Re: 60's Ampeg mic/pickup

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Posted by Bob Gollihur on October 20, 2000 at 07:11:40:

In Reply to: 60's Ampeg mic/pickup posted by Paul Kochanski on October 19, 2000 at 23:58:53:

: Just acquired a 1960 (approx.) Kay bass with an Ampeg pickup installed.
: It has a mic mounted on the inside end of a long (24") end pin, some knid of high impedance connector on the other; and a big transducer-type thing mounted between the feet of the bridge which is connected to a 1/4" female jack.
: Where did this thing come from? How does it work?

It sounds like you have an original Ampeg mic in the end pin-- that's where Ampeg (Amp Peg) got its name. Interesting historical piece, but nothing you'd probably want to play given the quality of contemporary pickups and mics.

The bridge pickup -- is it gold colored, with an inch-sized, larger round piece in the middle, between the contact points and a threaded rod? If so, it's probably a Polytone, which have a tendency not to live too long -- also old technology; I was grateful when mine died (the second time) because it put me on a search that lead me to the K&K Sound stuff.

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