Shaw era minis

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  1. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    Bought a mini off the 'bay which was made near at the end of the Deluxe era. It has the pat stamped baseplate but with the Shaw format ink stamp. Manufacture date is Jan 81.
    I'm just wondering if any of the Shaw features like the magnet type or copper penny wire also were used on this era mini??
     
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    DarrellV Murry Chrirstmers to earl! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    I'm not the definitive authority on these AR, but during my research on my own I seem to recall at least a mention of the possibility. The odds seem to be against it so far...

    I see others are asking the same thing...

    From a manufacturing standpoint it would make sense if that was the wire they had in stock and on the machines, and they had bins of the rough magnets.

    Gibson did the same with making mini versions of the original PAF's in the 60's if I'm not mistaken. So why not in the Shaw recreations?

    Can you get a DCR just to see if it's in the 7K area like the others?

    Would be nice if you could take the covers off.
     
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    I have had a couple of sets with the shaw stamps but have never been able to find concrete evidence that he wound them etc. etc.

    I will say that he did dirty fingers (first, actually) so it makes sense.....but who knows.

    I find them to vary pretty widely......most tend to be in the 6 range....
     
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    According to one source he also did the short lived Velvet Brick...
     
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    Not that I have ever heard....I thought the brick was Bill Lawrence?
     
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    the first link is blocked at my work, and the second is so vague that I would not put any stock in it...guy never says that Tim said he made the VB....also the readings and pics go to it being a classic regular shaw humbucker on a dirty finger base-plate (that a LOT of the early ones had)......

    You also have to remember that this was just another job for TS at the time, he did not know he would be "quizzed" for years to come and did not keep up with a lot of it.......

    If you want proof of that, there are several interviews where TS says 100% that they never ever used a set of T-top bobbins even when winding his first and earliest pick-ups......something that I know is incorrect, because I have seen them...about 3 sets so far.

    I will look at he first link this even after I cut the leaves that have become my yard.....
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:

    Thanks again, Lee!

    So it could be another urban legend...

    FWIW Seymore duncan's forum has a conversation about them too in which they claim Tim made them...

    I know, if a hundred people agree on a bad idea, its still a bad idea....
     
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    Thanks for all the input.......

    It kinda goes along with the way my thoughts were headed. One other point perhaps is that the Tarback was still in production too - and there could well have been stocks of wire for that pickup which probably would have had the same insulation as T-tops.

    Once the pickup is in I will see whether it is openable - it probably needs a longer hookup wire so thats one reason to do it.
     
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    I'll be watching......:fingersx:
     

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