UPDATE: 4/15/2022 12:53PM
Youtube user LowEndLobster purchased one of these for a review, and after experiencing similar issues, took the pickup apart, and lo and behold:
So, I gotta write this review for the Gretsch G2220, regarding both the warranty and the pickups.
For reference, this is what a firebird-style, dual-coil humbucker is supposed to look like (from StewMac):
THIS is what came installed in the G2220. This is the neck pickup. It
was labeled "Bridge" along with the bridge pickup, which explained why
it was so much louder in the middle position... but the 60hz hum was
Where is the second coil, exactly? What is this trash?
The first Fender tech I took it to, (about a year ago) tried to convince me that this was a stacked humbucker, like the Fender Noiseless pickups they produce for Strats and Teles.
I asked him if that was the case, why they buzz like single coils. He said "maybe they are humbuckers that are just not humbucking."
So... that's not a thing though. If they are humbuckers, they buck the hum, because of the way that the magnets and coils interact to enhance the signal and cancel out the radio inducted noise frequencies using constructive and destructive interference patterns. It's a physical property of the device due to the arrangement of physical parts, not a switch that you can just flip, and not something that turns off and on.
So, anyways, after much stalling and hemming and hawing, The Fender tech said he would put in a replacement order with Fender. Months passed, I kept checking in, and he kept saying that they weren't getting back to him. Now, I think this was bullshit and Fender was just trying to run down the clock on their 1 year warranty they offer on their electronics.
I repeatedly contacted the Fender Customer Service to ask why they weren't getting back to the Fender tech, and they basically called him a liar. Was he lying? I think now that they were playing bad cop worse cop, again, to try to run down the clock on the 1 year warranty.
Eventually after about 4 months, I had to move, and so I asked for my bass back. The first thing I did after arriving in the new city was get my bass into a different certified fender tech, in accordance with their warranty.
This time, things would be different right? I shared my story up to this point with the new Fender tech, and he informed me that Fender was very sorry about all the problems I had had with the last tech, and that they would get right on my case, sending out a replacement bass, as well as installing new dual coil humbucking pickups.
And then nothing happened.