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Serial Numbers are the most accurate method of arriving at an old Hofner's date of manufacture - that is providing it is a Selmer distributed guitar; the European and US market guitars didn't get meaningful serial numbers until 1976.Alternatively, many early archtops have dates of body manufacture written under the table top, just so as to make it really difficult to read!See the picture below of these fairly rare units: It would appear that he "staple" pickup was simply a development from the first Type 511 above, and that the only significant difference is that the non adjustable polepieces ("staples") are now exposed through the pickup casing.As usual, black plastic surrounds were used with the side mounted set-screw location system as in the picture above.Two aluminium vertical adjustment wheel on threaded mountings were originally fitted between the base and main body of the pickup, (see plastic cased bar pickup below), but unfortunately these are missing from this example.The centre of the pickup has been hollowed out, and five bar magnets surrounded by a hand-wound coil are fitted inside.The two coils can be seen in the Project Guitar Parts Photos of the Inside of a Type 510B.

The longest lasting of all the Hofner standard factory fitted units.This was, after all, the type of pickup fitted to John and Paul's Clubs in the early Hamburg days, and of course to Stu Sutcliffe's 500/5 Bass!They are of similar construction to the Rosewood Bar pickups above, apart from the material used for the case.The information given below is provided for general information and identification purposes relating to Hofner pickups only.If you really do wish to strip away the mystery behind pickups in general, then I have no hesitation in recommending the following two articles written by Helmuth Lemme: You don't see many wooden bodied pickups these days!!

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