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  • The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

    Hi all,

    I decided to pot the covers and the mags of the original mini HB's in my 1976 Gibson Deluxe. I liked them, but they were a bit microphonic. Hence, the operation... But to make matters worse, the height adjustment screws of the neck pickup were stripped. So first I had to deal with them screws. And having had no idea about the details of the routing... well it was sorta interesting endeavor to say the least.

    I did do the potting thing. I also have taken pics of the magnets and inside of the pickup. Here they are:















    And here is how it looks now:



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    Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

    Interesting! I've never had my '78 Deluxe apart, but I've always wondered what they were like under the covers.
    Collings: '08 001-mhsb
    Dean: '02 Hardtail
    Fender: '63 Jazzmaster, '74 Telecaster & '11 American Special Telecaster
    Fender Custom Shop: '16 1962 Custom Telecaster
    Gibson: '78 Les Paul Deluxe & '99 Les Paul Standard
    G&L: '87 Asat, '02 Asat Classic
    Guild: '81 X-79 Skyhawk
    Heritage: '09 H535 25th Anniversary
    PRS: '97 Standard 24 & '99 McCarty

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    • #3
      Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

      I guess yours would have similar parts. However, those from 75 and earlier have the metal mounting bar in the pickup cavity which looks as follows:



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        Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

        I forget to mention that that is a damn fine looking Deluxe. Did it start out as cherry-burst and age to that color?
        Collings: '08 001-mhsb
        Dean: '02 Hardtail
        Fender: '63 Jazzmaster, '74 Telecaster & '11 American Special Telecaster
        Fender Custom Shop: '16 1962 Custom Telecaster
        Gibson: '78 Les Paul Deluxe & '99 Les Paul Standard
        G&L: '87 Asat, '02 Asat Classic
        Guild: '81 X-79 Skyhawk
        Heritage: '09 H535 25th Anniversary
        PRS: '97 Standard 24 & '99 McCarty

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        • #5
          Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

          The pic I have posted above is from the LPF:

          http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=119748

          And the poster mentions that it is from a 69 Deluxe.

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          • #6
            Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

            Originally posted by Sprinter View Post
            I forget to mention that that is a damn fine looking Deluxe. Did it start out as cherry-burst and age to that color?
            Thanks.

            I dunno. I've got it quite recently through a trade:

            https://forum.seymourduncan.com/show...436-New-Guitar!

            I guess it always has been a honeyburst (my favorite).

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            • #7
              Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

              Here's my Cherry-burst '78 Deluxe. I've owned it forever.

              Collings: '08 001-mhsb
              Dean: '02 Hardtail
              Fender: '63 Jazzmaster, '74 Telecaster & '11 American Special Telecaster
              Fender Custom Shop: '16 1962 Custom Telecaster
              Gibson: '78 Les Paul Deluxe & '99 Les Paul Standard
              G&L: '87 Asat, '02 Asat Classic
              Guild: '81 X-79 Skyhawk
              Heritage: '09 H535 25th Anniversary
              PRS: '97 Standard 24 & '99 McCarty

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              • #8
                Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

                Originally posted by dr.barlo View Post
                Thanks.

                I dunno. I've got it quite recently through a trade:

                https://forum.seymourduncan.com/show...436-New-Guitar!

                I guess it always has been a honeyburst (my favorite).

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                You did good on that trade! I like honey-burst too. My '99 Les Paul Standard is honeyburst.
                Collings: '08 001-mhsb
                Dean: '02 Hardtail
                Fender: '63 Jazzmaster, '74 Telecaster & '11 American Special Telecaster
                Fender Custom Shop: '16 1962 Custom Telecaster
                Gibson: '78 Les Paul Deluxe & '99 Les Paul Standard
                G&L: '87 Asat, '02 Asat Classic
                Guild: '81 X-79 Skyhawk
                Heritage: '09 H535 25th Anniversary
                PRS: '97 Standard 24 & '99 McCarty

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                • #9
                  Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

                  Originally posted by Sprinter View Post
                  Here's my Cherry-burst '78 Deluxe. I've owned it forever.

                  Very nice looking guitar!

                  Cool!!!

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                  • #10
                    Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

                    Did you swap that roughcast Alnico magnet with the A8? If so, what did it do tonally to the minibucker? I've thought of doing the same thing to beef it up and add a little spice, but ultimately I just replaced it with a CS mini JB. Still curious about it though.

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                    • #11
                      Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

                      That is Tobacco Sunburst on Doc's guitar. Very prominent color during the Norlin era. Recently ressurected on the 2014 LP traditional.

                      Thanks for the pics and FYI Doc.
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                      • #12
                        Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

                        Wow! They look like little crunch labs!

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                        • #13
                          Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

                          Originally posted by speed2dirt View Post
                          Did you swap that roughcast Alnico magnet with the A8? If so, what did it do tonally to the minibucker? I've thought of doing the same thing to beef it up and add a little spice, but ultimately I just replaced it with a CS mini JB. Still curious about it though.
                          I was entertaining the idea of a mag swap... Yet the mag turned out to be a short one (as I was expecting actually). For a while I thought of doing it because still it is physically possible. It is just that one end of the mag would be "sticking out a little". But the side that'd stick out would have been the plain strings' side on the bridge. Not ideal...

                          So I did not do the swap and put it back.

                          It was a strong magnet by the way. I had a a Gauss meter at one point in time, but then it died. Anyways I wasn't using it that much but now I have a much more primitive mag strength test. I am using an a5 out of a 59 (in which I have an a4). And finding out the minimal distance two mags start physically pull each other sorta gives some idea about the strength. That mag out of this mini HB was quite strong. And it was quite rough cast, I was expecting something shiney. There was something peculiar though. The stock mag from the mini had an 8 written with some marker. I tried checkng the internet about it but did not get much info. Then I stopped because the guitar sounds good anyways...



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                            Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

                            Originally posted by JeffB View Post
                            That is Tobacco Sunburst on Doc's guitar. Very prominent color during the Norlin era. Recently ressurected on the 2014 LP traditional.

                            Thanks for the pics and FYI Doc.
                            Hi,

                            I like the color... It maybe due to my age afterall, because them Norlin's were the ones I was drooling when I was a teenager.



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                            • #15
                              Re: The anatomy of 1976 Gibson Deluxe mini HBs

                              Just curious: maple neck or mahogany?

                              My '77 Deluxe was maple.

                              Great playing guitar.

                              I'd have kept it if the neck was mahogany.
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