What are these pickups?

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  1. Jeff Bowen

    Jeff Bowen New Member

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    I am the original owner of a '72 SG standard. I have had pickups in and our of this and my 335. I no longer know what these JB_SG_PU_SM3.png JB_SG_PU_SM2.png are. The teflon jacket on the one confuses me.
     

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  2. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    The stock pickups of the day were called T-tops.
    They were similar to the earlier PAF pickups, but wound on machines
    that were much more uniform. In those days, Gibson designers and
    engineers thought that variations in output from Gibson pickups was
    a bad thing. So they 'standardized" the number of windings, trying to
    make the output all the same for everyone.

    Clueless to the fact that guys thought the variations in windings on
    PAF pickups was a good thing. *shrugs

    Later Gibson pickups were 'wax Potted" to prevent feedback and
    microphonics at high levels of gain and output. These acquired the name
    "Tarbacks." Your neck pickup looks like a Tarback, and the one with what
    looks like a PAF sticker might be a T-Top.

    But if you've changed them, then you'd be the only one with a clue
    to their real identity. Makers of aftermarket p'ups could easily wax pot them, or stick stickers on them. Other members who are familiar with
    DiMarzio and Seymour Duncan p'ups might recognize these photos.

    That's a lovely old SG anyway.
     
  3. Gahr

    Gahr Well-Known Member

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    Like Col. says, the neck pickup seems to be a tarback, and the bridge is a T-Top. I think Gibson used jacketed leads on their pickups on and off in the years between 1969 and 1972. I just got my hands on two T-Tops with jacketed leads. I’m going to put them in an SG. Great pups!
     
  4. flognoth

    flognoth Active Member

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    I believe Tarbacks were epoxy potted not wax potted.
     
  5. Jeff Bowen

    Jeff Bowen New Member

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    Thanks to all of you for the help.
     
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