GRECO PU 2 pickups - any good?

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GRECO PU 2 pickups - any good?

Post by MIJvintage » Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:23 pm

I recently acquired a 1980 Greco EGF-850, the pickup bases are stamped (embossed) PU 2, and also ink stamped with an upper case A, and 200220

I've heard of these/read about them but haven't owned any, until now

Does anyone here know if the Greco PU 2 pups are any good?

Thanks in advance for any info :)

As a side note; the rear pup is a double white & the neck pup has at least one white bobbin (seen through hole in photo).......

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Post by MIJvintage » Wed Sep 12, 2007 4:16 pm

Thanks for all those replies & keep 'em coming, lol.....................

.........I put new strings on this beat up girl, adjusted the bridge & the truss rod each, a couple of times, and I must say, I am very impressed with the output & response of these PU 2 pups but then again, taste in pickups is a very subjective issue.............

I actually believe these PU 2s are closer in response to the older Burny VH-1 pups; I like these much better than the pups in most of the other Grecos I have owned :)
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Post by japanstrat » Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:17 am

The 1980 prices of Greco pickups were

Dry 20,000 Yen
PU-2 15,000 Yen
U-2000 12,000 Yen
U-1000 10,000 Yen



EGF1800 DRYx2
EGF1200 DRYx2
EGF1000 PAFx2
EG1000C DRYx2
EG900 PAFx2
EGF850 PU-2x2
EG800GS HOT LICKx2
EG800C PU-2x2
EG800PB U-2000x2
EG800PR U-2000x2
EG800 PU-2x2
EG700 U-2000x2
EG600PB U-1000x2
EG600PR U-1000x2
EG500 U-1000x2
EG500C UDx2
EF500J U-1000x2
EG500GS UD-DXx2
EG480 UDx2
EG450 UDx2

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Post by MIJvintage » Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:27 am

japanstrat, thanks for the info, very nice

in the listing, the seller claimed the pups as Double Trick so, I suppose the seller didn't even bother to remove 4 screws to actually determine what the pickups really were :o

just another example of another seller passing off something, that was really not what the seller claimed, and in this case it was an easily identifiable item :roll:

funny how some sellers wanna piss & moan when their snafus are thrown about...........................
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Post by MIJvintage » Thu May 20, 2010 2:15 pm

finally got around to pulling the covers on these 1980 Greco PU-2 pups, and as suspected, they are 100% double white :D

I think I will put them in the 'shop order' BLS-59 after it arrives in a couple weeks 8) ..............


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magnets are not at all charcoal in color but are very silver = Alnico :) , also as suspected ......................
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Post by dombat » Fri May 21, 2010 7:13 am

Which Greco pu are comparable to the '80 Ibanez Super 70, manufactured by Maxon too?

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Post by japanstrat » Fri May 21, 2010 7:20 am

U-1000
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Post by dombat » Sat May 22, 2010 7:12 am

japanstrat wrote:U-1000
Are you sure that the U-1000 has alnico 8 magnets?

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PU-2 Pickups

Post by ozgrecofanatic » Sun May 23, 2010 2:34 am

Well here's the deal. Last night I played my just recently acquired 1980 EGF-850 at a gig. The guitar looks great, feels great etc BUT the PU-2 pickups left me COLD. :o

I realise that this is a bit of sacrelige but the U1000 pickups in my EG-500 Super Real sound better. More "sparkling" and probably a bit more higher output. I confess to being a bit disappointed.

Anyone here know the output of these 2 sets?

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Post by Juni41 » Sun May 23, 2010 2:58 am

I don't know the output level but I have played a lot with PU-2 in my EGF850 and they were really great pickups.
No so far from the Dry Z in fact...
Not as great off course but near.
That's why I very surprise of your post. :o
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Re: PU-2 Pickups

Post by MIJvintage » Sun May 23, 2010 8:58 am

ozgrecofanatic wrote:Well here's the deal. Last night I played my just recently acquired 1980 EGF-850 at a gig. The guitar looks great, feels great etc BUT the PU-2 pickups left me COLD. :o

I realise that this is a bit of sacrelige but the U1000 pickups in my EG-500 Super Real sound better. More "sparkling" and probably a bit more higher output. I confess to being a bit disappointed.

Anyone here know the output of these 2 sets?

Dave

Maybe your PU-2s would sound better to your ears, in a different guitar?
Just a thought.
Too bad you don't like them in the 850 :(



I have played the same set of pickups, and in different guitars, and they can sound quite different in the different guitars.

I have done this with many sets of pickups.

It would seem reasonable to assume that a set of pickups would sound the same, or almost the same in any guitar but from my expereince, that is not the case.

The above pictured PU-2s sounded great in the 1980 EGF-850 that they were originally in, even though the guitar was a POS :lol: with the delaminating veneer top :P

I have yet to install the PU-2s into a diffrent guitar but when I finally do get around to it, I hope they sound as good as they did in the EGF-850.

If they do not, I won't be surprised.
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Post by muccax » Sun May 23, 2010 10:28 am

hi
if you dont like them ........ i would like to try them :D :D :D
and i am pretty sure you dont like them :D :D :D
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Post by MIJvintage » Sun May 23, 2010 11:46 am

muccax wrote:hi
if you dont like them ........ i would like to try them :D :D :D
and i am pretty sure you dont like them :D :D :D
all the best
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LOL :lol: true dat ........

what he said :D ...................
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Post by japanstrat » Mon May 24, 2010 2:14 am

Are you sure that the U-1000 has alnico 8 magnets?

Yes, I'm pretty sure.

I have some U-1000 pickups and I've also had Super 70s and they are just about the same.
The Alnico 8 magnet produces a distinctive brightish sound in the old Maxon pickups plus Maxon have said they used Alnico 3, 5 and 8 in the old pickups and Dry Z are Alnico 3 and therefore sound vintage like and U-1000 have the Alnico 8 thing going on and are bright and chirpy and verging on ceramic in lots of ways but still have Alnico characteristics and U-2000 have the Alnico 5 thing going on, standard sort of thing and not as bright as Alnico 8.
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PU-2 Pickups

Post by ozgrecofanatic » Mon May 24, 2010 2:33 am

Japanstrat that's exactly what I hear! My U-1000 pups are bright and airy and probably a little higher in output. The PU-2 are much "middier" to my ears. Also the neck pup on this guitar is WAY louder than the bridge. I even ajusted the bridge up as far as possible but it's still a lot weaker than the neck....Gonna keep tweaking and see how I go.


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