Gibson 57 Classic Vintage NC

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The first humbucker was the PAF by Seth Lover (the PAF gets its name from the "patent applied for" sticker which was stuck on its underside), and this was subsequently found on the legendary Gibson guitars, including Les Paul, SG, ES series, but also in the exotics like Flying V or Explorer. For many guitarists it is still the best: not a screamer - it is much too classy for that - ​​but it can sing like no other pickup. Nowadays even the tough guys prefer to use the PAF in the neck position, because it harmonises so well with a slightly more violent-sounding pickup on the bridge.

  • Humbucker
  • The ultimate reissue of the legendary PAF
  • Clear, bluesy sound to fat, sustain-rich lead sound
  • Nickel cover
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  • Blues Neck
  • RnR Middle
  • Rock Bridge

Further Information

Active No
Wiring 2 Conductor
Output Low
Kappe Yes
Colour Nickel
Position Bridge, Neck

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A personal favorite in humbuckers
TKS, 15.09.2013
Everything else about my Les Paul felt right, but I could not overcome the fact that something seemed to be missing sonically. It felt as if the guitar left something lacking; I needed more dynamics, clarity and punch. So I did as most of us do, I read a ton of stuff on the Internet; websites, forums, blogs, the whole nine yards. One model of pickup that seemed to pop up every now and so often was the Gibson '57 Classic.

Intrigued by the buzz around this pickup, I ordered a normal '57 Classic for the neck position and a '57 Classic Plus for the bridge position.

Wow! What a difference the pickups made. The original pickups were by no means bad, but the '57 Classic and '57 Classic Plus provided me with the sound I'd been looking for. The clarity, the dynamics, the punch - everything was there. Now I get creamy leads from my neck pickup for solos and that little extra bite from the bridge pickup for rabid rhythm work. Thanks a lot for a great product!
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Vintage sound and output
Dzon, 25.03.2019
I wanted a more vintage sounding pickup instead of the 496r that was put in the neck position of my LP Traditional by the previous owner.

This is a very nice sounding, kinda low output humbucker. I like that it retains clarity even with higher gain and it reacts to very well changes in volume/pick attack. Compared to 486r it has much less output and bass frequency content, but that only makes it sound clear, not thin. The 486r could get a bit muddy with more gain on the amp.

Overall I am very satisfied with this pickup. I think this is the pickup to get if you want that old school LP blues/rock sound. I would probably not use this pickup for metal. The original pickup was more useful in that kind of scenario.
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Great Upgrade for a low/mid value guitar
Derek S., 14.01.2020
I put two of these in a Schecter C1+ to replace the stock 'Designed by Duncan's. It resulted in a much better sounding axe - clarity and sustain that was not there before.

Simple hot & ground conductors so no coil splitting available with these
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A perfect replace for any neck humbuker you want to upgrade.
Francesco Bo, 30.04.2019
I bought it, in pair with a classic ‘57 plus, to upgrade my Epiphone es-335. I am not a professional musician, but I have been playing for years to appreciate the difference when it comes to pick a new pair of pickups. The sound is exactly that kind of sweet fat round voice you wantet to find for your guitar, exactly that one! There’s no doubt that your playing is going to be affected by the new sound, regardless the genre you play. An endless sustain, rich of mid and bass tone, which make your tone at the neck something unique. It might be with the clean, the crunch or even the distorted sound: your new voice will strike you and your listeners.
If I had to choose only one pickup to replace in any of my guitars with humbuckers, the one at the neck (classic ‘57) is the one I would go through. It is really the one which makes the difference.
Yes, it’s true: it is (they are) a bit expensive and it has (they have) only two conductors, so, no way to split. But, trust me: it does really worth it!
As for Thomann ... forget about it (quote from Donnie Brasco): they are a perfect pair for your purchaising, always!
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