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In 1965, Gretsch replaced the FilterTron pickup in the Country Gentleman’s neck position with a newly designed pickup the company dubbed the SuperTron. Essentially, this is a FilterTron with increased output caused by replacing the individual polepieces with two metal plates that actually touch the internal magnet. This has the effect of concentrating the magnetic field around where the strings are, and a stronger magnetic field generates increased electrical output. The Super’Trons also found their way onto other Gretsch models such as the Streamliner, the Viking, and (don’t laugh) the Monkees Rock and Roll model among others.

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