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silver star pickup ID ?

 
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mattbarlow
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:53 am    Post subject: silver star pickup ID ? Reply with quote

Hello!

I 'd like you to help me find out what the pickups in my 79 Silver Star exactly are!
Also a bit explaining on the 9=2&3 YS would be nice!
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P1010035 by volbu, on Flickr

Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pickups are Alnicos probably made by Gotoh as were the Tokai Es,Us,Vs,V11s,11Vs,Hs and Ts.As for the production codes they are beyond my pay grade.YS means Yellow Sunburst.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the reply!
they are original then i guess?? I ll have to look for the 79 ss36 specs
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup,original
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I clearly remember a topic with a list with detailed specs of Silver Stars, I ve searched via google and the site and cant seem to find it!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that was it or something very similar!
Thanks felix !
I quite like the pickups on the Silver Star... although I always read they are not good (maybe it's the fact that it's the first strat type I like playing!...killer)
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys,

This pickup arrangement looks later than 1979 to me. The absence of black bobbins and the brass ground plate and grey unstamped bobbins would be around 1983.
The body however has the correct stamp for 1979 being in the front pickup cavity. Can you post headstock pics and backplate and end of fingerboard should have a number impressed ie '50'
What is the serial number for this guitar?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At this moment I don't have other pics. The serial is starting with 9.... And there is a 36 number on the fretboard. I think its safe to say its a 79 ss 36. Do you think the pickups are not stock?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys,

By the sounds of it the neck is most likely a 1979, although the next 3 numbers are important also. eg: 9001xxx

To me, the whole scratchplate and pickup assembly are from a 1983 model, but it is SilverStar. The blue/black wiring confirms this.

Nice post, Felix. Where did you find that??

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its 9005 the first 4 digits



To me, the whole scratchplate and pickup assembly are from a 1983 model

what do you mean by that! Someone rewired it lets say in 1983???
What could the pickups be?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK

What I mean by that is the whole electrical assembly (scratchplate, pickups, wiring, pots, etc) has been taken out of a 1983 SilverStar and put into the 1979 body you have there.
It is very easy to do and is more common than you think.

On the up side, it is still all genuine SilverStar - just from 2 different years.

Oh yeah - the body code 9=2&3 YS (and it should have a matching neck code also of 9=2&3 ) means a September build, production run 2 and 3. As stated before YS means Yellow Sunburst (3-tone sunburst)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a great deal!!!

BTW its a stellar player ... not a strat fan here till now!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi - lovely Silver Star you have there...

I too reckon they are great players also, having just bought one. Does anything from Pink Floyd - SRV - even some Zeppelin (when Jimi used a strat )
The silver stat pickups you have look exactly the same as the ones in my 82', even with the wax pooled around the bottom of one - exact..!

Very versatile guitars and well worth every penny....
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