Gibson Accessories '57 Classic Pickup - Gold, Neck or Bridge, 2-Conductor

Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker with Alnico II Magnets and Gold Cover
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It would be a big mistake to assume that all humbuckers sound alike. Truth is, there are a number of Gibson humbucking pickups available, and each one has its own distinctive personality. With its "Patent Applied For" decal on the faceplate, the '57 Classic is a near perfect re-creation of a late 1950s humbucker, delivering a warm, even tone with full, even response. From clean to crunchy, the '57 Classic delivers the kind of richness once thought possible only from an original 1950s humbucker. Used in the neck position, the '57 Classic is the perfect complement to the slightly overwound Classic Plus in the bridge position. It features special Alnico II magnets, vintage enamel coated wire, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers and two conductor braided wiring. Thanks to modern production techniques, each '57 Classic delivers all the tone you'd expect from a vintage Gibson humbucker. This one has a gold plated cover.

Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Alnico
Position Neck
Number of Conductors 2
Covering Covered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number IM57R-GH

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Good classic tone

I installed this on an Ibanez hollowbody to replace the stock pickups. The stock pickups were weak and lacked the warmth I was looking for in a "jazz box". With the '57 Classic I am now able to get good jazzy tones out of my guitar. At first the sound was brighter than what I wanted, but after a couple of tweaks with the volume and tone controls I was able to get a balanced warm tone.

Sweet Tone

So, I recieved a PRS Semi Hollow in a trade and really liked the fit and finish of the guitar. I've been moving towards Jazz lately and just found the stock pickups lacking. I replaced the neck with the 57 classic and the bridge with the 57 classic plus. Yeah, sweet tone. Worth the money, even to have them professionally installed. That is if you dig the tone. Basically neck=jazz bridge=blues weird but true both=twang
Music background: Professional

Forget other Alnico Humbuckers

Forget other Alnico Humbuckers, if you wanna the golden magic of the music from the 50s , 60s and of all the times is that your choice... Gibson 57´ is what begin what a noiseless hollowguitar should sound... That´s the way to go... don´t waist your time like I did before 57´...
Music background: musician, recording musician

the tone I was looking for

I bought a used 2008 Gibson Les Paul Studio with stock 490 & 496 pick ups in. I was disappointed. Sure it sounded great, just too bright for my sound. To be honest my Epiphone LP Standard sounded so much sweeter, closer to the tone I was looking for. So I decided to try the '57 Classic. I was blown away. The tone I was looking for. It might not be for everybody, but with the right amp settings it can go from singing sweet melodies to shredding with the hottest slinger around.
Music background: Hobbyist into recording, multi insrumentalist, guitar, bass, keys.
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