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Old December 11th, 2012, 12:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Peavey T-60 Pickup change

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Has anyone here ever changed out the pickups in a T-60. The wiring is just to
weird with a phase shifter and the volume controlling the split between single
coil and humbucking. I plan to remove the electronics and store them in case a purists should acquire it someday.
I was planning a two humbucker set up similar to Gibson, The bridge pickup is
an option for splitting. I was just wondering if someone has already done it,as I
think with the ash body single coils would be a bit overpowering, so I was looking for input from anyone who may have done this.
Thank You in advance!

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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had a T60 a long time ago. Swapped the stock pickups and wiring out to a set of Duncans, 59 neck and JB bridge. It sounded good, or so I thought. Years later I put the stock pickups back in and to my surprise I thought the guitar sounded better. The wiring is very versatile for a passive system. Single coil mode when the tone control is on 10 turn the tone to about 8 and. It's a humbucker, past that it's a std tone control.
The phase switch will only work when both pickups are on. So you can get humbuckers, single coils or a mix of single coil / humbuckers, in or out of phase. Red Rhodes designed the wiring for Peavey.
I think the stock pickups sound good in all the combinations and variations.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 05:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old December 11th, 2012, 07:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That is a selling point with that axe, the "different" wiring, and the unique Peavey PUs. I did a similar thing as Ringo above; put humbuckers in a T-15, just to see if they would fit. They did, with the covers removed. Sounded good. But, after awhile I restored the original Peavey PUs. Wow! Much better.

Sadly these axes sell for next to nothing, so I guess there's no economic deterrent to stop anyone from modding them to hell.

Anyone interested, look for those Phil Baugh youtubes, where he plays a (customized) Peavey. Stunning, awesome sound. I saw him play live around 1978-79 with such an axe & was boggled.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 07:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Don't do it man. You will cut the value of the guitar drastically even if you save'em. Play with it and learn the tone circuit subilties and you probably will make it one of you faves .
Unless it plays like a dog then mod the snot out of it......
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Old December 11th, 2012, 09:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Just redo the wiring... ?
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Old December 11th, 2012, 10:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Definitely swap those pickups and then continue with the hardware, body and neck and you'll end up with a decent guitar.
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The best thing about the T-Series are the pickups. I own three Peaveys: T-27, T-15 Custom (it's 25.5 scale) and a Patriot. All are great guitars.

Here's the T-15:
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Old December 11th, 2012, 02:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't think the T60 pickups are super ferrite, the T60s are humbuckers.
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Hello,
I am not butchering the guitar, previous owner did that for me. I have the schematic the wiring is nothing like it. If you can believe it someone wired diodes into the circuit. I also think the soldering was done with a blowtorch.
After careful consideration I am going to use the original pickups and just wire it ala Gibson, with the two humbucker setup, until I can gather up all the stuff bring it back to stock.
I was not aware of how scarce they might be. This one is a patent applied for model from 1979. So i am not going to trash it.Thanks for all the input.
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I don't think the T60 pickups are super ferrite, the T60s are humbuckers.
Yep. Same ones are in the T-27. Killer pickups. Red Rhodes was a genius.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 09:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I am not butchering the guitar, previous owner did that for me. I have the schematic the wiring is nothing like it. If you can believe it someone wired diodes into the circuit. I also think the soldering was done with a blowtorch.
After careful consideration I am going to use the original pickups and just wire it ala Gibson, with the two humbucker setup, until I can gather up all the stuff bring it back to stock.
I was not aware of how scarce they might be. This one is a patent applied for model from 1979. So i am not going to trash it.Thanks for all the input.
PV T-40 bass here. Massive monster humbuckers like icebergs.

Your best bet is to re-wire it back to Peavey diagram.

Those humbuckers are one of the few types that do split nicely, most sound like rubbish single-coil. Peavey did use a strange taper on the tone/splitter pots. Log/audio should work but the very top end of the PV pots seems to be flat like a linear, presumably to give the split pickup some tone control. The "phase" switch can be used to select which of the two coils is in use when split, and they are not quite the same near the bridge.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 10:14 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Definitely swap those pickups and then continue with the hardware, body and neck and you'll end up with a decent guitar.
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I will consider it, but I don't want it to be like one of your First Acts!
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Old December 15th, 2012, 05:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Hello,
Over the past few days I have went through a lot of changes with the guitar. It is my opinion that something is wrong with the actual pickups as the top material is worn through (plastic under chrome covers) in addition to that either way they are hooked up it sounds like a strat on steroids. I am sure that is not the original sound of the design.
I am not sure but I think both have gone microphonic. I was wondering if they could be potted with wax? Originally they were encapsulated in epoxy, maybe that has cracked in time
Anyway thats where I'm at with it at this point. Thanks for all the input
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Old December 16th, 2012, 06:35 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I had a T-60 since college ('80-'85). I pulled it out 5 years ago and starts playing her again. I forgot how much she weighted. I had my luthier upgrade her wiring (I found the wiring diagram from www.t60mafia.com). I put in a set of Seymour Duncan's ('59 neck/JB bridge) and she sounded great. I sold the original pups, or "toasters". I eventually sold the T-60. Regret doing it.

My advice, keep the original pups but upgrade the wiring, pots and caps. See how you like it.

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