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Discussion in 'Pickups' started by crosstownblues, Apr 23, 2013.
Damn good question,brother.....
I'm thinking low wind pickups, like custombuckers - but, with short magnets?
I know, right? I mean I get that they aren't for everybody...but for folks looking for crunch that plays extremely well with MV amps and distortion pedals, it's my favourite. The music made with T-Tops is legendary, I can't see why people wouldn't want that for themselves.
There’s some pretty good “ top “ replicas being wound out there, y’all would think that Gibson would maybe notice that. Just my 2cents
Craig Vineham's '6070' and '6070 Classic' are magnificent! I've heard others gush over their ReWind and ECP T-Top clones as well. I luv RAWK, from the 60's to the present and I find they are perfect for everything I like to play and cover.
490 humbuckers, still very similar to T-Tops in construction and even a bit in tone, especially after magnet swap.
I started putting long A-4 ThroBak magnets in T-Tops back in 2014. I think I have like 6 or 7 T-Tops. Certainly not a PAF(I have a few of those) but still and really nice sounding pickup! The problem with T-Tops is they use either short A-2's or short A-5's that are either very strong or very weak. I have a nice gauss meter and can attest to their magnetic shortcomings.. I have a T-Top in the neck of a `63 reissue block inlay ES-335TDC (very late 2014) and an early Pat.# in the bridge. Only difference between the Pat.# and a PAF is the decal. Identical for all intense purposes.
Totally agree, the pickups in my 72 Custom (see Avatar) sounded like sh#* so i replaced them, but kept them for when i sold it
After many years, i decided to buy a Lollar T-Top, for another LP of mine, thinking with the passage of time things may be different, but alas, not to be, and i got rid of it the next day.
PAF style pickups with A2 mags are IMO the true Gibbo sound, especially SD CS Pearly gates !
57 Classics of course
I have to strongly disagree with this statement. This is an urban legend based on sheer hearsay that simply refuses to die. Both p'ups are tonally almost polar opposites. T-Tops are bright, crisp and snappy, 490Rs are wooly and sweet, even after the short A5 mag swap.
Be careful... irony doesn't get across wery well in forums.
Yeah, for crunch, it has all the appeal of warm yogurt.
Yeah, I actually like T-Tops. 57s not so much.
T-top (Patent No sticker) -- Patent No -- Timbucker
Let me just pop in here and say that Dave from Sigil made me a custom 53mm hummer for my Lester recently that is the definition of T-Top!
Fits what Dougie said to a tee! Honky, brash, loud mid-range and without much prettiness compared to my Shaws.
But in the middle with the Shaw neck the chime is sublime! It's my favorite position now.
Cranked it sounds really good with lots of power and string separation.
Even my band mates looked over in surprise a couple times when I cranked it up. They liked how it sounded too. Raw and raucous like a vintage Les Paul should sound. It makes a statement!
But it is no pretty thing by itself for sure, but cranked its like a chainsaw!
And he made it from Mojotone parts I provided. Purely an experiment. Amazing results!
20171113_104450 by DarrellV posted Nov 13, 2017 at 10:55 AM
20171230_121031 by DarrellV posted Dec 30, 2017 at 1:24 PM
53mm Not-Shaw by DarrellV posted Dec 28, 2017 at 1:40 PM
20171230_125501 by DarrellV posted Dec 30, 2017 at 1:30 PM
I believe somebody with great t top replicas is brandonwound pickups. He even uses actual real t top bobbins. Now i don't have any experience with his t tops but i do with his PAT# in my sg standard. Those are some of the clearest crisp and touch sensitive pickups I've ever played. They sound really good and people rave about his t top clones.