Help with identifying this pickup?

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  1. Adrian R

    Adrian R Well-Known Member

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    I've been resurrecting one of my oldest Gibson Vs. This guitar when I got it did not have the original pickups. I was told they were Gibson 57 Classics.

    I pulled out this neck pickup and it measures 13.67 ohms...on my MM. Seems a bit high for a 57'.

    I took a couple pictures to see if I could get help in identifying it.

    What sez u?

    Thanks!

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    13 is pretty toasty. If it's truly a Gibson pickup, perhaps a 500T ? Not sure if they ever made that one with a cover. So... I'm not of much help. haha.


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  3. Adrian R

    Adrian R Well-Known Member

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    This pickup would date back to at least the early 2000s. The guitar is an 01'.
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    I'm not gonna ask you to open it but I bet the pickups in the V are 500T and 496R. Ceramic magnets. They are definitely not 57's.
     
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    Adrian R Well-Known Member

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    They were not the originals.
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Right that's what you said in the OP, they could have come out of an early LP Classic. What are you gonna do with them are you gonna use them or replace them? If youre not gonna use them I say take the cover off to see whats inside.
     
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    Adrian R Well-Known Member

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    Probably sell it... just trying to determine what it is first!..
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    I actually have a set of 500T and 469R in a box, I'll look and see what the bottoms look like if its like yours.
     
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    Adrian R Well-Known Member

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    That would be awesome. See if the numbers match..that would be a great help dude! I bet it must be a 500t with such high numbers. 13.67 for a neck pup?
     
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    This gets a bit interesting. Yes, the high impedance pushes it past the range of desired. The well known 'incorrect pat no' gives some collectible factor to some folks. So, if me? I'd open it up and verify it is or isn't a T-bucker. Also, is that some shrink-tubing on wire to lengthen it? If so...cut that back and let us know the color of the original lead wire (black, too, orange or?)

    People of every decade have done some odd things to their pickups...magnets replaced, etc.
     
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    It just insulation...that is the original lead wire...vintage type...it extends into the pickup.
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Mine are stamped Gibson USA and a T on the bottom, they dont look anything like your pictures. But then mine came out of a 2008 Explorer. If you can neatly open it to look inside I'd do it since youre getting rid of them, otherwise youll be guessing what they are when you sell them.
     
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    Everything I read T-tops are in the 7K range, so I'm thinking thats not it. But I agree he should open it to hopefully solve the mystery. :yesway:
     
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    Adrian R Well-Known Member

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    Aren't those covers glued to the coils in addition to being soldered? Also, I only have a 30w soldering iron. Not sure it is hot enough to reattach the cover.
     
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    Aren’t those the same numbers on the back of all the stamped pups? This is a Shaw pup from 1982, came in my V. Output is nowhere near yours. Also, most V’s and Explorers from the mid-80s on seem to have very hot pick ups.

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    I dont know about the glue, Gibson pickups I've opened are waxed.
     
  18. neikeel

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    To get the cover off you cut it with a stanley knife along the line, you only need to warm the solder when you put it back on again.
    Just be careful with your fingers!!
     
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