Help to identify this Gibson humbucker

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  1. ty webb

    ty webb Member

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    Hi!

    I was trying to find some info about this one, what have i found is that this could be a dirty figners or tim shaw pickup ?

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  2. dlmorley

    dlmorley Senior Member

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    Could be a Shaw or a T-Top. Possibly something else but not a dirty fingers.
    Someone with more knowledge will be able to tell, I'm sure!
     
  3. ty webb

    ty webb Member

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    Thanks! : )

    At the bottom of the pickup there is L - on the photo just top of the letter is visible. Never seen that on any that on another 2 737 842 while looking at google images.
     
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    dlmorley Senior Member

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    Is it possibly a T for Treble?
    If it is, they could be from a later series (which I know nothing about!)
     
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    hmm You could be right, it's hard to say if it were T, but that L just doesn't fit there hehe
     
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    Neither.

    Without at least a DC reading it's just not possible to identify it, as it could be a 490R, 490T, 498T, 496R or 500T.

    Being golden covered, most probably 490R if the polepiece spread is 1 15/16". If it's wider, either a 490T or 498T, depending on the DC reading.

    HTH,
     
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    without reading from meter and without taking cover of to see more details it will be impossible to pin down exactly what it is.
     
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    SKATTERBRANE Banned

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    I see a maple spacer, so it is not a Shaw.
     
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    I see what you mean, well spotted!!!!!!!!
    the Shaw's have the white plastic spacers
     
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    My guess it's one of the earliest 490R/498T pickups
     
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    yes you could be right Oranjeaap, could be one of the rare early 490's with the patent number base plate, 1990 was the transition year on 490's and some were made then with the patent number base plate.
     
  12. ty webb

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    That could be it! This pickup is from guitar that was made in 1992.
     
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    SKATTERBRANE Banned

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    I have even seen 57 Classics with that base plate.
     
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    ok the dc reading says: 13,44
     
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    SKATTERBRANE Banned

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    It has the DCR of a 498T but the pole spacing of a 490R??
     
  16. ty webb

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    It was taken off from orville by gibson 1992 explorer.
     
  17. LtKojak

    LtKojak Senior Member

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    The DC reading says it's most probably a 498T.

    I rest my case. ;)
     
  18. ty webb

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    Thanks!
     
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