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Peavey T-60 Pickup change

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by SpareRibs, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. SpareRibs

    SpareRibs Tele-Meister

    272
    Jan 9, 2011
    PNW
    HELLO,
    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!
     
  2. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    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.
     
  3. Delta Blues

    Delta Blues Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 22, 2011
    GA
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  5. Donelson

    Donelson Tele-Afflicted

    May 31, 2011
    Nashville TN
    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.
     
  6. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Tele-Afflicted

    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......
     
  7. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Just redo the wiring... ?
     
  8. soul-o

    soul-o Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    48
    Jan 29, 2007
    Boston
    Definitely swap those pickups and then continue with the hardware, body and neck and you'll end up with a decent guitar.
     
  9. fezz parka

    fezz parka ---------------------------

    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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  10. Delta Blues

    Delta Blues Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 22, 2011
    GA
    To Fezz you listen. This man understands the nature of Super Ferrite.
     
  11. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    I don't think the T60 pickups are super ferrite, the T60s are humbuckers.
     
  12. SpareRibs

    SpareRibs Tele-Meister

    272
    Jan 9, 2011
    PNW
    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.
     
  13. fezz parka

    fezz parka ---------------------------

    Yep. Same ones are in the T-27. Killer pickups. Red Rhodes was a genius.
     
  14. jefrs

    jefrs Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 20, 2007
    Newbury, England
    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.
     
  15. SpareRibs

    SpareRibs Tele-Meister

    272
    Jan 9, 2011
    PNW
    Hello,
    I will consider it, but I don't want it to be like one of your First Acts!
     
  16. SpareRibs

    SpareRibs Tele-Meister

    272
    Jan 9, 2011
    PNW
    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
     
  17. kennesawbob

    kennesawbob Tele-Meister

    152
    Sep 18, 2010
    Kennesaw, GA
    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.

    Good luck to you.
     
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