For those seeking a classic Les Paul — and by “classic,” we mean historically accurate — Gibson Custom has truly gone back to their roots with the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop. But today’s Guitar of the Day has a twist; rather than the “standard” PAF-style humbuckers or P-90 single-coils, the Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Gold Top features mini-humbuckers. In every other regard, this is an exact reissue of a ’57 Paul.
Mini humbuckers offer a nice alternative tone to other pickups. Not only are they as quiet as any full-sized humbucker, but because of the narrow coils and because the section of the string sensed by the magnetic field is narrower, the tone they produce is brighter — not as bright as a single-coil, more in the range of a P-90, but with that “girth” you get from a humbucker, and, as we said, with no noise. It’s a versatile sound that’s useful for rock, blues, country, even jazz.
Many players are discovering that mini humbuckers offer an outstanding sonic color, especially when loaded into a tone machine like this ’57 Les Paul Gold Top, with all that great resonance, sustain, and articulation.