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Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup  

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Overview

  • Special Alnico II magnet
  • Vintage enamel-coated wire
  • Nickel-plated pole pieces
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      Patent-Applied-For sound and wax potted to fight pickup squeal.

      The Gibson '57 Classic Humbucking pickup for the neck position is a reproduction of the original Gibson Humbucker from the late 1950’s. In those days, Gibson did not build separate pickups in those days for Neck and Bridge, they used the same pickup for both. To best replicate the “Gibson PAF”, guitarists should put a '57 Classic in the Neck and Bridge positions. It is actually for both. For more modern sounds, the '57 Classic in the neck can be paired with the '57 Classic Plus in the bridge. The guitar pickup features Gibson's special Alnico II magnet, wax potted to fight high-volume feedback squeal; vintage enamel-coated wire; nickel-plated pole pieces; nickel slugs; maple spacers; and vintage-style, 2-conductor, braided wiring.

      Features

      • Special Alnico II magnet
      • Vintage enamel-coated wire
      • Nickel-plated pole pieces
      • Nickel slugs
      • Maple spacers

      Get back to that vintage sound, JoJo. Order this Gibson humbucker today.

       
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      Gibson'57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup
       
      4.9

      (based on 62 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (56)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

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      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Improves sound (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

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            • Experienced (3)

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          CLASSIC TONE - CLASSIC MOJO

          Honestly, I boggles my mind that we have 1000s of pickups to choose from these days. Everybody says X or Y is best. Then you hear that only boutique pickups sound good these...Read complete review

          Honestly, I boggles my mind that we have 1000s of pickups to choose from these days. Everybody says X or Y is best. Then you hear that only boutique pickups sound good these days. Then you hear about yet another pickup or pickup manufacturer that you have never heard of before.

          I started playing guitar in 1979 to makes sounds like I knew from recordings and what was in my head.

          These pickups are exactly what you know in your head for PAF tone. I have them in my 2005 Les Paul Standard and my older ES335. I pulled the Burstbucker Pros out of the Paul immediately and never looked back. In the neck position, you get exactly what you expect: a warm, smooth, and mellow tone for great jazz and blues tones on clean and amazing for rock and rhythm use. In the bridge it can scream in your face with punchy attack (Think Whole Lotta Love on The Song Remains the Same) that responds very well to your playing without using the volume on the guitar. Using the volume, you get an awesome array of range between that punchiness or you can turn down the volume for very nice cleaner sounds.

          I absolutely love these picksup! I had to do the array of other brands and types of Humbuckers but after 35 years of playing (and wasting money) I have decided that the 57 Classics are all anybody needs.

          THE AMP IS EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT AS GUITAR AND PICKUPS.

          It is true what they say about amplifiers. I would venture to say that a good amplifier (tube is the only kind I can play) might even be more important than the pickups and is crucial to finding your sound. A good amplifier can make any guitar sound great, including super cheap garbage guitars. Inadequate amplifiers will not make ANY guitar sound good. I use a 1969 Fender Twin Reverb with an OCD pedal and sometimes delay and that is that. I have tons of other pedals but when talking about sound and playing, for me less is definitely more.

          In Summary: Take my advice from 35 years of spending way too much money for sound acquisition and go with what is tried and true and exactly what all these other pickups companies are trying to reproduce. Concentrate on your amplifier and your setup to find something that can make you and ANY guitar sound fantastic. The reviews that say these pickups are MUDDY? No way are they muddy. The amplifier and your massive array of pedals are probably what is making the mud - not these pickups. If you play metal or super hard rock then add appropriate pedals to your setup and these pickups work for all types of music.

          VS

          Most Liked Negative Review

           

          Not for semi-hollows

          I've owned a set of these pickups for over 3 years. I've had them in my Heritage H-555 semi-hollow body electric guitar, and I find them very muddy. I am playing through...Read complete review

          I've owned a set of these pickups for over 3 years. I've had them in my Heritage H-555 semi-hollow body electric guitar, and I find them very muddy. I am playing through a vintage Fender amps, which are pretty bright, but these p/u's sound like someone put a blanket over my amp. Low output, very dull and muddy.

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          5.0

          AWESOME PRODUCT

          By Bernardo Gui

          from Arlington, Virginia 22204

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Awesome Product
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Extremely Versatile

          Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

          This is THE Best Humbucking pickup for the money.
          Quintessential Gibson guitar tones from this product. Buy this pickup & prepare to be blown away...

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          The search is over

          By Boomer

          from Florida

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

            Ok, this is the best humbucker pickup I've ever heard. Perfect classic rock tone, dial the vol knob back and perfect country tone and all others. Very clear, notes jump out. Made my LP sound so much sweeter. This same pickup is used in the neck and bridge position. It was a little to ballsy for me in the neck but didn't sound bad. I paired it with a Seymour Duncan SH-2n and wow. Love it. This pickup is worth the money. Buy it.

