Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup
A nice bright pickup for opening up the neck of your Les Paul (or any other Mahogany-body guitar).
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Nice and bright but still has that glassy Gibson signature tone.
I got a pair of the '57 Classic pickups in my Les Paul Studio Raw Power guitar and I'm quite pleased with them. They neck pickup actually works well for rhythms and smooth glassy leads. I threw a little Aerosmith at the dirty sound clip to show the versatility. Gibson neither publishes their output milli-voltage or DC resistance but this is definitely a good solid rock pickup.
Per Gibson's web site: "The '57 Classic features Gibson's special Alnico II magnet, vintage enamel coated wire, nickel plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers and vintage-style, two-conductor, braided wiring"
According to the Gibson "Comparative Pickup Output" chart on Gibson's web site, the '57 Classic output is on par with the Burstbucker 2 and the 490R (another great pickup). http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Divisions/Gibson%20Gear/Pickups/How%20They_re%20Made%20%281%29/
All in all, if you're looking for a nice, mid-to-high output Gibson-voiced pickup to open up the sound of your neck position and eliminate the mud, this is a great choice.
While there's no specific neck or bridge model, this pickup works well in either position. I specifically played a little slower on the Bridge Dirty clip so that you can really hear the crispy crunch of the pickup in that position. Clean, the bridge pickup is bright without wanting to make you cringe, and the neck pickup is warm and jazzy, everything you would expect from a Les Paul neck pickup. A friend of mine is going to put a '57 Classic Plus in one of his '59 Les Paul VOS guitars, so there's a possibility I'll be able to update this review with a clip or two of the '57 Classic Plus. Either way, this pickup is as close to a sure thing you're going to get out of a Gibson pickup.
These sound clips were recorded using the standard "dirty" clip from Line6 POD Farm, but I had to use a modified "Clean" sound which is simply the default "Blackface 'Lux" model with the volume dimed. Also, if these clips sound a little more "Hi-fidelity" than some of the previous clips, you can attribute that to the fact they were recorded using the new Line6 Relay G30 Digital Wireless system. Produces incredibly clear tone.
57_Classic_Neck_Clean.mp3 57_Classic_Neck_Dirty.mp3 57_Classic_Bridge_Clean.mp3 57_Classic_Bridge_Dirty.mp3
|Liked about it ||
Doesn't get overly-bassy playing first position chords.
Smooth, glassy leads above the eighth fret.
Works in either the bridge or neck position.
|Didn't like ||
I find it difficult to say anything bad about the pickup--I wish the GUITAR had come with a '57 Classic Plus instead of the '57 pair for the added output of the '57 Classic Plus.
Mar 08, 2010
Last updated: March 08, 2010
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