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Old March 14th, 2012, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What kind of pickup is this?

Got this from a friend who was cleaning out an old music store a while back. I have no idea what kind of Tele pickup this is. Any ideas?
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Old March 15th, 2012, 12:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Still researching a little and I can't find a thing on this pickup. Is it an old Peavey perhaps?
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Old March 15th, 2012, 01:14 PM   #3 (permalink)

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It's hard to say. It uses a pretty standard vintage design almost identical to many others. I had one in a collection with a similar reddish brown bobbin base, and don't think I ever did find out what it was.

Looks like this one used to have a metal baseplate that's since been removed. See that tail on the ground lead? That would normally be soldered to a baseplate, and there's no reason for it to be there if not.

edit: I just noticed the braided shield wire, which is goofy on a Fender-style pickup. The shield tends to get crammed up against the switch and ground things out on you. Makes me wonder if it was a retrofit.
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I thought that as well. The music store had a ton of old Gibson pickups in it and I know he was a Peavey dealer. Not much else though except he had about 30 black and silverface Fender amps stacked up in there that each had some sort of problem. All that stuff has long since gone, but it made me wonder if it could have been some kind of Peavey design. I know they weren't known for their pickups, but I wasn't sure if they just outsourced them or not. No info on the net about them that I could find.
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