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    Default Need Help Identifying These Pickups

    I am hoping someone can help me identify these pickups. I found a Les Paul copy in a junk shop and am just trying to figure out what I have. It is a bolt on neck so I am guessing something like Ibanez or some other Japanese copy. There are no markings in the neck pocket the only markings are the 159 10 on the pickups and the L.P. Brige stamped on the underside of the bridge. If anyone can help or point me in the correct direction to look I would greatly appreciate it.

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    Default Re: Need Help Identifying These Pickups

    I've seen those p'ups in quite a few Jap guitars from late '70s, early '80s and in some Korean Epiphones as well.

    As you can see, there's no solder holding the covers to the baseplate. That's because it's the wax holding everything together.

    Ceramic magnets, wound to 10K each, meaning 5,000 turns of AWG#43 in each bobbin, made of thin transparent plastic.

    Their only use is as fancy paperweights, but not in a hot summer day; the wax melts. And, no; I'm not joking.

    Consider yourself warned!

    /Peter
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    Default Re: Need Help Identifying These Pickups

    Quote Originally Posted by Discharged View Post
    I've seen those p'ups in quite a few Jap guitars from late '70s, early '80s and in some Korean Epiphones as well.

    As you can see, there's no solder holding the covers to the baseplate. That's because it's the wax holding everything together.

    Ceramic magnets, wound to 10K each, meaning 5,000 turns of AWG#43 in each bobbin, made of thin transparent plastic.

    Their only use is as fancy paperweights, but not in a hot summer day; the wax melts. And, no; I'm not joking.

    Consider yourself warned!

    /Peter

    Peter,

    Thank you for the information. I was not expecting much. The whole thing cost me $25.00 so I am going to try to find a neck for it, put it back together and see what happens.

    Michael

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    Default Re: Need Help Identifying These Pickups

    Quote Originally Posted by mwells14 View Post
    Peter,

    Thank you for the information.

    Michael
    You're welcome, Michael.

    /Peter
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