Epiphone pickup identification

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  1. jklinge

    jklinge Junior Member

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    Hi,

    After reading good things about the Probucker Epiphone pickups I bought a pair from a Chinese seller. The images in the listing was sort of confusing with some showing two ProBucker pickups and some showing one Alnico Classic PRO and one Probucker. I asked the seller if he could deliver zebra colored pickups with both the neck and bridge pickups being Probuckers. He confirmed he could and I ordered a pair.

    Now they have arrived and this is how they look:
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    Since there are no product number stickers on the back I find it hard to tell what pickups these really are. I measured the resistance values of the pickups and this is what i found.

    (What I guess is the) Neck pickup
    7.76 kOhm (split coils 3.89/3.86 kOhm)

    (What I guess is the) Bridge pickup
    8.71 kOhm (split coils 4.48/4.26 kOhm)

    I read some posts on forums covering resistance values on Epiphone pickups. Nothing is matching perfectly but the neck seems pretty close to the values for a Alnico Classic PRO neck.

    So my questions:
    - are these likely to be genuine?
    - given the resistance values what models is it that I got?
     
  2. LtKojak

    LtKojak Senior Member

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    Most probably you got an Anico Classic Pro (7.76K) and a Probucker 3 (8.71).

    HTH,
     
  3. jklinge

    jklinge Junior Member

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    I thought the Alnico Classic PRO would be inferior to the Probucker. But after reading opinons (some of them yours :) ) on forums - maybe it is not a bad thing if one is an Alnico Classic Pro!
     
  4. kiko

    kiko Senior Member

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    Alnico classic pro are good but I've tried an SG with the probucker and it sounded very good.

    BTW, I thought Ephiphone does not sell pickups individually?
     
  5. LtKojak

    LtKojak Senior Member

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    The Alnico classic PRO and the Probucker 2 and 3 are ALL Probuckers.

    It is indeed NOT. I personally prefer the Alnico Classic PRO over the Probucker 2 on the neck position. It's clearer, more articulated and definately less mud-prone. I think the Probucker 2 more as a bridge p'up than a neck p'up. I favor an A3 in the neck rather than the stock A2.

    The Probucker 3 is a darker wind, but it works pretty well in the bridge position, specially in Classic Rock music.

    HTH,
     
  6. LtKojak

    LtKojak Senior Member

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    Thay don't. Hopefully, these come from the actual factory that manufacture'em for Epiphone, but it's essentially an under-the-table, rip-off thing.

    HTH,
     
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  7. jklinge

    jklinge Junior Member

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    The ones I bought look like they have been taken out of an existing guitar. The plastic covers on the front have clearly been taken off and put back on. And I think that Epiphone has some kind of "quick connect" system on recent guitars, if so these terminals have been cut off as well. But I agree - it's certainly an under-the-table-thing.

    Have been looking for these pickups at the second-hand auction sites locally for a while. They have been around for some years so I expected to find lots of people selling them - but to my surprise I didn't find any..
     

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