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bursty

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Pretty wood. I take it that you have opted to orient the pieces this way because the
Board would not accommodate the body as a book match? If that could be a book match, it would be marvelous, 8mho.

the billet was purchased as a book matched billet, which it is book matched and it does have more than enough coverage to accommodate a LP type guitar top, or even a Strat type guitar top. It covers a lot of area.

When I flipped the bass half of the billet 180 degrees end to end and also rotated it I came up with what you see in the photo above.
The figure on the reverse side of the bass billet looks kinda boring.
The way it is oriented in the photo shows much more flame and random figure.
 

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By '77 there's a good chance those were ceramics. Swapping for A5 may bring you closer to the vintage you want (I love my Ibanez pups), or they may have been wound for high output and nothing else. Are they potted?
 

bursty

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By '77 there's a good chance those were ceramics. Swapping for A5 may bring you closer to the vintage you want (I love my Ibanez pups), or they may have been wound for high output and nothing else. Are they potted?

a 'friend' that has resided in Japan for some time and that is very good with the Japanese language and is also up to date on MIJ guitars stated the following.
"For the question, all the old Maxon stuff that would be u-1000 or u-2000 I have seen from 1977-79 were Alnico."


I am aware that earlier (1975/1976 era) U-1000 and U-2000 have been documented with larger (thicker) black mags that are obviously ceramic.

If I ever remove the covers on these I'm fairly confident I will see a thinner, very silver colored mag = alnico.


These are potted like many Maxon pickups but the evidence of potting is minimal, i.e., the wax is minimal on the base bottoms and most likely doesn't fill the entire void within the pickups.

I have removed covers from several sets of Maxon era pickups and post Maxon era pickups removed from Greco examples, enuff to know that evidence of wax potting on the bases of pickups typically never translates into the entire void within the pickup to be fully potted.

This offers a good 'in between' of a fully potted pup and a none potted pup; you get some degree of the wax 'tightening' of internal components without compromising the entire idea completely filling the pickup with full volume of wax.
 
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