Help ID These 1976 SG Pickups

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  1. lakehaus

    lakehaus New Member

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    Just thought I'd share, cuz I've never seen these pickups from the back until a couple weeks ago when I swapped in some Sheptone Tribute PAFs (frickin' awesome tone!!!).

    I've owned this SG since new, and was never fully satisfied with the tone, but accepted it and managed. Then I R&R'd the tone pots and caps after one of the originals crapped out. RS Guitarworks provided the pots, and I got some Russian PIOs - great improvement, and really woke up these pickups. I didn't need to change out the pups, but I had these Sheps laying around, and well... I'm glad I changed them - now this SG is pure magic!

    I don't know what model these pickups are... they're Gibson alright, but I haven't seen anything like these. The neck measures 5.22 ohms, and the bridge is 7.20. It appears they're wax or epoxy potted with 2 conductor braided leads.

    Can anyone help ID these? Are they Gibson's "Super Humbuckers" from that era? Thanks

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  2. guitarweasel

    guitarweasel Well-Known Member

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    They're called "Blackbacks" due to the epoxied back and where found in the mid 70's Gibson's especially the Explorers. They later became known as "Dirty Fingers.
     
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    [quote author=guitarweasel link=topic=19591.msg237393#msg237393 date=1249646190]
    They're called "Blackbacks" due to the epoxied back and where found in the mid 70's Gibson's especially the Explorers. They later became known as "Dirty Fingers.
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    Blackbacks, huh?

    I thought the Dirty Fingers was a super hot output platform (16 ohms) with a full back plate and two rows of adjustable poles... these are like the other end of the spectrum...
     
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    Actually these are known as "Tarbacks" and are pretty typical post PAF 'buckers....now those early "Dirty Fingers" are a whole 'nuther story ! ;)
     
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    Super hums say "Super Humbucker" on the back with a printed circuit-type pic and are very high output. I had a couple of regular mid-late '70s T-Tops that had the manf dates ink stamped on them. I have not had any pups like yours. Those are like'72-'75ish.
     

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