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Gibson Guitar Pickups

Since Gibson introduced their first solid body electric guitar in the early '50s (the Les Paul), their reputation has grown only stronger among strummers and shredders around the globe. In fact, Gibson's pickups are praised just as much as their guitars. The first Gibson pickup was unleased in 1957: the PAF humbucker had a dark and chunky hum-free tone that quickly became favored by guitarists who wanted to crank their volume to 10. Over the years, Gibson humbucker pickups could be found on the axes of countless legendary performers ranging from Angus Young of AC/DC to Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath.

In this catalog you'll discover that Gibson manufactures guitar pickups for every playing style and budget. Top sellers like the 490R Original Humbucker Pickup comes in your choice of gold, chrome and black/cream designs. It delivers a similar sound to the '57 Classic, but with more oomph in the upper mids. Speaking of which, the '57 Classic Plus Pickup can also be found in these pages. Featuring vintage enamel-coated wire and nickel-plated pole pieces, this pickup produces a high output without sacrificing the vintage tone that makes Gibson's late-1950s humbuckers so sought after.

Gibson soapbar pickups are also very popular. Although their nickname derives from their resemblance to a bar of soap, these pickups are technically called P-90s. Many legendary rock guitarists played with P-90s (Pete Townshend and Johnny Thunders, to name a couple). In fact, their high output and biting treble response made them a favorite during the punk rock heyday of the late '70s. If this sounds appealing you, then check out the P-90 Single Coil Pickup. Constructed with vintage 2-conductor, braided shield wiring, this pickup will have every chord and solo you play cutting through even the loudest mixes.

Honestly, you owe it to yourself to spend a little time in this section; there are many other top-notch humbuckers here, including the Angus Young Signature Humbucker and the Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup (for a sound that's one step closer to these legends, you'll love either one of these amazing pickups). Gibson's legacy in popular music cannot be disputed - and if this catalog is an indication to anything, it's that they've never lost their knack for designing high-quality guitar pickups.

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