Gretsch

The Fred Gretsch Mfg. Co. was the first high-profile manufacturer to fit DeArmond pickups to their instruments when in 1949 they fitted the Model 2000 in all of their electric models.  They used gold-plated and chrome-plated versions with black coil formers.  Gretsch literature referred to them as Dynasonic Fidela-Tone pickups.  This name was never used by DeArmond.  Gretsch’s successful association with DeArmond ended only after DeArmond signed an agreement with The Chicago Musical Instrument Company (CMI), manufacturers of Harmony and many other brands, to supply them with pickups.

Instruments featured below include: Duo Jet 6128 tenor guitar; Duo Jet 6128 guitar; 6120 guitar; Country Club Guitar

Gretsch also manufactured a number of archtop guitars under the Bacon Belmont name fitted with Model 2000 pickups.

In the mid 1950s, Gretsch produced a small quantity of solid-bodied Electric Tenor guitars based on the Duo Jet 6128, each fitted with two four-pole versions of the Model 2000 pickup in chrome with black coil formers, as seen here (photo copyright Tommy Tucciarone)

Gretsch Duo Jet Tenor guitar Model 6128 with two 4-pole versions of the  Dynasonic Fidelatone pickup.  Both pickups are the same height. (B0070)

 

Gretsch Duo Jet 6128 dated 1955 with equal height pickups.  Note the raised bridge pickup. (Photo copyright Gearlicious B0251 grlc991)

 

Gretsch 6120 guitar

 

Gretsch Country Club Guitar, 1956 (B0263)