Gibson Embossed Pickup Covers:

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  1. Robert Herndon

    Robert Herndon Well-Known Member

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    First saw these on Bill Bartlett's Les Paul (Ram Jam) in 1977. Any significance???? Gibson Pickup Covers.jpg
     
  2. Ron Featherston

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    I understand they were only available in 71-72. Pretty rare. I have them on my 72 SG Standard. The pickups should be the stickered numbered T-Tops. Right?
     
  3. Relic61

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    You are correct! Patent number stickers on the pups & usually T-Tops for bobbins underneath. Just typically great sounding pups.

    I've actually taken to collecting these pups & the covers (without the pickup). They look frik'n awesome & are great for custom brite work.

    When I acquired this 68/69 SG Standard, it came with 3 pups installed & the center pup was a genuine Gibson Embossed pickup.

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    Although slightly reminiscent of a chrome toaster from the 60's crossed with the chrome grill of a Mack Truck heading at you 100 mph, There is no denying the bold bling effect.

    I likey!

    FYI, these pups & covers are pricey with cover (with no pups) running around $75-$100 (sometimes less, sometimes more) and a genuine 71/72 Embossed Patent Number Stickered pup hitting on average in the $300 / $350(+) range to the outright exorbitantly ridiculous. (see below)

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    Yikes!!! Good Lawd datsa whole lotta money!

    Another thing I always liked about this era pup cover is that the covers corners are a bit rounded & not squared like a newer pup, probably due to the fabricating pieces wearing over time loosing that sharp angle & rounding oh so nicely.

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    (just say it like Goldmember) Schow schexy Yeesh??

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    Schexy jah??

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    Wouldn't you like your own collection of these schexy covers..

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    And have enough collected that you can hear them clink together & ring like gold coins??

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    Ah jah!

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    Yes!! Puts dem in my coin bag! Clinkety clinkety

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    And I'm spent...
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  4. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Shmoke and a sandwich?

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    Relic61 Well-Known Member

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    Ive seen a few of these in a neck position of a tele..

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    Relic61 Well-Known Member

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    Were they actual full size humbuckers of the embossed '72 min-hums which by the way are frik'n awesome!!?

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    The Gibsopn min-hum in a Tele neck position was the hot set-up back in the day. I would even argue that in the right hands (& right guitar) these old min-hums sound better in the neck than most of todays fullsize neck humbuckers. But actual '72 embossed pup supplies are limited! lol Even I only have 1! lol
     
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    I have some on my '72 ES-335TDC. The covers look cool and the pickups sound great, wish Gibson did more because I quite like how they look :D
     
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    Relic61 Well-Known Member

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    I love your uncles guitar man! Just beautiful & all 'round perfect as a 335 can be!
    Love that small block inlay too!
    Very 1972 baby yeah!
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    If memory serves, they were the full size buckers, this pic is the first i have seen of the mini buckers embossed.. very cool
     
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    Sort of off topic but... Yikes, the images loaded from lespaulcustomshop.com in this thread made my anti-virus go NUTS!
     
  12. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Technically the lettering on those are debossed vs embossed.

    When I see stamped letters or logos I used to also think it was called embossing.
    I spent time working near stamping machines where an operator corrected me on the terminology.

    Debossing is when the lettering is pressed down into the surface of the material.
    Embossing is when the lettering is raised above the surface of the material.
    Both are similar process, the die used for the stamping is the only difference.

    Those covers are awesome no matter what you call them.
     
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    So, knowing Gibson, they raised the surface surrounding the letters...........
    :naughty::cheers:


    It's a joke, occasionally they're funny!
     
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    You are correct sir.

    Problem is that if you go searching for 'debossed Gibson pickup" you t'aint gonna findz nuttin!

    Just another one of those things not named correctly, yet we must now refer to it correctly by it's incorrect name so people know what we're referring to... er,.. correctly.

    Huh??
     
  15. Logan

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    Like the vibrato systems on our guitars that people love to call tremolos! Weird thing is we still call the actual tremolo effect a tremolo, so we have two tremolos! :facepalm:
     
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    Relic61 Well-Known Member

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    Right on.

    Gibson did get close when naming their 'Vibrola'!
     
  17. Col Mustard

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    these are the ones I like:
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    The real ones might be just as rare... but probably not since they were
    made for more years in the '70s. Mine are replicas made in Mexico for
    this re-issue '72 Tele Deluxe. They sound great with 500k pots and good
    wiring.

    And thanks for posting that picture of the '70s mini hum bucker with its
    embossed Gibson logo. I never saw one of those. Were they issued on the
    Les Paul Deluxe? On the Firebird? SG special?
     
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    The Fender and the Gibson "debossed" look great!

    I'm definitely going to demand them on my signature model!
     
  19. Relic61

    Relic61 Well-Known Member

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    Just don't forget to look for 'embossed' or you're not going to find nothing! LOL

    Col, That specific picture was from a '72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe!

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    FYI. Every Gibson guitar for 1972 came with the Gibson logo on their pickups!

    The result was many different types of Gibson pickups getting the one year embossed logo treatment!

    P-90 equipped pups got a true embossed raised letter Gibson logo!

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    The '72 Firebird is often refered to as the Medallion Firebird and their logo'd pickups look like this...

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    Hard to see right? Let's blow that mutha up a bit shall we??

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    Don't forget the still wild & weird looking '72 Gibson Recording Les Paul & their 1 guitar only pickup with logo!

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    And don't forget the Bass guitars pickup too in '72!

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    Ya Col, Gibson went through a lot of work to do all these logo's pickup covers man!
     
  20. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    I want a pair of those Gibson DE-bossed P-90 covers for me Epiphone now!
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