Help! 70s Wilshire maybe?

Discussion in 'Epiphone Guitars' started by Steven Daniel, Sep 11, 2019.

Restore her?

  1. Yes!

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  2. No, just get a Seymour Duncan for the bridge

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  3. If she sounds good, just play her!

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  1. Steven Daniel

    Steven Daniel New Member

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    Davis Sharp Well-Known Member

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    If she sounds good, just play her!

    Welcome to Epi-Talk.

    It's you guitar to do with as it pleases you. If you restore it to the original condition, let us know how it goes. Parts might be expensive and hard to find. Good luck.
     
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  4. Steven Daniel

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    I love her neck pickup tone, which is the original pickup... they have replaced the bridge pickup with dual single coils, which, to me, sound a bit too bright for my liking. But overall she sounds great if you roll off on the tone pot a little.
    It bugs me a little that it’s not all original parts, but the intonation is absolutely perfect and I enjoy playing her... which is the most important thing I guess :D

     
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    Thank you! That’s it! 100% sure

     
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    That's an open coil humbucker. They make them with or without covers. Yours is uncovered or "open".
     
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    what? Really? So it’s just missing the cover?
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Umm, it probably never had one. Like I said, they make them both ways.
     
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    E.g., Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special, available in covered and uncovered versions.

    Like the man said, it was probably sold that way. Covers are soldered on, so they have to be desoldered (or you can cut through the solder) if you want the naked look.

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    Nice Score!
    Well, if its' "worth" i would say no because it won't be worth more restored to original but would definitely make it play better. update the tuners, change the bridge, buy better matching pickup rings... for sure
     
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    [QUOTE=" they make them both ways.[/QUOTE]
    Hahahahaha. I thought I misunderstood, but it turns out I misunderstood misunderstanding...
    GREAT! Now it bothers me less because I thought that was a replacement part.
     
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    It might still have been. Epiphones make excellent mod platforms and it's quite common to see folks express themselves by changing stuff up.

    All I'm saying, is that humbucker pickups come with or without covers - without regard for brand.
     
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    Its a DiMarzio pickup, probably from the '80s and probably ROCKS with some overdrive.
     
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    Ok, I'm not saying you're wrong or anything, but would you care to share with the class how you made that determination from the pictures provided?
     
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    Ummmm...experience?
     
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    Uh huh.
     
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    Here's a comparison to a new Gibson for you. This pickup was pretty much at the start of the modding craze, before that most people just left guitars as they came, now we have a million choices.
     
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    Ya know, you could have just mentioned the trademark rather than trying to be cute about it.

    I'm sitting here staring at a grainy picture squinting at pole pieces and bobbin holes wondering what the heck I missed. I could sort of make out that they looked vaguely like the ones in the video. I even looked at dozens of pictures of double creme pickups before I noticed that they were somehow all DiMarzio, which made no sense. So of course, I dug deeper and discovered the depths of the bullcrap.

    How Larry ever got that ish trademarked, how Gibson let him in the first place, and how the courts haven't tossed it in the last 38 years is beyond my comprehension. Almost as bad as that idiotic Katy Perry lawsuit.

    I don't even like the look of double cream bobbins, so it's not something I would have ever paid the slightest attention to in the first place under normal circumstances.

    Although; this caught my eye.
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    I thank you for the bit of research you forced upon me, but I still think you should just mentioned the trademark.
     
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    You're welcome.
     

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