Should I just throw these in the trash?

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  1. Rockinvet

    Rockinvet Tele-Meister

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    Like a lot of you I have a parts drawer full of stuff. Well I was on a cleaning rampage the other day and pulled out my Gibson 490R and 498T pickups parts. They came out of a Gibson Smartwood guitar. One pickup is fully assembled and may just need ground soldered but I’m not sure. My multimeter is junk so I get erroneous readings and don’t have a high quality soldering iron to do the job right. The other coils might actually have continuity I’m not sure. I’m an electronic hack but maybe someone could fix these or rewind them etc... or should I sell, give them away just for parts or trash them? I’ve held on to them with the intention of experimenting as a project but don’t have the time, expertise, equipment or patience to do the job right. B87DE219-AA87-4D96-A98A-27ABBF162039.jpeg 840AC690-A917-492C-BFBD-0B1A3B768324.jpeg
     
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    They may be worth something ... If you find the right buyer ..
     
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    There's a guy who sells used 490 pickups on my local CL. He asks $40 apiece for them and they're in good working condition. I can't see your parts as being worth more than $10 or so. You can try to sell the parts as-is and see what you get, make it a labor of love to fix'em, or you can chuck'em in the trash - your call. If you're like me, you'll throw them in a drawer and find them again 10 years from now, still not sure what to do with 'em.
     
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  4. Dan German

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    NO! Do not throw them in the trash!



    Take them to a recycling depot! :D
     
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    I gave a bunch of “orphan” pickups to a friend who winds pickups.
    They were mostly humbuckers I replaced with other stuff.
    They all worked.
    Anyways, you might consider doing that.
    Techs/repairman/luthiers might be interested in them.
     
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  6. Rockinvet

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    That’s what I may do. Give them to someone who can repair them and make them useful. There’s a local luthier who also I think winds his own. Maybe just give them to him.
     
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    I would pay them forward. They might not be worth the trouble to you now, so you might make someone's day as a simple gift.
     
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    Well yes of course. I was using the expression figuratively speaking. Have some computer parts to go with them too if I go that route. Our local landfill has a great recycling center.
     
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    Great idea!
     
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    I started a thread a few years ago in the Bad Dog titled, "Pay it forward". As a recipient, it is cool how many items have been mailed to other members here, so give it a whirl.
     
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    That is also a good idea. Lots of options.
     
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