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hi can anyone tell me if these pickups are original tokais?

 
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shap
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:26 am    Post subject: hi can anyone tell me if these pickups are original tokais? Reply with quote

Hi can anyone please help me , i brought a tokai silver star off ebay .I was told it was all original( except for the finish ) but i am not 100% sure about the pickups .

It plays great but the pickups are a bit thin sounding .

any information would be appreciated


here are some pictures

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/shahpur/silver.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/shahpur/tokaiclose.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/shahpur/tokaihead.jpg


thanks
shahpur

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silvestars usually have quite thin sounding pickups so they could be original
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they are black wouldn't they be the high-end DiMarzios?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My vote is no. That does not look anything like the wire they used. There should be two individual wires per pickup twisted neatly together and the pickups should have a grey bottom, not black.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The high end DiMarzios has black bobbins AFAIK. I think they're in the SS-80 Silver Stars. Don't remember what the wires look like though...
EDIT: That body looks a lot like the natural finished SS-80 but that model should have brass saddles.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There should be two individual wires per pickup twisted neatly together and the pickups should have a grey bottom, not black


The Dimarzios in my SS-80s have 2 wires coming out of each, but do have black bottoms. They sure don't sound thin though--they're about twice as hot as the pickups in my Springys and Goldstars. I also have an SS-50 and SS-40 both with grey backed 2 wire pickups as described above (SS-40 is stamped H and flat-poled)


I think some other (later?) SS models may also have black backed pickups, but I always thought they had 2 wires (often black and blue?). I suspect Peter Mac might have more info on this, and maybe some other forum members?

My SS-80:


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pickups you show in your SS immediatly above have 5 holes in the bottoms whereas Shaps have only three.

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