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The perfect bridge-position companion to the '57 Classic.

The Gibson '57 Classic Plus Pickup mimics those late-1950s humbuckers that received a few extra turns of wire. This treatment gave the pickup slightly higher output without sacrificing its rich vintage tone, which helped overdrive tube preamps to a smooth level of saturation without becoming overpowering. Made with the same features as the Gibson '57 Classic.

Gibson '57 Classic Plus Pickup Features:

  • Special Alnico II magnet
    Vintage enamel-coated wire
    Nickel-plated pole pieces
    Nickel slugs
    Maple spacers
    Vintage-style, 2-conductor, braided wiring




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  • This is a great pickup

    As reviewed by G. Strange on 10/31/2009

    I'll admit it...I've got a few sets of Gibson pickups in more than a couple of guitars. Some of the sets I've tried out are the Burstbucker 1/2 Combo, the 490/498 Combo, and the Bursbucker Pro set in a Gibson Les Paul Custom. Truth be told this pickup didn't go in some expensive, high end guitar. It went into something I bought used at a pawn shop for almost a song. But, with that being said: I think out of all of the Gibson pickups I've tried/purchased thus far, this one has impressed me the most in terms of output and midrange response. It's harsh, but not too much. (If I'm not mistaken, they use Alnico II magnets in these?) It's also not overtly trebly like the Burstbuckers are in the bridge position...even with a 500k pot applied against it. Currently I have it matched with a Burstbucker Pro in the neck...it's a sweet tone. I can imagine the '57 Classic sounds great too. In conclusion...if you're considering a bridge pickup for your guitar from Gibson, this is probably the one to buy. Out of all of the pickups I have bought from Gibson this was the one where I felt that it was worth the money that they were asking.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful.
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  • Classic is Classic!

    As reviewed by Greg on 4/4/2010

    I bought a new SG Standard last year and really enjoy playing the guitar. The stock 490 pups were ok sounding, but were missing that classic soul that I always loved in a 60s SG. After a whole lot of research, I decided that I would try a set of Classic 57/57 plus pups. WOW! I've always been a Fralin single coil fan and was really tempted to try his HBs but for the difference in money, I wanted to try the Gibbys. Glad I did. They are pure PAF, but with the wax potting are dead quiet, even in my noisy studio room. The neck pup is very smooth and round but the 57 Plus is just amazing! It is smooth but had definition and bite. The highs have great detail for a HB but are very smooth and does not have that spike in the upper mids that the 490s do. You need these if you are doing classic rock or blues or jazz.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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  • Quite the upgrade

    As reviewed by Dan on 4/20/2009

    Upgraded my Epiphone Les Paul Custom Plus with a '57 Classic and a '57 Classic Plus. The new sound is incredible. Just pick a little harder and this really wants to rock. I am finally happy with the tone and sustain of my guitar.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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