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Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup  (Open Box)
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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
  • Vintage-style, two-conductor braided wiring

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

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Gibson'57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup
 
4.8

(based on 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (10)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

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.

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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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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

CLASSIC TONE - CLASSIC MOJO

By Minor9th

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

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.

    (9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    One of the best!!

    By AngolaJonno

    from Indiana

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    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.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    believe the good reviews

    By RockNBlues

    from Detroit

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    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.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    classic!

    By moses2112

    from new jersey

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

    when i told everyone in my band i was putting this pickup on my ibanez they all thought i was crazy! but it sounds beautiful, just like a gibson. i have this in the bridge position, it was a pain to get it to work right because the outside of the wire was the other part of the wire, so you need to make sure its not touching anything before you start playing. i bought this for one reason: alex lifeson uses it and man oh man do rush tunes sound great on it, its great for blues and classic rock so if that your kind of music, get it

    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I really like these pickups

    By Smilin' Melvin

    from Tucson

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    Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

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

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    All Les Pauls Need '57 Classics

    By Sound Underground

    from Valencia, CA

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    Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

    My rig is simple: Gibson LP to Morley wah to Marshall JCM800 50-watt w/ Tophat 2x12 Celestion "greenbacks" cab. My two Gibson '59 LP Standard flametop reissues have '57 Classics and I love 'em. The horrible 498T and 490R humbucking pickups that come on most Gibson LP Studios and Standards are far too "bitey," like dragging your teeth across a chalkboard. Thus, I've replaced 498T's and 490R's with '57 Classics on 2 Gibson LP's, and also put them on an Ibanez "lawsuit" Rocket Roll V and Ibanez '77 Les Paul. 57 Classics have phenomenally sweet tone even at low volume and still roar at high volume. Will give you the desirable harmonic feedback and sustain through a Marshall, not that ghastly microphonic squeak. (By the way, put Groove Tubes on your Marshall!) Gibson should install '57 Classics on all their LP's and dump the 498T and 490R.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BluesBreaker

    By Mike-hDpPM

    from Rogers City, Michigan

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    Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

    I recently installed one of these in the neck position my my Agile LP. WOW!! these pickups spew vintage tones from another era. I was able to get really good Clapton BluesBreakers era sounds, as well as good Cream and Zep tones. Put one of these in the neck and pop a 57 Classic+ in the bridge and you'll be set for life. Good for blues,classic rock and jazz. Metal heads think twice.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    excellent pickups

    By bogeyrpro

    from atlanta ga

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    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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good upgrade

    By Ephiphone2Gibson

    from Minneapolis, MN

    Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

    I recently put one of these in my Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition. The sound upgrade is very noticeable. I can easily hear sounds come through my gear that I never heard through the stock pickups. There is an overall smoothness and balance that was not present before. It sounds great both clean and with distortion, and I never found a clean sound I liked previously.A note for installation - Every guide I read mentioned that there is simply a ground wire and a lead wire and you should push back the mesh wire casing to reveal the ground wire. The ground wire actually IS the mesh casing. You peal it back and twist it into a wire yourself which is then soldered to the top of the pot. This was not intuitive for a novice and I did away with a good amount of the mesh casing before realizing what it was. Otherwise installation was relatively easy.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Like butter to my ears!

    By SharkAtl

    from Atlanta, GA

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    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.

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Forget Seymour Mudman... These are great

    By Pygmy Twilight

    from Reno NV

    About Me Professional Musician

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    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.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME PRODUCT

      By Bernardo Gui

      from Arlington, Virginia 22204

      About Me Professional Musician

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      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...

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The search is over

      By Boomer

      from Florida

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      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.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Classic PAF

        By Pauley

        from Pittsburgh, PA

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        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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A world of difference...

        By Sonic Intuition

        from Boston, NY

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        Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

        I recently purchased this pickup along with a Gibson '57 Classic Plus. I replaced the stock pickups in my Epiphone G-400 SG with these; the Plus in the bridge position and this one in the neck. I am completely blown away by the difference in sound quality. These pickups sound fantastic both clean and distorted. They make my cheap epiphone sound like a Gibson! I was thinking about buying a new guitar as I've had my SG for about 8 years, but with these pickups, I think I'll keep it. If you're looking for that classic Gibson sound, give these pickups a try. You'll be pleased. I know I am.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Pickups, They're Worth It.

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

        I recently had the internal debate you're having right now: is it worth the money? Well, I know, it's a lot of money, especially for something that you could readily find in cheaper, different brands. But I have to say, these pickups made a world of difference for my Epiphone Dot. After purchasing an American Fender, I became accustomed to a richer, lively sounding guitar, something I realized my Dot was not living up to. I love the Dot: hollow and solid at once, oversized, long neck, great sustain, but the existing pickups sounded dull compared to my obviously different but better quality Strat. The best I can compare it to is listening to music through computer speakers, versus high quality speakers...The fact is, if you can, and you appreciate quality, I think they are worth it. I am not going to deny that I wish they were cheaper, but, go for both, the 57 classic in neck and the 57 classic plus in bridge. Installing these PUs inspired me to learn to setup my own guitars and sparked my interest in working on guitars in general. Let me help you out though, there's a tutorial on Gibson's website but the images do not show Gibson brand PUs, which you will find do not have mulitple wire groups, but rather, a metal casing (solder to the volume pot) and the internal wires (solder to the instructed hub)...really, this is probably the most noticable upgrade you can make, and after the laborious task of pulling all of my Dot's electronics out of the f-hole, removing the old PUs and installing the new ones, then carefully placing all the pots and switch back through the f-hole to their respective locations, I realized that the task is probably the justification for the major cost difference between the Dot and the Gibson ES 335...I won't deny that original versions are amazing, but if you want to find something between the two, this is a great purchase.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Jazz guitar pickup

        By MacGyver

        from Sterling Heights - Michigan

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

            There are a lot of Rockers using this pickup so I wanted to give a good JAZZ perspective.. I bought a Gibson L4ces back in 2000 and while its a fantastic hollow body jazz guitar, the original pickup is seriously lacking in the HIGH frequency department. Its deader than a door nail.. So I popped this baby into the guitar and I am really blown away. Its as clean and clear as it gets. This really made a giant positive change in sound quality. I like a very crystal clear guitar sound with lots of high frequency harmonics. This pickup delivers!

            (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not for semi-hollows

            By Just me-Su.Ci

            from Kenosha, WI

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

            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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            '57 Classic: in a class by itself!

            By Teleman323

            from LA, CA

            Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

            I'm a blues player, mainly. Give me a '57 Classic in the neck position and I can do anything. I've put these p/u's in a number of guitars, solid and hollowbodies, and the results are always the same: plenty of power, tone, reliability, and mojo. Want to sound great? Just swap in the '57s!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This = '57 Classic Plus = Heavenly sound

            By slysendice

            from Kingston, ON

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            Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

            This came stock in the neck position of my Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom (a limited run of Les Pauls in 2007), along with a '57 Classic Plus in the bridge, and the sound is simply AMAZING! Go buy one and put in the neck position!

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