To T-Top or not?

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  1. bulletproof

    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Damn good question,brother.....
     
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  2. crosstownblues

    crosstownblues Wraptail Fan Premium Member

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    I'm thinking low wind pickups, like custombuckers - but, with short magnets?
     
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  3. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    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.
     
  4. bulletproof

    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    There’s some pretty good “ top “ replicas being wound out there, y’all would think that Gibson would maybe notice that. Just my 2cents:laugh2:
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    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.
     
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    Progrocker111 Senior Member

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    490 humbuckers, still very similar to T-Tops in construction and even a bit in tone, especially after magnet swap.
     
  7. TM1

    TM1 Senior Member

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    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.
     
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    AJK1 Senior Member

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    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.
    Horrible
    PAF style pickups with A2 mags are IMO the true Gibbo sound, especially SD CS Pearly gates !
     
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  9. CheopisIV

    CheopisIV Copper Slinger MLP Vendor

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    57 Classics of course ;)
     
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    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.
     
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    LtKojak Senior Member

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    Be careful... irony doesn't get across wery well in forums.
     
  12. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Yeah, for crunch, it has all the appeal of warm yogurt.
     
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    CheopisIV Copper Slinger MLP Vendor

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    Yeah, I actually like T-Tops. 57s not so much.
     
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    T-top (Patent No sticker) -- Patent No -- Timbucker
     
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  15. DarrellV

    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    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!
     
  16. bassmannlespaulman

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    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.
     
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