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.