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    I have had this guitar pickup for just over three years, and I do not know what it is. I would really appreciate any help in identifying it!

    As you can see, it is a humbucker with a metal cover, with serial number 25728 stamped on the reverse. It has a cloth-wrapped lead with braided shield, and it happens to be missing both of the mounting tabs. The pickup measures 8.0K ohms. I didn't want to take the cover off, so I can't say much about the wire or bobbins.


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    By the looks of those solder joints, I'd say someone has already taken off the cover once before.

    How the hell do you mount that thing?

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    Although I'm not 100% sure, it sure looks like an old Les Paul pickup. You might contact Gibson to see for sure...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150
    By the looks of those solder joints, I'd say someone has already taken off the cover once before.

    How the hell do you mount that thing?
    Yeah, I am sure the cover has been off before, but it is on there pretty tight and I didn't want to really mess it up. I might try to carefully take it off sometime soon. Also, the previous owner apparently used epoxy on the back of the pickup to make it stay in place.

    Thanks sixstring, I will contact Gibson about it. There look to be some differences between it and most other old Gibson pickups I have seen, but the guy I bought it from did say that it "may or may not be a Gibson". I only paid a few dollars for it, so it is no real loss if it turns out to be nothing.
    Last edited by kowski; 06.14.06 at 08:54 AM.

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    ...or it MIGHT just turn out to be one of those 'holy grail' pieces, too...
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    My advice is to go for the alien abduction story. Look bemused, dishevelled and on the verge of tears as you recount your story of intrusive and degrading medical tests.
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    Also, the previous owner apparently used epoxy on the back of the pickup to make it stay in place.
    Stay in place where????
    Did he snap off the mounting legs?
    Or were they never there to begin with?

    The braided wire looks like the same wire Gibson uses, but I've never seen a Gibson pickup with those type markings (or no mounting legs).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150
    Stay in place where????
    Did he snap off the mounting legs?
    Or were they never there to begin with?

    The braided wire looks like the same wire Gibson uses, but I've never seen a Gibson pickup with those type markings (or no mounting legs).
    I recognized the braided wire, but the stamped serial number and short screws on the polepieces led me to believe it was something else. The guy I bought it from never personally used it, I believe, so I doubt I could find out how the mounting legs came off. It was apparently glued into the pickup cavity! Can you believe it? heh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kowski
    I recognized the braided wire, but the stamped serial number and short screws on the polepieces led me to believe it was something else. The guy I bought it from never personally used it, I believe, so I doubt I could find out how the mounting legs came off. It was apparently glued into the pickup cavity! Can you believe it? heh...
    The pole pieces don't look to be "short".
    Once you pull those covers off a pickup that's been potted in wax, it's sometimes hard to re-attach them and get that same fit.
    I'd say it's more likely to be the cover and not "short pole pieces".

    Also, most pickup cavities are very deep, allowing room for height adjustment screws, so it's not very likely the pickup was just glued into the cavity.

    Very odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150
    The pole pieces don't look to be "short".
    Once you pull those covers off a pickup that's been potted in wax, it's sometimes hard to re-attach them and get that same fit.
    I'd say it's more likely to be the cover and not "short pole pieces".

    Also, most pickup cavities are very deep, allowing room for height adjustment screws, so it's not very likely the pickup was just glued into the cavity.

    Very odd.
    What I meant is that polepieces on most of the older Gibson pickups come further out of the back. And yes, it was glued into the cavity. Maybe to a small block of wood or something, I don't know.

 

 

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