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Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup   

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The Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Humbucker's powerful multi-ceramic magnet structure enables this monster to cover lots of territory. This Gibson cerami...Read More

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If it's no-holds-barred, in-your-face hard rock licks you want, look no further.

The Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Humbucker's powerful multi-ceramic magnet structure enables this monster to cover lots of territory. This Gibson ceramic pickup can scream or growl-never losing its rich combination of enhanced lows and crystal-clear highs. Double black open coils. The 500T pickup comes with 4-conductor shielded wiring.

FEATURES
  • Powerful ceramic magnet structure
  • Enhanced lows and clear highs
  • Double black open coils
  • 4-conductor shielded wiring

Your axe sounds great as it is, but if you really want to make it mean, this humbucker is the ticket. Put it in the cart!

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Gibson500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup
 
4.7

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (8)
  • Improves sound (8)
  • Functional (6)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good bridge humbucker bite

This is more expensive than some pickups, but you get what you pay for. The ceramic pickups will surely change the tone any guitar setup. This pickup is heavy music friendly, but it...Read complete review

This is more expensive than some pickups, but you get what you pay for. The ceramic pickups will surely change the tone any guitar setup. This pickup is heavy music friendly, but it doesn't mean that you can't play this in other genres other than heavy rock or metal. With the pickup responsive to the guitarist picking and because it will produce different sounds depending on how it is wired, the 500T is an excellent pickup that has excellent value.
The 500T is a good pickup that has more bite than the stock BurstBucker that came with my Gibson Les Paul Standard. A lot can be achieved if installed with a Symour Duncan Triple Shot. The sound when wired in Series is definitely edgy. This is one of the best pickups I've tried, comparing it to a BurstBucker and two other Seymour Duncan models.
To be expected from Gibson and the price range of this pickup, quality is good. Wires are also good. Soldering the pickups gave me no problems. The tape wrapping the humbucker is cleanly done. There are no signs of imperfections, both its construction and its sound when playing.
From the edgy sound of the series wiring, you can get a softer tone by wiring it parallel. Splitting the coils to either side can produce a sharper than Fender tone. Split coils sound close to a bridge pickup of a Telecaster.

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Terrible!!

Found at my flying V factor X, paired with a 496R... It i way too hot, and way too unfocused. Not good for dgent, rock, and tragic at clean or blues...Read complete review

Found at my flying V factor X, paired with a 496R... It i way too hot, and way too unfocused. Not good for dgent, rock, and tragic at clean or blues sounds. Immediatly replaced for a D'activator from Dimarzio.

The best functionality for this pickup is to ell it or to familiarize yourself with soldering!!!

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Pickup Is For Metal

By 

from California

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

    I love a lot of pickup companies out there today (all American of course) but Gibson still makes the finest pickups available. This particular pickup, the 500T are the pickups you hear from The Scorpions "Rock You Like a Hurricane", so it kicks you in the teeth. This is not a pickup for playing clean melodies, or Rock-a-Billy, Buddy Holy type music. All of which is great music, but not for this pickup.

    I prefer the best of both worlds; a Gibson PAF (PAF tones are a must for me) at the neck which is the 490R, Burstbucker 1, Burstbucker 2 or a 57' Classic for beautiful, clean melodies. However I always prefer the 500T at the bridge when I need serious firepower without losing its shape in the muddy hum-drum of ridiculously overpowered pickups.

    I have used about every type of powerful pickup out there and nothing beats the 500T for leads. You can strike a harmonic, take your girlfriend out for dinner and a movie, come back and its still singing away. If you are playing an American made Gibson (any model) of course.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Quality Great Sound

    By 

    from Cape Cod, MA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

      I added this pickup to a Les Paul Studio project guitar because I already had a Standard with PAF type pickups and I wanted something different. I tried a Duncan Custom and found it to have too much high end, then I tried a Duncan Distortion and found it was a one trick pickup and didn't work well with pedals. Then I tried the 500T and it was perfect, amazing sustain and clarity with a higher output. It responds well when you back off on the volume. I used 500k pots and it sounds great on 8 on the knob, and allows for a nice boost when you slide it back to 10. I am very pleased. I guess I shouldn't be shocked that a Gibson pickup was the best choice for a Gibson guitar. This pickup gets a bad rap on the gear page threads, but when it comes to tone you need to decide for yourself. It may not be for everyone, and I prefer PAF medium output if I had to choose one, but I like this pickup as a high output pickup. This pickup can do metal, rock, blues and cleans up nicely IMO.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Terrible!!

