From wilco–(at)– Thu Jun 13 15:54:02 CDT 1996
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From: “R.J. Wilcox”
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Subject: Re: Pickups – Les Paul Deluxe
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 1996 09:28:05 -0700
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Mick Soriano wrote:
> I have a ’75 Les Paul Deluxe with the old “mini-humbuckers”. Does
> anyone know of any aftermarket replacements for these guys? Any info is
> appreciated.
> Mick Soriano
> msorian–(at)–

About three months ago, I replaced the original mini-humbuckers in my
’71 Les Paul Deluxe with Seymour Duncan mini-humbuckers. They are
a direct replacement for the originals. It’s a pretty simple project
if you’re handy with a soldering iron.

I was very reluctant to replace the pickups, feeling that I didn’t want
to modify my guitar. Installing full size humbuckers was not an option
as far as I was concerned. On the other hand, I wanted a fatter, beefier
tone than I was able to get out of the stock pickups.

The result? I wish I had done it a long time ago. The range of tones
available now is incredible. The volume and tone controls actually
work as you would expect. I am very happy with these pickups.

Duncan makes three types of mini-humbuckers. I haven’t got the
information here, so I can’t tell you about the differences. I selected
the “Seymourized mini-humbucker”. The models are SM-3N (neck) and SM-3B

Hope this helps. I know when I was considering “the change”, I could have
used some input.

Good Luck,

RJ Wilcox


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