In the world of popular music, there are few brands as recognizable and respected as Gibson. In the early 1950s, Gibson introduced its first solid-body electric guitar (the legendary Les Paul) and by 1957 they released their first humbucking pickup, the PAF ("Patent Applied For"). Since that time, Gibson guitar pickups have become favored by countless amateur and professional guitarists and their catalog includes a wide range of pickup models. Whether you're inspired by Angus Young's unmistakable tone or Tony Iommi's heavy metal crunch, you're definitely in the right place for a new Gibson guitar pickup.
Before delving into your options, you'll need to ask yourself what kind of guitar sound you hope to achieve. For example, if you're after a chunky tone that sounds warm and well-rounded even at high volumes, a humbucker is definitely the way to go. When it comes to pickups, Gibson is known most for their humbuckers, so you can bet that there's plenty of top sellers to browse. Need a suggestion? Kick things off with the 498T Alnico Humbucker. Boasting an incredible mid-range, extra high-end power and vintage sustain, the 498T is ideal for playing solos. Another favorite is the '57 Classic 4-Conductor Humbucker Pickup. A 4-conductor version of the Gibson '57, the updated modern wiring of this pickup allows you to split the coils for a classic, retro sound.
Now for those who prefer a sound that's bright and sharp, the Gibson guitar pickup for you would be a single-coil P-90 (also known as a "soapbar" pickup). P-90 pickups were popularized by many loud-and-proud guitarists over the decades, including Pete Townshend (check out The Who's stunning 1968 performance on "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus") and punk rock icon Johnny Thunders. For a similar tone to these legends, feast your eyes on the P-90 Single Coil Pickup. Lean and mean, the biting treble response of this pickup is the result of vintage 2-conductor, braided, shield wiring. Install this bad boy on your axe and you'll have no problem cutting through any band mix.
So go ahead and make your choice! And remember, the Gibson guitar pickups mentioned above are only a sample of what is waiting here; there are even signature artist pickups, including the Angus Young Signature Humbucker. There's no two ways about it: if you're the proud owner of a Gibson or Epiphone guitar and want to upgrade your tone, the Gibson guitar pickup for you is sitting in these pages.