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    Need help identifying pickups taken out of a 87 PRS Std.

    I took the pickups out of a 1987 PRS Std a few years ago. I want to put them back in, but have two other sets of pickups that look similar. I can't find any markings anywhere on them. How can I figure out which is the correct set and which is the bridge and neck pickup?

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    That's a tough one... You could start by seeing if two of the slug pieces are not magnetic, I believe (but could be totally wrong) that the high E&B pieces for those years were non-magnetic, so you should be able to figure out which is which that way.... That's all I got.

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    Prolly T&B Blank Backs...............







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    You could measure the resistance. The bridge will be higher than the neck. As for what kind they are, the ones that have no markings are "Vintage" I think. I have them in my 88 CE24 and the PRS website says they are "Vintage".
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    Thanks for the quick replies everyone. They look exactly like markie's pics - gray wire too. Most likely, these are HFS treble and Vintage bass - is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OWNZILLA View Post
    Thanks for the quick replies everyone. They look exactly like markie's pics - gray wire too. Most likely, these are HFS treble and Vintage bass - is that correct?



    Not HFS Treble & Vintage Bass

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    I've never seen an unmolested '87 without stamped T&B's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OWNZILLA View Post
    Thanks for the quick replies everyone. They look exactly like markie's pics - gray wire too. Most likely, these are HFS treble and Vintage bass - is that correct?
    Mine look the same, but the website calls them Vintage. Not sure about them though.
    1988 CE24, 1995 CE22, 2000 SC, 2006 Cu24 AP, 2006 SC AP, 2007 CuRo22, 2008 Mira, 2010 Starla Stoptail, 2012 Mira
    2007 SE Soapy 2, 2010 SE 25th Anni Cu24, 2012 SE Bernie, 2013 SE Angelus

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    OK another question - What about a treble-bleed mod - what does everyone recommend? What about a parallel version with a 680pf capacitor and a 220K resistor?

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    Me either. I thought the "blank back" T&Bs came out in 1988?


    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    I've never seen an unmolested '87 without stamped T&B's.
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