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al be

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What pups were put in the standards by year of mfg? here's my '91 Standard. I notice 2 little cracks in the base around the bridge pup. Ilike original. Not sure how to know what is original.
 

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Most probably the 498T and 490R. They're still about btw, as mismatched tonally as ever.

And if thats your guitar then its SUPER clean. Can't see any cracks - I'm assuming you mean some checking.....this can often start from stress points like where hardware is bolted on and there is compressing pressure.
 

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Yup it's mine ARandall. I will get a few closeups of what I'm referring to. My bad, the pic doesn't show them. Meanwhile what pickups would you recommend? Thank you for your help.
 

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Depends what you're after really. The originals are geared for hard rock - a fatter bridge with screaming highs and the neck for woman tone without trying.

If you are looking for something like what would have been found on the vintage LP's, then we have an incredible amount of talented winders that hang out on this forum who specialise in just this field. I have got some great examples of pure vintage tone from both ReWind and Electriccitypickups.....both without spending a whole heap of $$$. Wizz and Throbak go the extra mile for pure vintage looks as well as tone but are a bit more pricey.
Zhangbucker I've used too if you want something which is just slightly more powerful than vintage but still nice and vintage tonally.

If you want something from the big players that you can buy straight away then its hard to go past Seth lovers from Duncan.
 

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Yup it's mine ARandall. I will get a few closeups of what I'm referring to. My bad, the pic doesn't show them. Meanwhile what pickups would you recommend? Thank you for your help.

Is it possible to just replace the plastic piece w/ the 6 screws in it surrounding the pickups?
 

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Yes, these are pickup rings. There are gibson historic ones certainly that will be a perfect fit.......then you have generic ones like allparts etc - some of these can be dicey as they are not necessarily designed with a gibby pickguard in mind, and might be too wide/long.

The historic rings are taller, so your pickups tend to sit flush with the top of the ring. There are probably stock cream Gibson rings about too.
 

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Ahh thanks again man. I'm at Seymour Duncan's site right now! Looking at the antiquity's.
 

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While your there check out the Joe Bonamassa set and the Whole Lotta Humbucker set.
 

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I had a dec. `91 LP std. which came with the Classic `57 set.
 

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Is it possible to just replace the plastic piece w/ the 6 screws in it surrounding the pickups?

Yup , I would measure the ring first to know which type are correct for the guitar. Gibson makes 2 different types . USA , and Historic . I'm not so sure Historics are the correct 1's .
 

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Thank s guys for your help. Sure glad I found this forum!

Cheers -al
 

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