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1961 ES335 with non original pickups Would it be worth it as a collectable to put original PAFs back in?

#1 User is offline   lowlandr 

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 10:11 AM

I just got a 1961 335 and the pickups were replaced.

Would restoring pickups to vintage PAFs bring the value up enough to be worthwhile?

The guitar is in great shape other than the pickup mod.

Thanks
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 09:50 AM

The addition of proper PAF's would cost about the same as the value of the guitar would increase.
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 05:17 PM

View PostCam in alberta, on 14 February 2018 - 09:50 AM, said:

The addition of proper PAF's would cost about the same as the value of the guitar would increase.

+1 to that comment
If the PUs in there are good, enjoy them and the guitar the way it is. If you're looking to upgrade the sound, some of the boutique PUs (Throbaks, OX4, SD Antiquities, etc.) are actually truer to the "holy grail" sound that PAFs are legendary for, than some actual legit PAFs! There was a lot of variation in the manufacturing specs in those days and consistency is rare.
Living under the shadow of the sword:

Too much gear, but here's the (current) Gibson stuff:
Guitars -
1965 ES-335TD
1970 LP Dlx Goldtop
1974 LP Standard
1994 LP Studio
2005 LP R6/7 Conversion
2005 LP R8 Plaintop
2006 LP Custom '57 RI (RB7)
2011 LP Special
2014 LP R9 Tobacco Burst
Amps -
1955 GA-20
1956 GA-40 Les Paul
1959 GA-5 Skylark
1956 GA-6
1957 GA-6
1958 GA-6
1959 GA-79RV Stereo
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