Deleted

cooljuk

Transducer Producer
Joined
Mar 11, 2009
Messages
17,570
Reaction score
26,574
Asian guitar builders used some of the same or very similar pickup parts as Gibson in the 70s and 80s. You'll find those T bobbins, same ones with the HPI logo and all, in Arias and others. Metric tapped threads are appropriate for the mounting screws in non-US guitars. You could have a mix of original and non-original parts among the two pickups.

Gray hookup leads are also typical for late 70's / early 80's patent stamp baseplate pickups.

Do you love the sound of THAT pickup compared to other similar T-Tops, or is it just the only late 70's / early 80's T-Top you've heard in that guitar and any other one would do just as well?

If the latter, I wouldn't sink money into a repair. I'd play it until it fails, then replace it. The cost of repairing is greater than the monetary value of the pickup or buying another patent stamp baseplate T-Top, which are still widely available in much better condition.
 

Albatros1234

Junior Member
Joined
Dec 23, 2021
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
I just last week bought a 1970s japanese lp copy, project guitar. I was hoping for humbuckers like the ones in my late 60s univox because I could tell this was a Matsumoku built LP copy which made univox, aria, and many more. When I got it I took it apart and looked at the pickups. One is half of a T-top. I noticed the crusty pat number sticker then flipped over took off the nickel cover and sure enough I have half of a T-top. It is the slug coil not the adjustable p.p. coil that is why I am here I googled T-Top repaired and it led me here.i don't know if I should sell it for a couple bucks to someone who needs one coil a base and a cover or try to resurrect the thing myself. Any advice?
 

cooljuk

Transducer Producer
Joined
Mar 11, 2009
Messages
17,570
Reaction score
26,574
I just last week bought a 1970s japanese lp copy, project guitar. I was hoping for humbuckers like the ones in my late 60s univox because I could tell this was a Matsumoku built LP copy which made univox, aria, and many more. When I got it I took it apart and looked at the pickups. One is half of a T-top. I noticed the crusty pat number sticker then flipped over took off the nickel cover and sure enough I have half of a T-top. It is the slug coil not the adjustable p.p. coil that is why I am here I googled T-Top repaired and it led me here.i don't know if I should sell it for a couple bucks to someone who needs one coil a base and a cover or try to resurrect the thing myself. Any advice?

If it's not a Gibson-made T-Top, and just an Asian-made pickup using a bobbin with the same marking, it's not going to have the value / draw of interest. If the pickup is original to the guitar, best to just leave it with the guitar, as is. Even the most desirable Gibson-made early patent-number-decal T-Tops are not very expensive on the used market and not worth parting out an original guitar over.
 

Albatros1234

Junior Member
Joined
Dec 23, 2021
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
If it's not a Gibson-made T-Top, and just an Asian-made pickup using a bobbin with the same marking, it's not going to have the value / draw of interest. If the pickup is original to the guitar, best to just leave it with the guitar, as is. Even the most desirable Gibson-made early patent-number-decal T-Tops are not very expensive on the used market and not worth parting out an original guitar over.
It is not original to the guitar, I could tell immediately by the butchered electronics and solder job, the pickups don't even match, this one has a Gibson " Patent Number" sticker on it, a rough cast Alnico magnet, that metallic silver fish type lead that Gibson pickups had asa well as a T-Top bobbin. I assume that one coil shorted and someone put it in to make a single coil. The other pickup also appears to have been turned from a h.b. to a single coil as well. No telling when or why but this appears to be half of a vintage Gibson pickup to me.
 

Latest Threads



Top