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Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup Double Black 

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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...Read More

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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 64 reviews)

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    (58)

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    (5)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Improves sound (5)

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

      Forget Seymour Mudman... These are great

      By Pygmy Twilight

      from Reno NV

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

        I have these on a lot of my Gibsons, yes I own about 15 Gibson guitars, and they are the real thing.

        I have tried the Seymour Duncan imitations, and they just do not compare.

        Unless you are some metal head looking for a flat muddy sound to hide your playing, these are the way to go.

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Worth the price

        By Whizzer

        from Cincinnati, OH

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

            Would recommend. Replaced the Epiphone pickups, which were good. The Gibson Classic 57's are GREAT! Warm, sound.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

              (8 of 8 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.

                Comment on this review

                 
                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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (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 12 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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (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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