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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, Gibson did not build separate pickups in those da... Read More

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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, 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.

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  • Special Alnico II magnet
  • Vintage enamel-coated wire
  • Nickel-plated pole pieces
  • Nickel slugs
  • Maple spacers
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Gibson'57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup
 
4.9

(based on 13 reviews)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

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from Evansville, IN

Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

I replaced the Burstbucker Pros in my Les Paul Studio, and there was only one choice for the neck pickup-the '57 Classic. This pickup is so warm and smooth. It gives that great vintage tone that I covet playing mostly blues and classic rock.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pickup (not just for neck)...

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from Houston, TX

Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

These pickups were originally stock (in bridge AND neck) on several Gibsons prior to the creation of the '57 Classic Plus pup. I think that GC labelling them as 'neck' pickups is misleading as they sound great (better IMO) in the bridge position! Great vintage (but not too vintage) pickup. Good for classic rock, blues, 90's hard rock, etc. They are muddy in the neck position! I have 2 '61 SG RI's, a Les Paul, and an Explorer (bridge position) w/ these pups and they really are great! Been playing 25 years and own over 25 electric guitars.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Like melted butter ...

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from Atlanta, GA

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 Classic 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.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

sweet sound

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from vero beach florida

Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

I replaced whatever was in my guitar with this pickup, and the difference is very obvious...it sounds just like it should, exactly like a LesPaul...very sweet..if you want traditional Les Paul sound...this is it

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the gibson sound you dreamed of

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from Windsor, Vriginia

Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

I got this pickup to put into a Squier Tele Custom. It totally brought my guitar to life. the old pickup had a really angry tone that i got tired of, and this little piece of art gave my guitar a new personality. the gibson pickup brings up mellow tones that adjust to any playing style. I paired this pickup with a Seymour Duncan JB pickup in the bridge to mix some biting tones through the mellow waves. I can recommend this pickup to any player who likes to get rid of their angry tones and put a classic sound in their guitar.

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson 57 classic pickup

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from orange county calif

Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

Absolutely awesome. Flexibility, sound countour and control. Why did gibson ever put the 'way to hot' 496's on the 1960 Les Paul reissue. I don't know why. The bridge pickup was spec'd out at 14.2 and the neck at 10.2. My guitar tech recommended the classic 57 and classic plus 57. Dont waste your time with any other pick choice. I couldn't be happier with the control, sound and flexibility of the classic 57's. Jay Lawless of Guitar center (el toro/mission viejo Calif) store styled me out. Free shipping and recieved with in 4 days! What a deal!!!! Whether you've got a Les Paul, SG or a knock off copy, You will not go wrong with the classic 57's. My rig is a Fender blues deville 2-12, and Marshall 1-12 combo with echo/delay pedal, blues driver pedal and vintage ibanez chorus pedal. The sound is fantastic. I give these pickups a 5 star rating.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great upgrade

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from fairfax, va

Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

I have a Gibson ES-333 that I recently upgraded the stock pickups (4990, 498) and put the 57 Classic in the neck position. It really makes this guitar sound fabulous, like the 335. The cleans sound really great and this guitar has that great, warm, hollow-body sound with the 57 Classic.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

'57 Classics in my Hamer Special

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from Upper-Austria

Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

I changed the stock pups of my '96 Hamer Special (Seymour D. '59 & JB) 'cause I needed something that sounds great at clean and crunch levels. The JB in the bridge had too much output (about 16k) and sounded horrible when played clean. With the '57 classic in the neck and the classic+ in the bridge I found tonal heaven! This Pickups have nice lows but never get muddy. The mids give you enough punch for good old rock (like in Alright now) and the highs... you can melt away glaciers with them. Nice harmonics and even when played distorted you can hear every single note. They're absolutely keepers!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent!

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from Maryland

Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

I replaced my pickups in my Epi Les Paul with the 57 Classic and Classic Plus and what a remarkable difference in sound. The Epi plays great but I was never that fond of the muddy sound in the pickups. It doesn't hurt to replace the pots with good ones, too. It now sounds like my Gibson Les Paul all the way!

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(32 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent replacement pickup

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from Missouri

Comments about Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup:

I stuck one of these in the necl position of my Epiphone Les Paul Standard, and its tone went from a mushy, inarticulate, and ho-hum to a brillant tone worthy of any rock band! My only complaint was installation - instead of two wires (hot and ground), you were given a hot wire in shielded in cloth under braided metal, and you had to ground the braid. Made installation a bit tricky, but still doable for anyone who has medium skill with a soldering iron.

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