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Can anyone identify this vintage pickup?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by richspillberg, Mar 9, 2013.


  1. richspillberg

    richspillberg

    May 31, 2011
    Any info at all would be awesome! Can't seem to find a single thing on this piece.




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  2. 123321

    123321 Bravely eating @ MacDonald's Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2004
    Virginia
    Looks like an eighties Shadow pickup... I must admit, I've never seen this model before...
     
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  3. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
  4. grisezd

    grisezd

    Oct 14, 2009
    Ohio
    OP, do you know what it came out of? I'm curious about that pickguard.

    I know that I've seen a bass with a Shadow pickup on it, can't remember when or where though. I do remember that it struck me as a thunderous thing.
     
  5. It's not often I say this, but aesthetics-wise, that pickup is awesome! It's like a naked-coil guitar humbucker, but with the appropriate pole piece layout for a bass. I think a pair of those would be great on the right Les Paul bass.
     
  6. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 look at that thick wire unless that's some sort of jacket?
     
  7. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    The early BC Rich basses had pickups that looked just like that. The they went to the DiMarzio Ps.

    If you get a Schaller Bassbucker and remove the cover it looks like that too.
     
  8. parsons

    parsons

    Feb 22, 2008
    Maryland
    Definitely an improvement over the soap bars they toss in them now!
     
  9. grisezd

    grisezd

    Oct 14, 2009
    Ohio
    The pickguard has me thinking Dan Armstrong, can't think of anything else that would be that minimal. What is it???

    Edit: just looked at pictures of the Armstrong Lucite bass, the guard runs past and over the pickup. Bah!
     
  10. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    If you like tiny little poles.

    I think something like this would be better. ;)

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  11. Taniwha

    Taniwha

    Oct 23, 2016
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  12. Taniwha

    Taniwha

    Oct 23, 2016
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  13. Cadfael

    Cadfael

    Jan 4, 2013
    Germany, EU
    "SHADOW" is a German brand as far as I remember ...
    It was extablished in the 1980s ...

    Shadow wanted to be a "cheap" (but very good quality) alternative to US pickups.
    Remember how expensive the Dollar was in the 1980s (in Europe) ...
    So, Shadow tried to copy DiMarzio (much more popular than SD in the 1980s in Germany!!!) in the 1980s.

    I think "Shadow" has always been a brand of Schaller (yes; the extreme quality German machine heads).
    Maybe they bought it - but 70% that Shadow has always been Schaller ...

    ... by the way ...
    In most parts of Germany, "Schaller" has NO "rolling Hitler R" or pronounced "English R (Right)" in German!!!
    The "er" is more pronounced like the "a" before (or an "open a").
    Like "Shala-la-la-la ..." > Shala / Shulla / Hitla ... :)
     
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  14. Cadfael

    Cadfael

    Jan 4, 2013
    Germany, EU
    Forgot ...

    Even if Schaller is known for best quality ...
    Shadow was know forgood pickups (much better than Japanese in the early 1980s)
    BUT the US brands always were No.1! It was like driving a Volkswagen or a Porsche ...

    (and it bassically never changed! (Music) Pickups from the US are still No.1 in Germany! Okay; Delano, but ...)
     

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