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Thread: Early 50's Gibson Dog Ear

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    Early 50's Gibson Dog Ear

    I've had an old early 50's Gibson P-90 in my shop for repair recently & I don't think I've ever seen a vintage Gibson p-90 like this one . it's from an early 50's ES-125 dogear .
    I've never seen a bobbin like this in an old p-90 pickup It's like it's made from a b/w/b 3 ply pickguard but it is pretty rigid .
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    Any one resemble this to one of there repairs ?
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    might have been rebuilt at some point

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    Interesting. Several questions come to mind.

    What is the core material? It looks like it is glued together--Correct?

    Are there counter-sunk holes for the adjustment screw heads? -- Hard to tell from the pics.

    Are the inside bobbin dimensions consistent with other period P-90s?

    Agree with Jack, could be a rebuild.
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    Here's a few more pics
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    The holes are not countersunk , the dimensions of the bobbin is similar to a vintage p-90
    the core looks like it is attached with silicone but it is not as that white glue is quite hard .
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    That bobbin looks homemade to me. Maybe somebody sometime broke the bobbin sides out and replaced them with some leftover styrene sheet?

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    What does the coil/tape look like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReWind View Post
    What does the coil/tape look like?
    The tape looked like the Period correct tape black but it wasn't coming off easy
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    Looks real to me. I have an old Gibson P-90 with rod magnets with the bobbin made of the same material.
    They don't make them like they used to... We do.
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    Its real- I have seen lots of them like that and pattern my P-90s after that with a built up bobbin.
    They dont rot like the injection moulded ones

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    Thanks guys The bobbin is pretty much rock solid & not full of cracks like the later 50's bobbins .
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    This p-90 have that higher tpl of the P-90's that I've dissected but this pickup was machine wound with typical era wire & so i did not think i was rewound or home made bobbin .
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