Epi SG Gibson or stock pickups?

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  1. Scotsman

    Scotsman New Member

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    Hi folks. This is my first post and I ave a question about pickups. I have a second hand Korean Epi SG made at the Unsung plant in 2004. When I inspected the pickups I was surprised to see "Gibson USA" stamped on the reverse. They even have the classic braided wire - see photo.
    Were these pickups included as standard with this model, or are they replacements of the original stock humbuckers?

    Thanks for any help.
     

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    Replacements
     
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    The originals would have likely been the ubiquitous Alnico Classics. If they're stamped Gibson USA, they've been replaced. To my knowledge, Epi has never made an SG with classic PAF style Gibson pups. I do know they had a line with Gibson Dirty Fingers pups, though.

    I'm not sure what those replacements are... If they were '57 classics, I would think they would have the "patent applied for" sticker... Maybe 490s? Burstbuckers? Whatever the case, very nice surprise there!
     
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    I think the later model Prophecy GXes started coming with Gibson 498T/490R sets instead of Dirty Fingers. But that's all I can think of.
     
  6. Scotsman

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    Yes I think so, after looking at the wiring inside. But what kind of pickups I wonder?
     
  7. Scotsman

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    Thanks for that. I must say I haven't seen the "Gibson USA" stamp/engraved on the reverse before. They certainly look genuine.
     
  8. Norton

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    Originals from Korea would've been the "hotch"? "Hotch?" Wouldn't they?

    The Gibson stamped pickups could be a lot of things. But if they're stamped Gibson, then chances are they aren't paf style/flavor. Can you get an ohm reading? Very possibly 496/498t's?
     
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    Honestly, the braided p'up wire means diddly, the stock p'ups I swapped out of my Chinese '07 had that. G400s are an excellent mod platform, your's may have gotten some upgrades from the prior owner.

    Any chance of you giving us a look at the control cavity? If they swapped in Gibby p'ups, they may have upgraded your pots & caps.
     
  10. Scotsman

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    I can't get an ohm reading as yet. I'll try ln the future, thanks.
     
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