Gibson Tim Shaw Humbuckers

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  1. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    What's the big deal with them?:hmm:
     
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    Gibsons first attempt at reproducing a PAF voiced pickup, they sound great (and were pretty close sounding) and they later officially became the 57 Classic we now all know and love.
     
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    Yeah Mr Shaw had to do with Poly Wire and not Plain Enamel Wire cause Gibson at the Time would go the extra buck to get Plain Enamel Wire.
     
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    Hellifiknow?
    What?
     
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    According to my searches, Gibson stopped using Tim Shaw humbuckers in 335's in 1987.

    More valuable?
     
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    A Tim Shaw era pickup commands a premium, but as I stated they became the 57 Classic.
     
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    I was talking about how Mr Shaw went about making his version of the PAF

    in fact here is story

     
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    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    IMO, they're good.
    I'm glad that guitars with these may have a higher price tag but, to me, it's another conversation piece.

    Thank you for the info.
     
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    I do not see what the big deal is about them. I had them in my 1985 Les Paul Standard. They sounded good, but not enough that I would pay $300 for them, which is what a pair seem to go for on ebay. I think the 57's sound just as good IMO. I have a BB1 in the neck and a bb2 in the bridge of my LP and I actually like those better than the Tim Shaw's that I have. I think they are more of a conversation piece...something cool and not very common, but no holy grail or anything like that. If you can get a pair for $100 or so, I'd say go for it. $200 or more I would pass if all you are interested in is sound.
     
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    TS P/U's are one of those things like an 808 overdrive.
    They're good but doesn't make me do back flips.
    I guess with the right buyer, these toys make or break a deal.
    To me, they're no biggie.:cool:
     
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    Yeah, but in 1981 when I bought my first brand new Les Paul, these pickups were a pretty big deal! I think they are a much more convincing voiced PAF than BurstBuckers and a lot of other "PAF" replacement pickups. I'd rather have TS's or 57 Classics than just about any other pickup out there.
     
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    IMO, it like the emperor's new clothes.
    Embossed T or dirty finger p/u's have a following too.
    Just not me.
    All my Norlin LP Std;s had stock p/u's replaced with Duncans.
    At this stage of my life, I go with my ears and not with the new re-issue of an Edsel or the "find another" deals.
     

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