Hi there, i'm hoping you guys would be able to help me date some what i believe to be vintage tele pickups, here are the pictures i've got so far, let me know if there are any more i should take. Re: identification of gibson pickup i believe if its a 500t there should be a t inprinted on the top of the humbucker between the poles i maybe wrong though no, there is a t but it's on the bottom. Gibson used the same bobbins, baseplates, wire and magnets from the beginning to the end of the t-top era a '67 t-top will sound like a '78 t-top if the magnets are at full charge if you have a t-top, that is probably the one thing you can do to bring it back to life, recharge the magnet.
Gibson 1979 t-top pickup demo just a quick demo of the t-top pickup as it exists as the original pickup in my gibson the paul guitar plugged straight into a modern, fender blues jr iii amp. The gibson (2) paf pickups that i sent to have rewound came back sounding very good tonaly and were balanced as in the one for the bridge was slightly hotter and the one at the neck a little less i wouldn't hesitate to have anything repaired. The gibson es-320td was introduced in 1971 just as the es-120 was being discontinued the 320 had the same pickups as gibson’s melody maker series but featured a 335 style body without the solid center block.
The t-top replica is a faithful recreation of 1970's era gibson humbucking pickups that really capture the tone and feel of the second wave of classic rock pickups made with vintage correct magnet wire, short-bar alnico v magnets, and vintage correct outputs. Matched pair of 1979 gibson t-top humbuckers neck pickup reads 752k ohms with an 11 single conductor shielded lead bridge pickup reads 776k ohms with a 6 single conductor shielded lead. Now you can capture those same tones in your guitar with the throbak '70/select t-top replica electric guitar pickups throbak '70/select pickups are sought out by fans of the elusive early '70's t-top sound. Is there any way to verify that the pickup below is a gibson t-top from the 60s or early 70s without removing the cover it has a correct looking paf # sticker and the tool marks, but since it's soldered i can't check for the t markings on the front of the pickup and would prefer not to remove the cover if i don't have too. The riff raff is a much superior pup than the gibson t-top or the original 70's dimarzio paf, which was also a t-top replica the riff raff is more full sounding and bright without getting fizzy and it also handles any amount of gain beautifully, unlike any gibson pickup is able to do.
T-top -70's bridge pickup: based on the original t-top patent# sticker humbucker from 1970 the pickup uses a strong short alnico 5 bar magnet, which gives a special chime and high end for this pickup's sound. After paf pickups were gone, the patent# pickups were next and used from 1962 to 1965 then from 1965 to 1975 (note overlap) the next gibson humbucker is known as the t bucker or t top. A patent sticker gibson humbucker from the 60s-70s that had a capital t on the top of the bobbin to answer v-man, i have a t-top in my gibson es125t that is a great pickup, very bright and not muddy at all.
Guitar(s): gibson les paul amp: 1966 fender deluxe reverb vol 6, treble 6, bass 0 cab: 1967 fender bassman 2x15 d130f speakers. Gibson humbucking used t-top pickup with patent number decal - tested and works reading 74 k i had to replace the lead as it had been cut. Vintage guitars info's gibson paf (patent applied for) humbucker pickup info if you have an original gibson paf pickup and/or m-69 pickup ring for sale, please let me know by going to my contact web page the later t bucker t-top pickup used from 1976 to the 1980s paf forgeries.
So if you want tim shaw pickups, you buy a 1982 guitar, and you cannot examine the pickups closely both outside and inside, i guess you are taking a chance (eg, that gibson didn't happen to install ts p/us in that particular guitar or that they were removed by a previous owner. The gibson les paul deluxe, which was nearly identical to the standard with the exception of mini-humbucker pickups, was produced during this time further, beginning in 1972, gibson began offering the les paul deluxe with a special order of full-size humbuckers. Another resource for iding and dating guitars is gibson’s computer database, which catalogues scores of serial numbers from 1987 on through the present “it doesn’t always date the guitar,” says davidson.