Help me ID these mystery humbuckers!

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  1. kakerlak

    kakerlak Senior Member

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    So, I've had this pair of pickups in a one-off hollowbody since the late '90s and I've never been able to identify them. They sound fantastic -- super articulate and touch-sensitive. They were in a beat up Norlin LPC that a local Fort Worth guitar store was selling somewhere around '98-99. They swapped in three new pickups for the Gibson and sold me these mystery units for $40. That's about all the backstory I have -- the covers looked worn about like they do now back when I got them. If I had to guess, I'd bet they were from the '70s-80s. The bottoms look like they've got slug poles of varied height on each coil and maybe skinny bar magnets across them. Bottoms are sealed in a kind of semi-hard rubbery substance. Seems more like that tool handle stuff than epoxy. 20170813_025229.jpg 20170813_024313.jpg 20170813_024747.jpg 20170813_024747.jpg 20170813_024741.jpg 20170813_024756.jpg 20170813_025118.jpg 20170813_025125_Burst01.jpg 20170813_025152.jpg 20170813_025204.jpg 20170813_024320.jpg 20170813_025134.jpg 20170813_025143.jpg
     

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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    No-pole Tarbacks like Gibson used in the LS6 in the 70's.

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    The ones I've seen have square feet, not rounded off like yours. However, looking at the routes in your guitar, it looks like that was probably done to help them fit in yours.
     
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    kakerlak Senior Member

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    Lol, well that was easy! Corners were triangular when I got them, so I always thought they were something other than those. Looking back through some pictures online, they sure look like a match everywhere else. I always wondered how much was the pickup and how much the guitar -- it sounds really unique, but construction is pretty unusual.
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    They may not be lookers (certainly not from the back - gag/vomit!) but I actually like double slug design humbuckers. The double slug arrangement was one of Seth Lover's original humbucker designs. I can near-guarantee that's not why Gibson put them in the LS6, though. Just speculation, but I think it's safe to bet that the low end guitars got those to save the adjustable pole piece "selling feature" for the more expensive instruments. ...but, hey, you win at Norlin Corp's expense!

    They aren't generally considered desirable or repairable (though greater feats have been accomplished) so rock 'em till they rot!

    Did you get the third one out of that Custom, also?
     
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    Nah, the third one was something else (memory fails) super distortion or something like that. The guitar these are in now is fully hollow, all carved, all mahogany, with the center section carved maybe .75" thick the whole width across what would ordinarily be the area between braces in a traditional archtop. 15th fret neck joint, like 2" rim depth, barney Kessel style double cut. Real jumpy and lively unplugged, but with a ropey kind of rebound to it. Both pickups are slammed as far apart from each other as they'll go (right up against the fretboard and bridge). It's super sweet, deep and pretty sounding at the neck and bright and snappy at the bridge, with a nice honky middle position. It's a funky guitar, but man does it sound good. Stupid, but I always find myself liking Lawrence pickups.
     
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