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Gibson Velvet Brick pickup

Early 1980s humbucker designed by Tim Shaw

Some guitars fitted with this pickup

1981 Gibson Victory MVII
Gibson part number 13076. The Velvet Brick was an exposed-coil "super hot" humbucker - described in 1980 Gibson literature as a "bitch of a pickup". It was the stock pickup in two early 1980s guitars: the bridge position of "the SG" Standard and Deluxe models, and in the neck position of the Gibson Victory MV2. It was also widely offered as a replacement/upgrade part. The exposed "zebra" coil look was a common feature of Gibson humbuckers at this time, and it can be hard to differentiate between the different models. Other pickups (most notably the Sonex Deluxe humbucker) often get misdescribed as Velvet Bricks. Gibson literature at the time described it as a conventional iron-loaded "hot rodded" humbucking pickup (indox ceramic magnet substituted for Alnico).

Distinguishing features of the Velvet Brick include contrasting black/cream coils with adjustable pole pieces in the black portion, the patent number 2,737,842 on the reverse (the same patent number on all Gibson humbuckers that actually refers to the Gibson Les Paul combined bridge/tailpiece), and a grey lead with black and red coated wires, and uncoated drain wire. The coils are mounted to a ferrous reflector plate "for additional output".

Dimensions: (excluding mounting tabs) 2.60" x 1.40" x 0.63". The Velvet Brick could be mounted with a typical plastic surround (Firebrand SGs) or to a scratchplate (Victory MV2) with either two or three mounting screws.

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