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Pick List for Fitting TV Jones Pickups into Gretsch 5120 / 5122

The TV Jones Universal Mount™ means no need to choose between the No Ears Mount or the English Mount. This new mount does both with one easy mounting option and comes complete with 2 wood screws, compression rubber, 2 humbucker screws with springs and clips.

To Fit TV Jones Universal Mount™ Pickups in a Gretsch 5120 / 5122, you’ll also need:

  • 1 x Set of 3 Ring Risers with Screws – these ring risers are necessary if installing on a Gretsch 5120/5122. Three ring risers are needed due to the higher neck angle of the guitar – two for the bridge position and one for the neck position. https://www.retrovilleguitars.co.uk/product/ring-risers-screws/
  • Gretsch-style Ring with screws for each pickup – you can modify original rings but these Gretsch pickup surrounds are modified for use with TV Jones Universal Mount pickups. These rings fit the Filter’Tron footprint of the Universal Mount. The pickup ring mounts directly to the guitar and the pickup suspends from the ring. https://www.retrovilleguitars.co.uk/product/ring-gretsch-style-em2-screws-silver/

We’d also recommend a Tube Kit for Tone Pot Harness unless your luthier / tech has appropriate tools for modifying hollowbody guitars as Gretschs are particularly difficult to re-wire. https://www.retrovilleguitars.co.uk/product/tube-kit-tone-pot-harness/

By | 2017-07-04T18:31:53+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Guitar Pickups|2 Comments

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  1. Joe Gillespie June 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Newer Electromatics (with the Electromatic logo on the pickguard and not the headstock) have cable connectors inside so it is not necessary to remove the potentiometers or socket. In fact, it is very easy.

    Loosen-off the strings and pull them to the sides of the bridge and nut. Remove the pickguard – one screw near the neck and two screws at the side. It is then simple to undo the Gretsch black top pickups. A TV Jones pickup is a straight replacement for the stock Gretsch using their dual screw adapter to accommodate the two pickup height adjustment screws on the bass side of the pickups. The treble side is a single screw as before.

    Lift the pickups out and unplug them from the harness. Make a note of how the pickup wires are connected to the male connector. The connector plugs can be reused with the new pickups. Using a small pointed object, press down on the small retaining clips of the metal contacts and they will pull out. Snip the wires close to the contacts. Open up the big crimps on the contacts with a small, sharp screwdriver or pin. The smaller crimps are more difficult to open, but you don’t need to. Just pull/cut out the old wires. Recrimp the contacts onto the new pickup wires, probably best to solder them too.

    Refit the pickups and strings and you are done.

    • Steven Baker June 16, 2017 at 6:30 am - Reply

      Thanks Joe. If you don’t mind, we’ll add this to a new article.



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