Filtertron vs Toaster

cob666

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I've had no luck finding any detailed information comparing these pickups.

I'm thinking about ordering a guitar from a small shop luthier and one of the pickup options are Filtertrons. I have very little to no experience with the Gretsch/Rickenbacker style of pickups so I would like some assistance.

How would you explain the differences between Filtertron and Toaster pups. Might as well toss in any opinions you have on the HiGain pickups well.

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TChen

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I'm also really interested in hearing someone's comparison of these.

I made the switch from hi-gains to toasters about a year ago; I'm loving the toasters, but have been thinking about selling them to fund my space echo repair.

No real Gretsch experience here, but I LOVE the chimey, gritty character I assume are from the Filtertrons... Troggs, Velvet Underground, a lot of 50s/60s r&b, etc. I've also wondered how a direct comparison between the toasters and filtertrons would go.
 

VicAjax

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old Toasters and new Toasters are apparently very different. They have consistently been wound hotter and hotter over the years. In the 50s/early 60s, Toasters measured around 5k ohms, then around 7.5k ohms in the late 60s-70s. The reissue Toasters in the 80s were around 8.5k ohms and I think the recent versions have measured around 12-15k.

There's one website that recommends removing about half the winds from the new Toasters to get closer to the sound of vintage Rics.
 

Wayne Alexander

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Those pickups sound NOTHING alike. Filtertrons - Brian Setzer and much of the Reverend Horton Heat rockabilly stuff, Pete Townshend's guitar work on the Who's Next album, Malcom Young's stuff with AC/DC, some early 60s Chet Atkins are some examples. Toasters - REM, John Fogerty in early Creedence, Byrds, some early Tom Petty sounds, lots of Jangle-rock sounds.
 

Devin

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They are both traditionally low resistance pickups, the constructions are different. They can both jangle and rock but filters have hum-bucking. Also, filters are much much more common. Aftermarket for toasters are usually pricey and require a hassle to install. Only ever talked about in terms of Tom Petty and Rick's.

I would love to hear a comparison.
 

Dave1

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Really different sounds. The filters are bright hums, but they really growl. Toasters are all about the high end with a very distinctive chime on top.
 




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