Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by blkdog8, Dec 13, 2019.
Just looking to identify these pickups..
Mini humbuckers. Need to pull them out to see what model they actually are.
Thanks for that.
Looks like the stock ones? I know the SGI and SGII have similar ones but without exposed pole pieces. In fact those might be single coils, but they're potted in some kind of epoxy resin. Yours may be too.
This is from 1973 apparently:
I have a 1973 SG Special, with the minihums. They are unpotted so if conditions are so...they will squeal....but you just need to adjust you position in relation to the amp. etc. Great pickups....love 'em. Like the harmonica bridge also....it's all good.
Nice axe, Daniel S is correct, they are mini-hums.
No, in fact they are not. The position of the pole pieces is the giveaway.
Neck pickup with screws above the centerline is a minihumbucker.
Bridge, with centerline screws is a P90.
Neck: P-90 (single coil)
Bridge: Hum-Cancelling P-90 (stacked coils)
I have yet to try one of those. Does it still sound like a P90?
Was referring to the similar pickups on the SGI and II models. I'm hip to pickup technology, don't worry.
To my ears it sounds like a P-90 with stacked coils.
I think the best way to describe it is that it has its own characteristics to where it neither sounds like a single coil P-90 nor a PAF style Humbucker.
I wanted a solution that did not require hacking up the guitar by routing the bridge for a full-size Humbucker and wanted to keep the guitar looking stock. I discovered the Kinman Zero-Hum P-90.
Using a stock P-90 at the neck for cleans and a Kinman Zero-Hum P-90 at the bridge for hi gain use gives me the best of both worlds.
It looks to me like the catalog page above references a “new Humbucking Pickup” for the SGI and SGII.
I don`t own the guitar yet, but he has it as a SG Standard which is why I was asking as I have a 73 Standard with standard t-tops, but it seems exactly the same as yours which is a Special but with the inlays is what threw me as I thought the had dot inlays.. Nice guitar by the way.
The early versions of this generation Special had dots, but switched to small block inlays in mid-1973:
Mini-hums means it is a Special and the seller is wrong.
Confusing stuff at the time because the Standard also had an unbound fretboard for a while as well.
Thanks for that clarification and link, explains it nicely.
My 73 has the unbound ebony board.
Cheers, and thanks for everyones help ...
The unbound fretboard on both the Specials and the Standard are ebony. Here is a SG Special and a SG Standard from 1974ish, both with unbound ebony fretboards.
02 74 SG Special Front Closeup by Steve D posted Dec 14, 2019 at 9:11 PM
1974 SG Standard by Steve D posted Dec 14, 2019 at 9:11 PM
The Specials are all Rosewood. If you look closely at the FB on that one, you can see the grain is too open for Ebony. They may have stained them to look darker.
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