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Best repro tuners available for a vintage Gibson ... and 'Reverse Zebra' PAFs?!

cryptozoo

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Greetings, LPMFr's! It is I, Cryptozoo, returned from the great cyber wasteland to mine wisdom of the collective vintage consciousness. I see you've changed the carpet around here, looks nice.

Anyways,

1) In 2016, who makes the best reproduction tuners / buttons for a vintage 335? I know Uncle Lou is out of biz, but who's got producing the best-looking stuff these days?

2) What's the consensus on rarity of late-50s reverse zebra PAFs, here? As in white screw, black slug. I've been working on vintage pickups for 5+ years and have never seen one in person until now, but I know some of you cats pro buy and sell, so opinions on this are welcome.

Thank you, and goodnight!
 

TM1

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Crypto; welcome back!! I would try Steve at Vintage Haven in the U.K. and also Crazyparts in Germany. Both places have a nice selection of vintage correct(or close to it) parts.
Cream screw coil and black slug coil? Wow, that's rare. I think in 45 years I've only seen 2 maybe 3 PAF's like that. Usually from early 1960 when black bobbin production started up again. As I'm sure you are well aware, the colour of bobbins was black until the Hughes Plastic corp. ran out of Carbon Black to add to the cream butryte pellets that were melted to inject into the bobbin molds. As with all things Gibson, there's always a lag time between making stuff so probably they got the slug bobbins in black first and then the screw coil bonins after that, but very rare as far as the ones I've seen..Cool!! Thanks for sharing this. Any photos?:salude
 

cryptozoo

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Hey, thanks for the response! I'll check out Vintage Haven & CrazyParts and see what they've got.

Happy to share pics of this rare bird to anyone who gets excited about these sorts of things. In fact, I've never seen another shot of a reverse zebra that still had its cover on -- all the pics I've seen, which is only a handful, had covers removed and the bobbins were pretty worn out. Virgin solder joints on the entire wiring harness for this '59 335, so it's the rill dill.

The owner backed out one polepiece screw to get a better look at the screw coil -- that's why it's flush with the baseplate in the pics.

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