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Mister Honey

PostPosted: 07/22/2004 at 9:03 AM    Post subject: Opinions, please! link

I recently acquired TB1000A #1279, or most of it! The neck & tuners are good, as are the pickguard & rear cover plate. Both pickups, the bridge, and electronics are missing. The koa body was originally red (I think) but was once painted lime green, and is now stripped. The body is beat, with a crack completely through the wood between the pickup cutouts, and another crack from the control cavity up and forward through the switch hole/lower body. A few small chunks of wood are missing at the edge of the switch hole and at the rear cavity cover plate rout.

I am a wood butcher, so repairing all the body issues is not a problem. The koa is not spectacular, so refinishing in a solid color is OK, and will hide the repairs.

Since so few Beans were manufactured, I think the chances of ever obtaining a set of original pickups and a bridge is slim, at best. Comments?

Please offer some thoughts on the installation of 2 (or 3) P90 style pickups. I would cutout, fill, and match the top of the body with new koa, then rout the new pickup pockets. I think a P90 is thin enough to fit between the strings and the top surface of the aluminum inside the body. The guitar is a keeper/player, but never a collectible, in my opinion. Too many parts are missing for a restoration.

Your comments are welcomed!


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01 Jun 2001
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PostPosted: 07/26/2004 at 12:43 AM    Post subject: RE:Opinions, please! link

While working there, I cloned 2 pairs of P-90 replicas (without realizing it at the time) for 2 employee owned TB500's. Both recipients, one of them TB himself, were quite pleased with the improvement over the stock 6000 ohm units. I'd say ... full speed ahead.

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alex Maiolo

PostPosted: 05/28/2005 at 8:53 AM    Post subject: RE:Opinions, please! link

I love the P-90's so much that I replaced the stock PAF in the neck of my Tele with a Seymour Duncan "P-90 is PAF's clothing." Straight drop in. I'm not a Gibson guy, but P-90's are wonderfully aggressive, and I think they are in the true spirit of Beans. My guess is that you're going to get into TB500 territory sound-wise. If you're looking for TB1000 sounds, I gues you have to stick with 'buckers. I hear the vintage, or vintage replica Fender humbuckers are damn close, but I have no first hand experience. I'd offer you the one I just tok out of my guitar, but it's a Mexican one of so-so quality, not the better Japanese or American version.

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