            Comment on this review

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            CLASSIC TONE - CLASSIC MOJO

            By Minor9th

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Classic Tone
            • Tried And True
            • Vesatility
            • Vintage

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Guitars Duh

              Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

              Honestly, I boggles my mind that we have 1000s of pickups to choose from these days. Everybody says X or Y is best. Then you hear that only boutique pickups sound good these days. Then you hear about yet another pickup or pickup manufacturer that you have never heard of before.

              I started playing guitar in 1979 to makes sounds like I knew from recordings and what was in my head.

              These pickups are exactly what you know in your head for PAF tone. I have them in my 2005 Les Paul Standard and my older ES335. I pulled the Burstbucker Pros out of the Paul immediately and never looked back. In the neck position, you get exactly what you expect: a warm, smooth, and mellow tone for great jazz and blues tones on clean and amazing for rock and rhythm use. In the bridge it can scream in your face with punchy attack (Think Whole Lotta Love on The Song Remains the Same) that responds very well to your playing without using the volume on the guitar. Using the volume, you get an awesome array of range between that punchiness or you can turn down the volume for very nice cleaner sounds.

              I absolutely love these picksup! I had to do the array of other brands and types of Humbuckers but after 35 years of playing (and wasting money) I have decided that the 57 Classics are all anybody needs.

              THE AMP IS EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT AS GUITAR AND PICKUPS.

              It is true what they say about amplifiers. I would venture to say that a good amplifier (tube is the only kind I can play) might even be more important than the pickups and is crucial to finding your sound. A good amplifier can make any guitar sound great, including super cheap garbage guitars. Inadequate amplifiers will not make ANY guitar sound good. I use a 1969 Fender Twin Reverb with an OCD pedal and sometimes delay and that is that. I have tons of other pedals but when talking about sound and playing, for me less is definitely more.

              In Summary: Take my advice from 35 years of spending way too much money for sound acquisition and go with what is tried and true and exactly what all these other pickups companies are trying to reproduce. Concentrate on your amplifier and your setup to find something that can make you and ANY guitar sound fantastic. The reviews that say these pickups are MUDDY? No way are they muddy. The amplifier and your massive array of pedals are probably what is making the mud - not these pickups. If you play metal or super hard rock then add appropriate pedals to your setup and these pickups work for all types of music.

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              4.0

              very nice

              By rinsecycle

              from RI

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

                  I replaced the neck pickup of my Epiphone Emperor with one of these and was quite pleased with the improvement in sound quality. The stock pick-ups are mid-rangey and kind of bland. The Classic 57 is more musical, richer, more complex sounding with higher highs and lower lows. Pricey, but satisfying.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Classic PAF

                  By Pauley

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

                  This replaced the stock burstbucker pro alnico v neck pickup in my gibson les paul standard plus. The stock alnico v neck was too bassy and powerful even after lowering height. This pickup tamed the bass and cleaned up the sound. Great pickup! The search is finally over.

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                  (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I really like these pickups

                  Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

                  Good sounding pickups.
                  Faithful to the original humbucker sound.
                  Top of the heap.
                  A little pricey.

                  Comment on this review

                  (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  One of the best!!

                  By AngolaJonno

                  from Indiana

                  Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

                  I have one of these in the neck of my les paul. And I installed a set in a customer's Epiphone Sheraton II. This is one of the best pickups on the market. It is super clear and clean, but very warm without being muddy. That being said. I feel that they are WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY over priced. There are other pickups out there that are very similar in tone, and cost about a quarter of the price. So if you want "that" tone, get these. If you want similar tone for less, get DiMarzio PAF Pro.

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  excellent pickups

                  By bogeyrpro

                  from atlanta ga

                  Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

                  I upgraded the pickups in an epiphone sheraton/335 and these really make a difference. Bought the pickups from MF, and the local tech that did the install also upgraded the pots, caps, and wiring. couldn't afford the real gibson 335, but these upgrades get it real close.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Like butter to my ears!

                  By SharkAtl

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

                  I dropped a pair of these humbucker pups into my PRS Se Singlecut to try to ge a little more of a clean tone to the guitar. Loved the sound of the original pups, but just wanted less of the crunch and more of the soul. These things sound fantastic!! Very smooth and clean tone to them. I decided to use the Classif 57 in both the bridge and neck pups, as I did not have a real need for the crunch of the 57 Classic Plus. I am very happy I decided to make this switch! This was the exact sound I was looking for. In fact, it has caused me to hold off upgrading my SE Singlecut to a PRS DGT model for a little while.

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  believe the good reviews

                  By RockNBlues

                  from Detroit

                  Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

                  I was skeptical despite all the good reviews that the 57 Classic was that much better than all the modern humbuckers. Believe it. Smooth, full sound that can go from mellow to intense with a turn of the volume knob. I installed a 57 Classic in the neck position of my SG Standard and it sings now like it never did before.

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