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Which Epiphone pickup have I got?

#1 User is offline   antwhi2001 

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 03:18 AM

Here's a puzzle. I can't post a pic of it because it's already mounted in it's new guitar. It's a black uncovered humbucker with flush non-adjustable poles on both bobbins. 4 conductor wiring (black, red, green, white). Base plate stamped "Epiphone". No other markings.

It was on an Aria Pro II set neck double cut I picked up on e-bay. The guitar is early 1980s Japan-built, but obviously the pickup could be from any era. I'm keeping it in the neck position for now and wiring a coil tap push/pull to it. And yes, I'll post pics soon!

At the same time I bought a Hondo II doublecut from the same period, Matsumoko build. Both these guitars were bought cheap with no pots etc and missing hardware. I've put a pair of Epiphone ProBuckers in the Hondo - pics to follow...
Gibson Les Paul faded doublecut with P90s, 2004 / Gibson Les Paul Custom Lite, 2013 / Fender Tele standard 2006 / Fender Tele Thinline JA-90, 2013/ Squier Japanese Strat with 2x Kinman noiseless and 1x Kent Armstrong humbucker, 1986 / Arbiter Matsumoko Flying V, late 1970s / Boss GT-10 multiFX / Area 51 Wah / Tech 21 PE60 cab / Laney EA65 combo

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:01 AM

View Postantwhi2001, on 15 August 2012 - 03:18 AM, said:

Here's a puzzle. I can't post a pic of it because it's already mounted in it's new guitar. It's a black uncovered humbucker with flush non-adjustable poles on both bobbins. 4 conductor wiring (black, red, green, white). Base plate stamped "Epiphone". No other markings.

It was on an Aria Pro II set neck double cut I picked up on e-bay. The guitar is early 1980s Japan-built, but obviously the pickup could be from any era. I'm keeping it in the neck position for now and wiring a coil tap push/pull to it. And yes, I'll post pics soon!

At the same time I bought a Hondo II doublecut from the same period, Matsumoko build. Both these guitars were bought cheap with no pots etc and missing hardware. I've put a pair of Epiphone ProBuckers in the Hondo - pics to follow...



I could be wrong, but that's probably a Mighty Mite.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:30 PM

Hondo II models from the 80's came with Dimarzio pups installed, I bought a 1981 Hondo II Les Paul in Denmark back when I was in the military and it had DiMarzio's installed.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:50 PM

Its most likely just a typical 650R or 700T with non-adjustable pole pieces. Pretty common for lower-end Epiphones.

Here is a link to the G-310 on the Epiphone website. You'll see that this guitar has the exact pickups you are descibing if you click on the "body" tab. Under the "electronics" tab it tells you what they are.
http://www.epiphone....s/SG/G-310.aspx
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:51 PM

oops. double post.

Well, here is a pic in that case. Cant let a perfectly good post go to waste.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:40 PM

Well, for future reference I can confirm that the wiring colour code is the same as Kent Armstrong, so if you're ever working with an old Asian Epi 4-conductor pickup, the KA wiring diagrams are a good start point.

I promised pics; first, here is the Hondo II double cut whicch now has a pair of Epi ProBuckers in it:

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Beautiful workmanship but very disappointing unplugged sound, quite tinny. A real pity, given how nice it looks and feels.
Gibson Les Paul faded doublecut with P90s, 2004 / Gibson Les Paul Custom Lite, 2013 / Fender Tele standard 2006 / Fender Tele Thinline JA-90, 2013/ Squier Japanese Strat with 2x Kinman noiseless and 1x Kent Armstrong humbucker, 1986 / Arbiter Matsumoko Flying V, late 1970s / Boss GT-10 multiFX / Area 51 Wah / Tech 21 PE60 cab / Laney EA65 combo

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