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Gibson '76-'79 Thunderbird pickup?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Rotwang, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Rotwang


    Nov 6, 2011
  2. bassvirtuoso

    bassvirtuoso My God, it's full of chrome! Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    Yep, I think I know that guy.

    It's definitely a 70's original (70's have the three screw spots on the pickup, compared to the 60's which have only two).

    These Thunderbird pickups are MUCH different sounding than the 60's (which is somewhat of the Holy Grail Thunderbird tone) and the modern black ones. These are sidewinder pickups. Some love this tone, most don't when compared to the others.
  3. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY

    I had a '78 TBird in almost pristine condition. Though it was a joy to play, IMO opinion it sounded absolutely awful. Very grindy and edgy - then again I didn't have an SVT to play through, but it wasn't working with my rig. It wasn't the sound I wanted.

    Though I never played a 60's TBird I did have a 2000, and I thought it was great. Night and day difference in favor of the 2000.
  4. Rotwang


    Nov 6, 2011
    I didn't think think the original Bill Lawrence pickups were potted.