L-500 Features

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Inductance/Naming

When Identifying an L-500 from the Bill Lawrence Pickups (Classic)Pickups made and sold between 1975 and 1984 by Bill Lawrence(Willi Lorenz Stich). period, you should be aware that the L-500 product line underwent name changes throughout 1981, The hot L-500L was renamed the L-500XL with the cleaner L-510L becoming the new L-500L. the L-500R did not change in output or name.

Lead/Wire

The lead or wires can also be an indication of where your pickup came from.

The Blades/Rails

Only Bill Lawrence Pickups (Classic)Pickups made and sold between 1975 and 1984 by Bill Lawrence(Willi Lorenz Stich). pickups featured a curved blade, others are flat. I am looking for info on when this change was made (I'm guessing somewhere mid to late 1983, not long after the "Bill Lawrence USA" imprint appeared). Current By Bill Lawrence (WS)This label denotes pickups made by Bill Lawrence(Willi Lorenz Stich), after 1984, including pickups from OBL Pickups and/or at billlawrence.com pickups feature wider blades than current Bill Lawrence Products (EZ)Pickups made by Jzchak Wajcman after 1984. billlawrenceusa.com pickups.

Bill Lawrence Sticker/Signature

This is an example of a [tip:By Bill Lawrence (WS)=This label denotes pickups made by Bill Lawrence(Willi Lorenz Stich), after 1984, including pickups from OBL Pickups and/or at billlawrence.com] electric guitar pickup (right). These electric guitar pickups do not feature "Bill Lawrence USA" markings anywhere on the pickup.

Stamp - BILL LAWRENCE U.S.A.

Current L-500 electric guitar pickups from Bill Lawrence Products (EZ)Pickups made by Jzchak Wajcman after 1984. billlawrenceusa.com have a "Bill Lawrence U.S.A." stamp or print on the top (left).

Imprint - BILL LAWRENCE USA

The marking "Bill Lawrence USA" (see pic left and right) in the plastic housing is found on Bill Lawrence Pickups (Classic)Pickups made and sold between 1975 and 1984 by Bill Lawrence(Willi Lorenz Stich). and Bill Lawrence Products (EZ)Pickups made by Jzchak Wajcman after 1984. billlawrenceusa.com pickups. This marking appeared on pickups in the last month of '82 or early in '83.

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