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Help researching old dimarzio pickup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by brandon.miller, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. brandon.miller

    brandon.miller Supporting Member

    May 29, 2010
    Bowling Green, KY
    So I just bought a original 1969 fender precision and the original owner sent me a old dimarzio precision pickup with it. He said he bought it in 1970 and installed it bit eventually put the original stock pickups back in.

    Can anyone help me date these just out of curiosity since there are no markers under the pickups just a patent applied for sticker. All the other older pickups I've seen for this model are attached to some kind of brass plate but these weren't.

    1360534113009. 1360533998404.
  2. brandon.miller

    brandon.miller Supporting Member

    May 29, 2010
    Bowling Green, KY
    Couple more pictures of the box and owners manual
    1360534211496. 1360534231718.
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    not sure what you're asking; it's an old Model P, dimarzio still makes them.
  4. brandon.miller

    brandon.miller Supporting Member

    May 29, 2010
    Bowling Green, KY
    Guess I'm just asking what the patent applied for sticker means. I was trying to research it and all I could find was PAF guitar pickups. That and if its a paf pickup is there any difference in these and the new ones? I didn't know if these were more desirable or worth anything.
  5. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    All PAF means is the patent hasn't been secured, at the time of manufacture. I think it's great you have the original box and paperwork.
  6. brandon.miller

    brandon.miller Supporting Member

    May 29, 2010
    Bowling Green, KY
    So are these more sought after than pickups after they got the patent? Just trying to figure out if they're worth anything or if theyre worth the same as the newer ones
  7. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    I don't think any DiMarzio P-pickups have collector value. They're great pickups, though. Check 'em out!
  8. tbplayer59


    Jan 20, 2013
    PAF is what Dimarzio called their copy of an early Gibson Humbucker Les Paul pickup that Gibson had marked patent applied for back in the day. Donation started the whole after market pickup industry with big magnet pickups like the model P targeted towards hard rock players. That's one loud pickup you have there.
  9. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    That has nothing to do with the PAF stickers on his Model-P pickups. PAF just stands for Patent Applied For.

    Brandon, I don't think there is anything special about these pickups. I'd ask a vintage expert, though, to be sure.
  10. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Those are early Model Ps. After they got a patent they put a sticker on them with the patent number.

    All DiMarzio pickups were cream colored back then. They still hold a trademark on that color!

    They aren't made any different from the modern ones.

    Here's one in an old SD Curlee bass I'm working on:

  11. I dunno - I would put them on Ebay as rare vintage PAFs - should be work a gazillion dollars..... I have a set on my main bass and am not aware of any changes made later - Larry Dimarzio was pretty happy with them as they were originally designed... I do suggest using the dual sound capability though.
  12. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    I've had a number of PAF versions - as stated, they are the earliest ones made while they waited for the patent to clear.
    At some point some years ago I bought a brand new one - it sounded exactly the same. Great pickups.

    About 15 years ago I bought a set of NOS PAF DiMarzio J's still sealed in the box. A few years ago I put them into a Warmoth J. Outstanding. Nothing different than the new ones - it was just cool to have a sealed set.

    DiMarzio really opened the doors for aftermarket pickups. It seemed like everyone was buying them back then to upgrade their Fenders. Then they were picked up as standard issue by so many other makers - that's why there are so many still around.

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