Help identifying PAF

therealmf

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Hi there,
I am trying to identify this PAF pickup. What I've found out so far:
- patent no. stamped into baseplate started 1974
- L shape tool marks on both feet
- 2-braided wire

Still, I don't know what type of pickup that is and what it might be going for. Can someone help me?
Thanks!

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Not a PAF, need more pics and what's the readout?
 

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What he said. Plus what's with all the older members with hardly any posts?
 

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It’s a patent number stamped baseplate with two conductor wiring.

That’s all anyone can say from that photo without speculation.

The cover has been off. Nobody knows what’s inside. Could be a 70’s T-Top. Could be some other late-70’s or early 80’s humbucker design. Could be some badly rewound coils or spare parts. Could be a pack of bubblegum. We can’t know without seeing clear details of the insides, since the cover has been removed and that particular baseplate never indicated a specific model, even if the cover wasn’t removed, in this case.
 

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Bubblegum pickups were an 80s thing.
 

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Those ink stamped numbers are typical of the 80's Shaw era. The short leg baseplate I think was Shaw era too.
 

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The short leg baseplate I think was Shaw era too.
It looks like someone cut those legs short with a pair of pliers and a hacksaw. Still, I wouldn't bet my house that the hack job wasn't done at the factory. They did have some uglies, back then. It's a pretty rough example, though, and I wouldn't buy it for $50 from the OP's photo.

Here's some short leg Shaws:
 

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Plastic spacer = Shaws & (late) T tops (?) Possibly, based on pic, short magnet- which would also steer me towards T tops. But I'm not 100% versed on Shaw construction (though I had guitars with them BITD)
 

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Plastic spacer = Shaws & (late) T tops (?) Possibly, based on pic, short magnet- which would also steer me towards T tops. But I'm not 100% versed on Shaw construction (though I had guitars with them BITD)
Thanks a lot - is there any way to further confirm what that pickup is? Sorry, I am not an expert in these things but I would of course like to know if that pickups is something valuable...
 

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Thanks a lot - is there any way to further confirm what that pickup is?
The square in circle hole in the top of the bobbins means its a Shaw bobbin. As it makes zero sense during a transition time to keep winding the old pickup design on new bobbins then this make it a Shaw coil too.
 

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The square in circle hole in the top of the bobbins means its a Shaw bobbin. As it makes zero sense during a transition time to keep winding the old pickup design on new bobbins then this make it a Shaw coil too.
Ok but I think this pu doesn’t have the “square in circle” holes...or am I missing something?
 

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Yes, you're missing something.

The two holes at the top of the bobbin of the pic you supplied in post #10
 

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Are you talking of the red part visible through the hole? I do see something red underneath the hole and I've recognized that on other Shaw Pus as well. I just thought "square in a circle" meant a square cutout?

edit: sorry, I feel a little stupid. But I am really thankful that you're willing to educate me on this.
 

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The 'square in a circle' is because inside the circle hole there is a square hole.
 


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