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.Damn good question,brother.....
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.There’s some pretty good “ top “ replicas being wound out there, y’all would think that Gibson would maybe notice that. Just my 2cents
Totally agree, the pickups in my 72 Custom (see Avatar) sounded like sh#* so i replaced them, but kept them for when i sold itAnybody who remotely believes a t-top and a PAF are anywhere near the same league needs their EARS examined by a professional..
T-tops are obnoxiously middy pickups that have the ability to make a normally good sounding tube amp sound like SH1T. You certainly cannot hurt the tone or lack of, by magnet swapping.
Yes there are guitar heroes who made good records with them, and like PAFs all are not created equal but for the most part, they are just run of the mill midrangey and honky sounding junk that Gibson mass produced as cheaply as humanly possible. Kills me when I see ppl glorifying the worst sounding pickups Gibson/Norlin ever made, JUST because they are "Vintage." What is it about old that makes people think they should sound good because they are old? I don't get it. Most of them sounded like sh1t when they were new, and time hasn't magically transformed them into anything better.
I guess I got spoiled by real PAFs over the years, and you can rag on me if you want to but any serious player that has ever owned real PAFs will take one look at a t-top and toss the bitch into the garbage. There's nothing you can do to fix one except rewind it and you might as well start with a mojotone bobbin and make a whole new pickup for that matter.
I'd take an early non-stamped pat sticker t-top and rewind it, the steel in the slugs and screws before about 1966 is different, it would make a right cool PAF clone, but that's the one single thing an early t-top has going for it.
Mag swap it! Can't possibly hurt it!
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.490 humbuckers, still very similar to T-Tops in construction and even a bit in tone, especially after magnet swap.
Damn good question,brother.....
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
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!Yeah, I actually like T-Tops. 57s not so much.