Who likes Gibson "T" tops???

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  1. Mike9

    Mike9 Supporting Member

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    I've had a couple of sets, but always sold them off. Just curious as to why they are considered "boutique" nowadays.
     
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    I love T-tops. Really clear and articulate sound (probably due to the low output design). The "boutique" status is simply that the pickups are now considered old (or is that vintage? LOL).
     
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    Is that the one with 2 rows of poles? I have an 81 ES347 that has killer pups in it, but they look like a standard HB from the covers.
     
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    didn't jimmy page have one in the bridge of his les paul?
     
  5. Mike9

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    I sold them years ago because they were low output - DOH!!! It's amazing how much we learn as we mature . . . oh well live and learn.

    I believe the double row screws are the "Dirty Fingers" at least the pairs I had were. Page had a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge of one of his LP's.
     
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    I have a set in my 84 SG. I love them and will never swap em out.
     
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    Had 'em - loved 'em. Miss 'em? a bit . . gearing up for WCRs tho'!
     
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    T-Tops from the '60's/early '70's with the pat. sticker on the back are outstanding pickups.
     
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    I think they are same kind of pickups in The Edge's Explorer -- one of his first guitars, and the one he still goes back to for those early sounds. Adam Clayton said words to the effect "Nothing else sounds like that thing..."
     
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    i find them a bit weak for bridge pickups (low 7ks usually) but they make great neck pickups with something a little stronger in the bridge.
     
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    Have them in my '66 ES-335. Excellent sounding pickups, maybe my favorite humbuckers so far. Smooth and hot sounding, yet they are clear and well-defined at the same time. Most other HBs I try out are higher output, don't work as well for me.
     
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    I put one in the bridge of a mystery, nice, set neck early seventies V I repaired and refinished (green) and bigsbyfied.

    It seemed an appropriate hommage, given the age of the instrument, and it was relitively cheap at the time ($120 CDN, probably about $85 US at the time)

    it is quite low output compared to the 500T that I was more used to in my 90's V's, and in some respects that's nice, but I always feel like I'm fighting with low output pickups, probably because I am more used to something hotter.

    I think I've heard better low output pickups. I like the new Classic 57's that are showig up on some contemporary instruments. Also, I have an early 81 Dot 335 and recently aquired a 81 Moderne, both of which are reputed to be equiped with shawbuckers...these are good sounding pickups, and I believe they are not terribly hot sounding. I don't notice that as much.
     
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    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    Got 4 guitars with t-tops-love 'em!
     
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    So....what would a T-top rhythm pickup out of a 72 335 be worth??
    I think it's a neck pickup anyways??
     
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    About $200 or so.
     
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    Thank you kind sir...:BEER
     
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    Adore them!

    A T-top in the neck of a tele......oh yeah!
     
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    the pickups in the Edges explorer are probably those heavy epoxy potted ones. Thats the pickup that came in mine(76 limited edition)
     

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