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Pickups for a 1936 Gibson Black Special #4

#1 User is offline   312_JS 

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  Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:39 AM

Hello everyone.
I just bought a lovable 1936 Gibson Black Special #4 in an unreal condition.
I'm looking for a set of magnetic pickups for her. Preferably something sounding similar to Charlie Christian, P90 or the AlNiCo V Staple pickup.
The problem is that there is only around 6 mm clearance at the neck position.
I've already sent an email to Pete from Vintage Vibes, but I'm open to suggestions.
Thanks a lot in advance!
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Posted 13 November 2018 - 08:44 AM

I'd love to get a look at it. Can you shoot with better light?
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Posted 13 November 2018 - 03:26 PM

View Postjedzep, on 13 November 2018 - 08:44 AM, said:

I'd love to get a look at it. Can you shoot with better light?

Here you go: https://imgur.com/a/0WWZzvY
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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:08 PM

Oh, that's a thing of beauty. I think you may have the date wrong, though. It appears to be a wartime special, from the 1943-1946 era. Is there a number inside?

As far a a pickup, I think I might have the perfect suggestion for you. I've never owned one of these, but if there's room for it on there, it might be perfect. First, here's the video where I discovered them:

https://www.youtube....h?v=migCnthIb9Y

Here is a link to the builder's page for the pickup: http://www.vintagevi...s/sc_ccWin.html

I've owned three Gibsons with CC pickups (a 1940 ES250; a 1950 ES350; and the 1966 L5 in my avatar), and I think this Biltoft CC pickup sounds really good.

Edit: Oops, I just realized that "Pete at Vintage Vibes" is the same source I'm talking about! Ha ha.

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 04:43 AM

View PostJimR56, on 13 November 2018 - 06:08 PM, said:

Oh, that's a thing of beauty. I think you may have the date wrong, though. It appears to be a wartime special, from the 1943-1946 era. Is there a number inside?

As far a a pickup, I think I might have the perfect suggestion for you. I've never owned one of these, but if there's room for it on there, it might be perfect. First, here's the video where I discovered them:

https://www.youtube....h?v=migCnthIb9Y

Here is a link to the builder's page for the pickup: http://www.vintagevi...s/sc_ccWin.html

I've owned three Gibsons with CC pickups (a 1940 ES250; a 1950 ES350; and the 1966 L5 in my avatar), and I think this Biltoft CC pickup sounds really good.

Edit: Oops, I just realized that "Pete at Vintage Vibes" is the same source I'm talking about! Ha ha.

No, it is a '36. FON: 1102B37 The B means 1936, doesn't it.
Wartime guitars also had a wooden trapeze.
The thinnest Pete is able to do these pickups is 0,95 cm, unfortunately.

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Posted 15 November 2018 - 01:39 AM

So far, I was able to find or was told about these:

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