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davesowden
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:04 pm    Post subject: Maxon Pickup Codes Reply with quote

I believe the first digit of a Maxon 5 number code is the pickup code-eg U1000, U2000 etc.
I,m trying to identify a Maxon pup stamped 34619 on the base-
4=1974
6=june
19=19th of month
which pickup range do you think is identified by the initial digit 3?
Its a chrome covered humbucker-thats pretty much all i know about it-sorry, no pix.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Maxon Pickup Codes Reply with quote

davesowden wrote:
I believe the first digit of a Maxon 5 number code is the pickup code-eg U1000, U2000 etc.
I,m trying to identify a Maxon pup stamped 34619 on the base-
4=1974
6=june
19=19th of month
which pickup range do you think is identified by the initial digit 3?
Its a chrome covered humbucker-thats pretty much all i know about it-sorry, no pix.


This is covered in here quite a bit, with good work done by japanstrat.

Here is an extract from an email i received from Maxon awhile ago,

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Maxon guitar pickup serial number consisted of five-digit number.
Period used: up to and including 1977
The serial number: ABCDD
A: production line code (1: prototype line (very rare pickup), the other numbers are the production line numbers.)
B: year of manufacture (e.g. 1977 was shown as "7".)
C: month, 1=Jan ... 9=Sep., 0(zero)=Oct., X=Nov., .(dot)=Dec.
DD: day of the month (01 to 31)
If A is 1 (prototype line), B is the year code and CDD are not disclosed.
Unquote


Has anyone come across a prototype line with the first digit of 1 yet?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, only 2, 3, 5 & 8. Can't remember seeing other digits.

@Dave: the first digit is not a pickup identifier; I have seen Dry Zs with both 2s & 5s fi.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2, 3, 5 & 8 almost sound like the should be Alnico types, but that would be too simple, wouldn't it?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi
all the screaming 1982 i have seen have ceramic magnets and have seen some with 5 and 2 ,,,, so i dont think that will work
all the best
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a set with 15.12

So this would be prototype 1975 december 12

Maybe its one of the first u4000s? This is the guitar they come from not sure of the model.

I think the u4000s came out in 1976? so that would make sense.








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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if the actual guitar is a prototype because it has the thiner logo, 2 screw TRC and an unusal colour finish. As far as I know none of these features came untill later?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wulfman wrote:
2, 3, 5 & 8 almost sound like the should be Alnico types, but that would be too simple, wouldn't it?


Yes unless the UDs are not ceramic after all. My former EGC500 had the UDs starting with a 2.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a 1977 PU-0 that has a "1" code so may have been a new model at the time. It measures 7.81k.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good find Harold!
So is there anyone with an idea what those digits stand for?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A: production line code (1: prototype line (very rare pickup), the other numbers are the production line numbers.)


When he says "the other numbers are production line numbers"

Does he mean the BCDD numbers or the other numbers used at A such as 2 3 5 8 etc.?
If the later then maybe the other numbers (2, 3, 5 8 ) are just from what line of production made that pickup that day. Presuming there was more than one production line ?
And 1 is made on the drawing board so to speak, before heading to mass production.
Just trying to clarify cuz I'm a bit confused on that part.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He means the other numbers at A.
But where are the 4, 6 & 7?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maxon produced lots of stuff other than pickups so 4 6 and 7 production lines could of been doing stomp boxes for all we know.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point. As far as I've seen 2 & 3 are from the early years, 5 & 8 post 1980.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So as the company grew so did the size of production adding on as needed?

I have no idea how a factory works I'm just having wild guess
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