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Pickup covers are driving me nuts!

wild.joz

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I can't stand the covers on my R8. I know I've had it for only a few days, but I always thought those pickups didn't look right, even on others guitars.

I have a set of Shaw pickups that I don't use, and the covers are already removed. The thing is that i'm not really sure what they're made of, chrome or nickel. They have a nice, slight patina on them already, from years i've been playing them, but before unsoldering/resoldering the burstuckers covers, what do you guys think.

Here's a couple of pics, and one of the R8 with her older sister... the tobacco color is a bit off, and it was a pain to get the patina of the Shaws on picture, but:

VOS covers:

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Shaw covers:

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With her sister:

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Callaway

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My guess is the Shaw covers are chrome and will never have actual patina per say just scratches and wear. The BB are nickle, the nickle will look much better as time goes on besides it matches your bridge and t-piece. Was the guitar not VOS or did your polish the VOS off your hardware?
 

DANELECTRO

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I'm can't believe that Gibson hasn't fixed their covers yet. The current Gibson pickup covers are the least accurate PAF covers made by anyone anywhere, and they're the guys that invented the damn things!

Original PAFs
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Throbaks and DMCs are a couple of my favorites. These are even the older Throbak covers. Jon has since retooled and the new ones are improved.
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This is why your pickup covers annoy you. On the left are Gibson VOS Burstbuckers. On the right are DMC 1.5 covers. Notice how small the Gibson pickups look in comparison. Believe it or not, they're both the same size. The giant edge radii on the Gibsons give the illusion that they are much smaller.
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jbzoso2002

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Another great post by Danelectro!

ThroBak sells covers now.

Jimmy:peace2
 

Guitar Whiskey

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Ditch the chrome covers and buy yourself a set of Throbak covers off Ebay. Best deal currently for something of great quality.
 

Ken Fortunato

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If it's the shape that you don't like, then replace 'em.

However, if it's just the "shiny-newness" thing, then trust me, the stock nickle covers will corrode to hell in a hurray. Seriously...
 
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latestarter

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I agree DANELECTRO...those current Gibson ones are terrible. I suspect a lot of the parts on our Historics these days are farmed out to the cheapest manufacturer in Asia and rough enough is good enough. I've seen Nashville bridges with post spacings 1-2mm out between various years. No consistency.
 

wild.joz

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My guess is the Shaw covers are chrome and will never have actual patina per say just scratches and wear. The BB are nickle, the nickle will look much better as time goes on besides it matches your bridge and t-piece. Was the guitar not VOS or did your polish the VOS off your hardware?

I know BB covers are Nickel, I wasn't sure about the Shaws, as they neither look chrome, nor Nickel. Weird. They have a nice subtle patina and some wear from honest playing, bu the hue (?) is weird. Not really chrome, not really nickel... the shape is better than the historic BB though...

As far as the VOS. No, I didn't polish the hardware at all. It wasn't very tarnished to begin with. Just a bit. What I did clean, is the VOS crap on the body.
 

wild.joz

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I'm can't believe that Gibson hasn't fixed their covers yet. The current Gibson pickup covers are the least accurate PAF covers made by anyone anywhere, and they're the guys that invented the damn things!

Thanks for the detailed and illustrated answer. I agree that the shape on those Gibson BB is nonsense. That's why I was wondering about putting the Shaw covers. They might not be the most accurate, but far better than the BBs...

You're right though, those Throbak lookg 'right', and the aging seems subtle and not as 'in your face' as some I've seen. Might give them a shot. Thanks again. :salude
 

wild.joz

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If it's the shape that you don't like, then replace 'em.

However, if it's just the "shiny-newness" thing, then trust me, the stock nickle covers will corrode to hell in a hurray. Seriously...

Yup, I don't like the shape.
Actually, if they were shiny, they might look less wrong than this VOS treatment that I don't understand. They look like a brand new 'satin' finish... I don't know what kind of aged look the people at Gibson find on those covers :rolleyes . They'd rather put shiny nickel and let the time do its job.

Anyway, thanks all for the input. I might drop a line to Jon to hook me up on his covers.
 

wild.joz

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For the heck of it, here's a picture (flash ruins some of the patina...) of the Shaws I was thinking about using the covers.

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corpse

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I think the Shaws are even more curved than the BB's- but I love the guts on those Shaw covers!
 

wild.joz

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Well, thanks to all who gave their input.
I just pulled the trigger on a set of Throbak covers... we'll see when they're here.
 
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