Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: The collection
Wow. You have all the bases covered nicely. I had an '80 Les Paul Custom and your '81 Gibson may have those really great Tim Shaw (Gibson engineer then, Fender engineer now) humbuckers. Serial on back will reveal that with cross check on internet. They are the one thing collectors are excited about in the Norlin era of Gibson and Epiphones with Gibson humbuckers. Some Gibsons work well and others are not that great but many have ripped out anything from '80-'86 and put them in their favorite axe. I thought about getting some Shaws for my favorite ESP. The Classic '57s are basically the same idea but there's something about the Shaws that are magic and collectors are snapping them up driving up the price every year. Other than finding them used in a store from an owner who doesn't know, some of these puppies can go for more than the guitar they are in and I have seen them at $500 each, but certain examples can fetch almost an unlimited amount of money. You may have one of those if it's double creme and a proto with no serial on back. However 99.9 % percent of them will have serial thought but look out for extra small cable/lead hole on bottom. Readings on earliest ones, while they were on the way to final, will vary. Someone in Japan will give you an amount that could re-buy your entire collection twice over. PM me and I can tell you more.
Look for something along these lines in the inked serial for regular production Shaws:
Tim took Gibson away from the experimental '70s pickups and put the humbucker squarely into the original design as close as possible. Next to real, vintage patent applied for humbuckers, these are the most sought after, actually, along with Ibanez Flying Fingers humbuckers.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 01-20-2013 at 10:25 AM.