Gibson Accessories Burstbucker Pro Pickup - Nickel, Bridge, 2-Conductor

Gibson BurstBucker Pro (Bridge Position) with Alnico 5 Magnets and Nickel Cover
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Gibson Accessories Burstbucker Pro Pickup - Nickel, Bridge, 2-Conductor
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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. The BurstBucker Pro adds Alnico 5 magnets to the original BurstBucker design, which captured the subtle variations in true humbucker tone thanks to historically accurate "unmatched" bobbins. Used in the bridge position, the BurstBucker Pro delivers rich, smooth low end response along with a complex, satisfying midrange crunch. These pickups sound great clean or they can be used to push your amp into overdrive for the fat, smoky sound you can only get with a humbucker. All BurstBucker Pro pickups are wax potted to minimize feedback and noise. This one comes with a nickel plated pickup cover.

Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Alnico
Position Bridge
Number of Conductors 2
Covering Covered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number IM59B-NH

Customer Reviews

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A Fave!

I was a bit skeptical before purchasing, but I totally dig this pickup (matching set) I play original, punchy rock and roll (ala garge/powerpop) and it sounds great for that. Perhaps a bit 'punchy' for hardcore vintage fans, but I don't find it too hot either. I suppose it depends what you play, but for most rock and roll applications, these are juicy!
Music background: Semi-Pro

Case of bad sounding pickups or bad electronics?

I have used the Burstbucker PRO and the 498T. They both have their own distinct qualities and I like them both very much. I have had the unfortunate luck to purchase another 498T that much like one of the other reviews here for the Burstbucker PRO sounds thin and less than responsive. Not at all like my other guitar with the 498T. My only point here is that we may loose perspective on the fact that it is possible for a company like Gibson to occasionally put out a sub par product, but we also must look at the signal chain and electronics on the guitars themselves. Are they the best they can be? My current Les Paul, a Trad Pro II, started out sounding bitchin with the stock '57 and Super '57 combo. After a few gigs the pickups started to sound thin. I replaced the bridge with a 498T and it sounds thin. Is this a pickup problem or did something go wrong with one of the control pots. I cannot believe that both pickups sounded thin or the Super '57 would all of a sudden change it's tonal characteristic. So here I am looking at the Burstbucker PRO. I think a better option at this point would be replacing all controls and then seeing what the 498T sounds like and if the problem lies in the controls like I think it does, I will then purchase the Burstbucker PRO.

One of the top pickups

These are great pickups, they are standard on my Gibson Les Paul Standard model. They are hot enough and dynamic enough to play many different kinds of music, really good for rock, classic rock, blues rock, etc. I think some reviewers here have pickups that they bought used and just think they are BB pros. You know the only way to be sure is if you open the sealed package from Gibson. Unpacked many pickups look alike, and you can sell them as BBPro when they are actually not even close. Try these out by going to any Gibson dealer, they come standard on many new Gibsons. And play them on a good tube amp that costs over $1000.
Music background: amateur musician

My favorite Burstbucker

I was skeptical of this pickup at first, but I was totally surprised at how good it sounds. Its different from the other Burstbuckers, especially the BB3. The BB3 is a very bright pickup. Treble is its dominant trait. However the BB Pro is much more balanced EQ-wise. Its also very punchy and articulate. Surprisingly it does well with high gain too. It stays tight and retains clarity. If I had to compare it to another pickup I'd say somewhere in between a Seymour Duncan Custom and Distortion, but it still has that PAF sound in there too.
Music background: Musician

Burstbucker revision

Previously I rated the Burstbucker Pro pickup as a bad pickup. Having thought about it for a while, I am amending that rating to OK; I failed to take into perspective the fact that it does well on clean settings. I did not care for the tones on distortion, tube or pedal, but it does a reasonable job on clean settings.
Music background: 40 yrs hobbyist, playing rock, metal, blues, alt. guitar-keys
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