80 LS-120 Les Paul Reborn Question

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80 LS-120 Les Paul Reborn Question

Post by _JDZ » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:34 am

Picked up a very nice '80 LS-120 Les Paul Reborn, that looks to be all original, but there is one thing I've not seen before and was hoping for some insight.

Pickups are DiMarzio's, but have covers installed that are windowed so all pole pieces exposed. Circuit board looks original and untouched.
I think pickups are original to the guitar, but haven't seen an example with these covers. Could they have been added or original?

Thanks in advance.
John

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Post by Mono » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:55 am

A few things:

The covers aren't soldered on.
There is very similar yellowing of the bobbins and pickup rings
I have never seen covers like that before installed as factory on Tokais

I think they are aftermarket, added by a previous owner but at a very early stage in the guitars life and have been kept in place.

What do the solder joints on the pots/PCB look like?

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Post by _JDZ » Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:17 am

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Post by Loudmouse » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:53 pm

I'd love to see some pics of the whole guitar.
I heard they threatened Tokai with a lawsuit, but they never got to Cort?

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Post by _JDZ » Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:47 pm

A bit dark, but here you go

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Post by villager » Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:46 am

definitely post factory..

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Post by _JDZ » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:15 am

So those should come off then.
Hopefully no tan lines.

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Post by Mono » Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:45 am

I think there will be some tan lines :roll:

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Post by Loudmouse » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:04 am

Beauty!

I have an old Dimarzio double cream dual sound that had some odd uneven stains on it. I used some very fine grit sand paper on it and it worked pretty good. I hated to loose some of the natural aged patina but I wanted the color to look even.

That might even out the tan lines if they bother you.
I heard they threatened Tokai with a lawsuit, but they never got to Cort?

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Post by guitar hiro » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:44 am

never put a thong on your DiMarzios :lol:

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Post by _JDZ » Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:08 pm

Very sound advice!

I wonder what the going rate is for used DiMarzio thorgs?
Matching pair, at that!

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Post by Mono » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:21 am

I strongly advise against sandpaper anywhere near open pickups.... If you get any particulate matter in there it could turn them microphonic and give you real feedback issues.

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