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1985 Pickups stamped '7' and '8'

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by alanbass1, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. alanbass1

    alanbass1 New Member

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    I'm looking to add a 1985 to the herd and the guitar I'm looking at has '7' and '8' stamped on the pickups instead of 'T' and 'B'. The owner believes these are the original pickups and all electrics look unmolested. He suggested that at times the 'T' and 'B' wore down on the stamping machine and they used '7' and '8' instead. Anyone else came across this?
     
  2. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    7/8 pups were seen in the very early 85’s.
     
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  3. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Wait...............




    ...........Who are you?
     
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  4. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc The pullout king.

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    Some new guy.
     
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  5. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    With a German accent.
     
  6. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc The pullout king.

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    He sounds blonde.
     
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  7. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I felt a pithy retort coming on, but it passed. Must have been indigestion.
     
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  8. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I fixed it.
     
  9. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Yeah, but I don't think it's real.

    [​IMG]


    BTW, do you smell something rotten?
     
  10. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc The pullout king.

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    He’s not only the president of LEGO Hairclub for Men....
     
  11. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Isn’t he half of the legendary Hansoserg Foosball dynamite duo?
     
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  12. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc The pullout king.

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    You’re thinking of The Agents of Orange, which was with Shawn.

    Hansoserg was the short lived production company we started that put on our Miami Vice inspired puppet shows.
     
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  13. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Man....I missed all the fun sh!t
     
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  14. alantig

    alantig Sassyless pants

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    Not really. It wasn't all it's cracked up to be. It mostly consisted of Sergio doing Jan Hammer noises into an ET Big Gulp cup (for ambience) while Hans worked a stained Ernie puppet with a pasted-on mustache while just repeating "Crockett! Tubbs! My office!" in a hoarse voice.
     
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  15. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    See, I'd pay money for that. Not good money, but money.
     
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  16. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Duh! How could I forget?

    Didn’t Beaker portray Don Johnson?
     
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  17. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc The pullout king.

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    Yeah, which was confusing when we got to the wedding sequence, since we also used Beaker to play Sheena Easton’s character.
     
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    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    [​IMG]
     
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  19. Collywobbles

    Collywobbles Border Collies are best.

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    I've had one very early factory 1985 with 7 and 8 pickups in it and another with T and Bs. I've seen a few other guitars online with 7 and 8 pickups - all have been under serial 5 0050. So anything under serial 5 0050 I'd expect 7 and 8s or possibly a mix of a very early T or B with an opposing 7 or 8. I'd be pleased to see a 7 or 8 in anything much after 5 0050 as they're pretty rare. I doubt many 7 or 8s appear after serial number 100.

    The very early T & Bs are identical to the 7 and 8s and differ from slightly later T & Bs in that they don't have the blob of solder visible on the base-plate. You start seeing T and Bs with solder on the baseplate around serial 5 0150. The solder-free baseplates are mostly gone by around serial 200 based on the imperfect sample I've seen either in person or on the internet. Most 1985 guitars won't have 7 or 8s or the very first version of T and B pickups.

    Although 7 and 8s in early guitars are legit I don't believe the T and B stamps wore out as you only see 7 and 8s on the very earliest guitars. I think the stamping shop either misread the production drawings (which I guess were hand drawn / badly written) or didn't have a T and B stamp (but did have a 7 and 8 stamp) and made the initial batch of baseplates using 7 in stead of T and 8 in place of B.

    Hope that's of some help.

    A "8" pickup (early 1985 guitar) - no solder on baseplate
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    A very early "B" pickup (early 1985 guitar) - no solder on baseplate
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    Slightly later B (early 1986 guitar) - solder on baseplate
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  20. gush

    gush New Member

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    Interesting
     
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