Up to now I had the Zs in my Tokai LS-150 and they completely lived up to their reputation for clarity and responsiveness. So why take them out? I have a nice set of Seth Lovers that I wanted to used in the LS-150 and I want to use these Zs in my Tokai LC-100 or Greco EC68-80. To deal with the lack of gold hardware I also traded the polepieces and covers with those from a set of PU-2s in gold I got from Yahoo Japan recently.
After measuring the resistance I realized that the one that had been in the bridge (with a shorter lead) has lower resistance at about 7.7k compared to the neck at 8.3k. The bridge needs a bit more volume so I switched them around.
From the numbers on the baseplates these pickups were made about 5 months apart. 210509 should be May 9, 1981 and 201106 should be November 6, 1980 if I am not getting things confused. The "2" is a production line number as far as I have read and doesn't indicate the model. These were not made They could have been purchased as after-market parts which may explain the different dates.
Here are some pictures to show the innards of these pickups.
|With polepieces and bobbin screws removed|
|Outer tape layer removed.|
|Double black bobbins.|
|210508 with bobbin removed. Maple and mahogany spacers? |
Note light wax potting and polished roughcast magnet.
|Back of the magnet showing some rough edges.|
|Wax potting and very rough magnet surface. I didn't take this out to see if the back was the same.|
|Back of the bobbin of 201106|
|Ready for installation in the Greco EC68-80.|