Weird black humbuckers on early 70's SG.

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  1. Tom C

    Tom C New Member

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    I have been curious about the pick ups on my first SG. They wedre black plastic and I thought I was misremembering P-90's but I saw the black plastic mini humbuckers on another 70's SG, so I know I remembered them correctly. Anyone know about these Pups?
     
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    Besides you, you mean?
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    Yeah, common as dirt in the 70s.
     
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    They were Tarback mini humbuckers. I used to have a 72 SG III.
     
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    Gibson under Norlin "management" did a lot of weird things to the SG design in the early '70s,
    and it took them a few years to undo all the mistakes and restore SGs
    to the way most players want them.

    Some of them had the minis described by Shreddy above, some had
    a strange single coil type, never seen before or after, some had T-Top
    hum buckers...
    Gibson 1971 SG 1.jpg
    Gibson 1971 SG 100.jpg
    These oddball guitars remain curiosities, but they are about the only 'Vintage" instruments that most of us will ever even see... let alone be able to touch and/or play ...and perhaps buy.

    One of the best of the early '70s SGs might be the '71 Standard...
    Maestro trem, T-Top hum buckers with "Gibson" on the covers,
    batwing P/G, block inlays, witch hat knobs... hard to beat.
    Gibson 1971 SG Std.jpg
    Anyone who's interested ought to buy Tony Bacon's
    "The SG Guitar Book" which is packed with great photos and inside
    info on SGs down the years and the rockers who've chosen to play them.
     
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    This was my main electric guitar for many years. 1975 SG II. They are mini humbuckers, I think they were designed around 1972 for the new SG I, II and III models. Quite jangly and single coil-like. Nice but different.

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    that's a beauty, and it looks like it's been played a lot
    and earned its keep with music.

    Love the wrap over bridge.
     
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    It sure is well loved. Butt ugly cool. We've been through a lot together.
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong but that bridge looks to me like an original designed for a wound G string - don't you find intonation a bit off on the G string? I have an SG-1 and found it impossible to intonate properly with the original bridge and had to get a modern wraparound bridge designed for a plain G string - it worked perfectly after that.
     
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    You are right. That's the original bridge. Intonation with an unwound G is off. Since the pic was taken I have replaced it with a repro compensated for an unwound G. Intonation is a funny thing, though. You learn to compensate quite a lot in your playing. By varying finger pressure, bending slightly in the right places etc., you make it sound fine anyway. But the repro bridge is better anyhow!
     
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    um, no.solid plastic mini humbuckers are common as dirt. i had 2 last year( an sg I & II.. these adjustable pole pcs are ultra rare. bouht one today. a 73.. has earlier specs. pearl logo, rear loaded pots.. very cool. and -----no not tar backs.most minis were decal pat # pickups and sounded fantastic. not thin.
     
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    Like many have stated, they are not weird or unusual. MANY Gibs out ther with these delicious Mini Hums, and they are NOTHING but kick ass!
     
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    I found the bridge pickup on my SG III was kind of anemic. But the neck... Hoo boy! (My appreciation of different pickups has evolved since I had that guitar so who knows what I would think today)
    The SG I, II and III had plastic covered Tarbacks with no pole pieces. I had a 74 Standard with Tarbacks and my SG III had the same black epoxy potting its pickups.
     

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