons has filtertrons in his Gretsch billy-bo guitars, listen to ZZ-Tops new Cd, its on some of the tracks
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    Also, Malcom young`s guitar parts for ACD/DC are all filtertrons, the combination of Angus`s Gibson T-top pickups, and Malcoms filtertrons gave them that huge sound, and of course all those Marshalls!
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    Default Re: Rockabilly Sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by evlyons View Post
    WOW!! I really appreciate all the feedback. I am really blown away. This really gives me somethings to think about.

    I am curious if anyone has dropped TV Jones Classics in a Les Paul (any model) and what type sound they received. I know people primarily drop TV Jones, Filtertrons, and the like in semi-hollow bodies, but haven't heard much on them being used in Les Pauls.

    Thanks again for all the responses!!


    Have to agree with the statement that, "i do not think SD has a spot-on, or even close replica of the TV Jones/Filtertorns "

    I want to get set of Phat Cats for my next Artcore semi-hollow w. Bigsby, and also close my eyes and get a set of TV Jones for my current AG75 - it will still be MUCH cheaper than a Setzer sig. model !

    Do not know anyone who droped Filtertrons in a LP, but i do know of a guy (only saw the pic's though) who retro fitted his Jazzmaster with a set.
    And man, does that thing l00k beautifull - i can only think how it must sound

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