What's this neck pickup (Clem Clemson)

mcknigs

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Stumbled across this video of Humble Pie playing Honkey Tonk Woman in 1972. The neck pickup in Clem Clemson's Les Paul is apparently some sort of single coil P-90ish thing. I can't get a good look at the bridge pup to see whether it's a match.

See 1:55 here:

Here are some stills:

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Dana Olsen

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Rick's right - that's a classic "staple head" neck pickup, stock on a late '55 or '56 LP Custom. Paired with a P-90 at the bridge. Some of them are amazing guitars, and they're one of my personal faves. Gibson started the first humbuckers in '57, they were 2 x P-90's from '52 to '55 ish, and staple head neck and P-90 bridge in late '55 - '56, more or less.

Sounds pretty damn good, huh?

Thanks, Dana O.
 

mcknigs

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Rick's right - that's a classic "staple head" neck pickup, stock on a late '55 or '56 LP Custom. Paired with a P-90 at the bridge. Some of them are amazing guitars, and they're one of my personal faves. Gibson started the first humbuckers in '57, they were 2 x P-90's from '52 to '55 ish, and staple head neck and P-90 bridge in late '55 - '56, more or less.

Sounds pretty damn good, huh?

Thanks, Dana O.

Sounds good, but then it's Clem Clemson too. :)

From the link Rick supplied I can't really get a good look at the top of pickup. Were the pole pieces always as high as in Clemson video? Or is his missing a cover?
 

RickC

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I owned one of these and the pole pieces on mine were not quite that high. I think it was a common thing for rock and rollers (like Clem) to crank them up for maximum output.

/rick
 




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