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Duesenberg Pickups - Grand Vintage Humbucker vs D-Tron Humbucker

SpinachBoy

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Just want to gauge what's people's preference in regards to the two humbucker pickups for Duesenberg guitars. I want to know what are the differences and which one suits which style best?
 

Da Geezer

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Just from the names (knowing absolutely nothing about Duesenburg guitars) I would suspect the GV is a PAF-type, and the D-tron is a Gretschy/TV Jones thing.

I think you can get some pretty good ideas for uses from those two well known pickup types.

Hopefully someone with real experience will chime in shortly :D

Good luck

G
 

Dr Slapstick

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Just from the names (knowing absolutely nothing about Duesenburg guitars) I would suspect the GV is a PAF-type, and the D-tron is a Gretschy/TV Jones thing.

I think you can get some pretty good ideas for uses from those two well known pickup types.

Hopefully someone with real experience will chime in shortly :D

Good luck

G
That's exactly the case - they also make a "little toaster" pickup that's very much like a filtertron type pickup :)
 
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I've not played the D-Tron but I have the Grand Vintage in my Starplayer. Yes, it's their PAF style but because of the build of the guitar, it doesn't feel like a Les Paul. There's a lot of clarity and chime. If you were to put those pickups in a solid body Gibson-esque guitar, it may sound more like the PAF its modelled after.

It just doesn't feel like a PAF in the Starplayer.
 

ProfRhino

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That's exactly the case - they also make a "little toaster" pickup that's very much like a filtertron type pickup :)
I have a Little Toaster neck paired with a Supertron bridge.
The Toaster is a bit brighter than e.g. a TV Classic, I like it better and might consider replacing the Supertron too in the future.
ymmv,
Rhino
 

SpinachBoy

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Also, the reason I'm asking this question, because I'm deciding which Duesenberg guitar to get. I already have a Gibson LP (which has two humbucker pickups that can be splitted into single coil), and I want to try out something different.

I came across Duesenberg guitars few months ago, and really like the Starplayer TV model. The guitar is much solidly built than my LP and right now I have my eyes on either a TV Custom (3x D-Tron) or a standard TV (GV + P90).

I mainly playing for worship music, and learning Blues atm (still a noob). I use Fender Blues Jr III as my practice / main amp. (I do plan to get a small Vox AC15C1 in near future to go stereo).
 

Dr Slapstick

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Is that the "Crunchbucker" that you're refering to?
No, that's a different one. I've never tried the crunchbucker.

For what it's worth, I have a Starplayer TV with the standard pickups in it and use it in situations I would have used a Gretsch before - it's chimey enough to get there. It's a great complement to a darker sounding humbucker based guitar (I use a PRS, but a Les Paul is right up that alley).

You'll definitely get a lot of different tones out of it just because of the hollow body and the trem. Don't pay over $2k for it though - I got mine brand new from Germany with case for $1,800 (depends on the exchange rate).
 

SpinachBoy

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No, that's a different one. I've never tried the crunchbucker.

For what it's worth, I have a Starplayer TV with the standard pickups in it and use it in situations I would have used a Gretsch before - it's chimey enough to get there. It's a great complement to a darker sounding humbucker based guitar (I use a PRS, but a Les Paul is right up that alley).

You'll definitely get a lot of different tones out of it just because of the hollow body and the trem. Don't pay over $2k for it though - I got mine brand new from Germany with case for $1,800 (depends on the exchange rate).
Cheers. I'm from Australia, and the guitars here ain't cheap either, especially the American made ones... I plan to import it from Germany as well. I initially wanted to get a Gretsch, since I wanted to have different a 2nd guitar to compliment my LP, at least something semi-hollowed with trem. But the TV came up and I've tried a few, and quite like the sound/build quality. I'm still leaning towards the D-Tron pickups now that I know its similar to Gretsch's tone (well at least in theory/design...).
 




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