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Unread 09-10-2006, 01:35 AM   #1
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"humbucker" fun!

for your viewing pleasure...this is an import "humbucker"...that is, a single coil in a humbucker casing.

I didn't know if anyone wanted to see this, but here it is.

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Unread 09-10-2006, 05:21 AM   #2
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Ha, what is that from?
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Unread 09-10-2006, 06:55 AM   #3
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Need some more pics. I can't see any coil or how it's wrapped.
Looks like nothing but covers and a possible bobbin form as well
as other parts. Wouldn't surprise me if this were out of some old
asian import where it was cheaper to stick a single coil in a humbucker
housing. Thankfully the days of really really bad imported guitars is
pretty much over. I'll bite. Where did you get this pickup from?
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This came out of a Montaya Les Paul Copy. From what I've been able to gather, it's an older Korean guitar, probably from the 1970s, and it literally looks to be made out of plywood.

The white plastic thing in the center top of the picture is the coil. the bobbin is in the upper right, and the foam that took up the rest of the space in the humbucker case is below it.

The bobbin is really weird looking. It's a metal piece (what you see in the picture) on top of two long ceramic magnets. On the top of the metal piece are screw holes where the bobbin is attached to the top of the casing.
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Unread 09-10-2006, 05:13 PM   #5
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That's just sad.
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That looks very similar to what an ex coworker pulled out of his gibson melody maker reissue he got off of craigslist.
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Unread 09-10-2006, 09:43 PM   #7
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I wonder if that might be a MIJ guitar.... That pickup looks like some I replaced on a couple mid-70's MIJ's. They are really awful pickups - ultra-weak output, and absurdly microphonic. Both the ones I pulled 'em out of were solid mahogany (pretty sure Honduras), and sounded absolutely wonderful, like vintage Gibbys, after I changed the pickups. I have wondered if maybe they used magnets that lost their strength (they are 30 years old....) and maybe sounded decent or passable when new. If they weren't so microphonic, I might have even tried to add another magnet to them to see if that would improve them to where they might have a P90-ish sort of thang. Some of the pickups used in MIJ's from that era have a reputation for sounding great... those sure don't.

That's a bolt-on neck? Is it a 3-piece maple or mahogany?
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the neck is bolt on, I don't know what it's made out of this came out of the same guitar as my LP Copy project, which I've been told is MIK and from looking inside the body, it appears to be plywood
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Mmmm... plywood...
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Unread 09-13-2006, 04:14 PM   #10
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It's an interesting bit of cleverness on the part of whoever was at
least trying to copy the cosmetics of a Gibson humbucker. I almost
wonder if it was part of the whole Vietnam era of clever but cheap
copies of american guitars made in the Phillipines. A lot of servicemen
came back with some very interesting copies of american guitars to say
the least.
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Unread 09-14-2006, 05:27 PM   #11
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This came out of a Montaya Les Paul Copy.
My bro had one of those years ago. I remember taking the pickup apart. Classic.
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