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Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup  

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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 65 reviews)

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    (59)

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    (5)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (6)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (3), Professional musician (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

      Better tone = more enjoyment and better playing

      By bluescat2012

      from Hollywood, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

          My main guitar is a Jackson Soloist from the '80's. I played a lot of heavy rock back then but later I started concentrating on blues/rock. I spent a fortune experimenting with pickups. I was thinking PAF's but which kind? Ironically I ended up with the company that started it all. These babies SING. I have one in the neck and bridge. I use a Soldano hot rod 50 and I have to say the change was inspiring, to say the least. When the tone is amazing, you'll play better and you'll play more often. These pickups increase your enjoyment level to the max, and are well worth the price. Plus, there's a lot of headroom, which means if you play metal just use a good pedal and you'll have the sound you want with less noise.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

                (3 of 3 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

                (2 of 2 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

                  (13 of 13 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.

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