Repairing Gibson super humbuckers?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by zatan130, Apr 23, 2020.


  1. zatan130

    zatan130

    May 13, 2010
    CT
    I recently bought a Ripper that the seller wasn't completely sure about. I don't know much about pickups, but these pups do not sound like any Ripper I've ever played; they're extremely noisy and yet somehow very subdued. Since it's not a cheap bass, he is willing to give me a partial refund to fix the pickups. The problem is I can't find any store near me (Minneapolis) with experience with Bill Lawrence and a couple said they don't even want to touch them.

    Does anyone know where I can go and have any idea how much it will cost? The seller is just going to give me $250 if I don't know what I need.
     
  2. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
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  3. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I agree, Lindy Frailin was my first thought cause I know vintage pickup repair is something he does, he's really good, and a heck of a nice guy. The suggestions above are good too. Point is you need more than your average tech. The end result will be worth it.
     
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  4. zatan130

    zatan130

    May 13, 2010
    CT
    I have filled out contact forms for your suggestions to see what they reply with. The replacement Seymour Duncans are $160 each. Do you think rewindings/repairs will cost a similar amount?
     
  5. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Repair is typically less expensive, but you've got a more unique pickup so not sure if that will be the case here.
     
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  6. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Yep, those are rather rare and unique pickups.

    The other approach would be to drop something completely different into the bass, like a pair of Bill's L-90 !!
     
  7. zatan130

    zatan130

    May 13, 2010
    CT
    Should I ask for more than $250 back from the seller?
     
  8. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect

    Aug 4, 2009
    Its not likely it would be that expensive. If Duncan sells a repro for $160 that's probably the top end from them unless you want to get into more esoteric repair options. A rewind is essentially building from scratch using the old parts.
     
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