When choosing a TV Jones pickup, there are two main choices you need to make:
1. The type of pickup you desire (eg; TV Classic, Power’Tron, Magna’Tron etc.) and
2. The mounting option that is needed for the pickup to fit correctly into your guitar
This article deals specifically with a very popular mounting option called the English mount. This mount refers not to the country in the UK but is named for the guy who inspired the design, Mister Jim English.
UPDATE: Most pickups are now available in the UNIVERSAL MOUNT which takes all the guess work out of selecting the correct fit. The T-Armond and T-90 are still available in the NoEars Mount and English Mount. For more info on the Universal Mount, click here.
The English Mount is one of our most popular mounting options because it allows you to easily drop the pickup assembly into an existing humbucking style pickup cavity. The pickup mounts to the ring itself and does not need to be screwed directly into the body of the guitar.
The EM-1 is suspended on a Gibson-style pickup ring (or bezel). This is a great option for many Gibson and Epiphone guitars (Les Paul, Flying V, Epi Sheraton) as well as the Ibanez Artcore.
The EM-1 fits into most standard humbucker cavities and is available with a cream or black ring and chrome, nickel or gold cover & screws.
The second style of English Mount is the EM-2. This mounting option is suspended on a Gretsch pickup ring (or bezel) and is the ideal solution for switching out stock Gretsch pickups on the Electromatic 5120 / 5122 series guitars. No routing is necessary, The EM-2 will drop right into your existing cavities. You will need to drill small pilot holes for the new Gretsch pickup ring (no big deal). The EM-2 is not designed for use in 6120 series guitars. For the 6120 you would use a standard mount which screws directly into the bracing of the guitar.
When swapping out TV Jones EM-2 English mounted pickups in the 5120 series you will be able to wire them directly to the stock wiring harness. However, if you wish to upgrade your wiring harness, for higher fidelity and trouble free operation, you can order a prewired TV Jones Wiring Harness which includes higher quality CTS pots, and a Switchcraft switch and input jack.