      By 

      from Greece

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Output

      Cons

      • Loose Sound

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Replacement

      Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

      Found at my flying V factor X, paired with a 496R... It i way too hot, and way too unfocused. Not good for dgent, rock, and tragic at clean or blues sounds. Immediatly replaced for a D'activator from Dimarzio.

      The best functionality for this pickup is to ell it or to familiarize yourself with soldering!!!

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      5.0

      Can't Go Wrong!!!

      By 

      from schenectady, ny

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      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Hot But Not
      • Improves Sound
      • Solid Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Classic To Modren Rock
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        Back in the early 90's a friend of mine put a 500T and a 496R in my '81 LP and i loved them then... recently (sept.'13) i got a PRS Custom 24 SE, nice guitar, but the tone just wasn't there... awe i know what i'll do... yup, 500T, 496R. Problem solved!

        Really makes a nice combo, they clean up nicely with the volume knob and when you need the extra gain you got it. And guitarist with trems in the bridge don't let the lack of an F space model deter you... standard spacing works just fine.

        Hope this helped in the GREAT TONE QUEST!!!
        :)

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is an awesome humbucker!!!

        By 

        from Hillman, Mn

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

          Had this installed in my vintage 1980 Gibson Les Paul Firebrand, which was already an awesome sounding & playing guitar. It really improved the guitars sound! Right now I have a Demarzio in the neck position, but I think I am going to purchase the 496R to pair with the 500T. Thumbs up to Gibson on producing great sounding products!!

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I screwed up

          By 

          from youngsville,La.

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

            Ok I've owned a few of these pickups before great for coil tapping,or straight up in your face loud use of a volume nob it tames easily I own charvels,strats,and kramers.have followed brown sound so decided to get an EVH Frankenstein pickup to replace a 500t,I have in a San dimas with it ,bad move it didn't have the deep punch and crisp treble just. Lot of sustain and real cracking type highs played it for about 4 hours and when my wife notice I screwed up a sweet sounding guitar I quickly moved back to the Gibson 500t to the bridge position sorry had to try always chasing tone but I think it's time too quit perfecting the wheel and play really missed it that bad in that short of time

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Hot!

            By 

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

                This is a great pickup. Very hot, high output. Do be aware that installing this pickup isn't going to turn your guitar into a Gibson Explorer. There's a reason they're [$]. But it should be vast improvement over any stock pickup. I play almost exclusively metal and put this pickup in a Schecter C-1 Artist. I should have done this earlier.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good for metal especially older metal.

                By 

                from West Valley City, UT

                About Me Novice

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Clarity
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

                  I love this pickup for metal I get good clarity. I put this in the bridge position on my cheap Epiphone SG. I have no complaints. The pickup though is loud. Glad I bought this.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  This pickup RIPS!!!

                  By 

                  from Wilkesboro NC

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

                    This is one my favorite pickups. It sounds powerful and will drive the front of a tube amp HARD! Not the best clean tone but you don't really get these for a chimey clean tone. Massive sustain and huge lowend. Cuts through like nobody's business!!

                    The high end can be a bit much at times so just adjust to taste. I prefer this to the EMG 81 because the 81 is just to generic IMO.

                    The review below that says "underpowered" is a joke. I have no desire to swap this out of my V and if I get a guitar with the 500T...I leave it!
                    Nails that early '90s death metal tone with authority!!

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good bridge humbucker bite

                    By 

                    from Philippines

                    Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

                    This is more expensive than some pickups, but you get what you pay for. The ceramic pickups will surely change the tone any guitar setup. This pickup is heavy music friendly, but it doesn't mean that you can't play this in other genres other than heavy rock or metal. With the pickup responsive to the guitarist picking and because it will produce different sounds depending on how it is wired, the 500T is an excellent pickup that has excellent value.
                    The 500T is a good pickup that has more bite than the stock BurstBucker that came with my Gibson Les Paul Standard. A lot can be achieved if installed with a Symour Duncan Triple Shot. The sound when wired in Series is definitely edgy. This is one of the best pickups I've tried, comparing it to a BurstBucker and two other Seymour Duncan models.
                    To be expected from Gibson and the price range of this pickup, quality is good. Wires are also good. Soldering the pickups gave me no problems. The tape wrapping the humbucker is cleanly done. There are no signs of imperfections, both its construction and its sound when playing.
                    From the edgy sound of the series wiring, you can get a softer tone by wiring it parallel. Splitting the coils to either side can produce a sharper than Fender tone. Split coils sound close to a bridge pickup of a Telecaster.

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