Burstbucker Pro a bust!!
You folks are not going to believe me, but this is a BAD pickup. Dont get me wrong, I am a Gibson guy through and through. I own several les pauls and number of other Gibson guitars. and I thought I knew this company. Year before last I decided to change some of my les paul classic guitars around from the standard, mediocre 496 and 500t pickups to a richer more melodic alnico pickup.
Tried Burstbuckers on the Bridge of honeyburst and 498t on the bridge of Goldtop. For 2 years I have been muddling by using the Honeyburst with the Burstbuckers in my music room. where I use my axes, Gibson., strats and Damien Elite 7FR through a nice stereo'd Marshall 900 4100 stack, with FX thanks to TC Electronic G Force and pedals.
I have been alternating the HB with the Goldtop there and not caring very much for the Honeyburst (Burstbuckers) but using my Boss Mega Distortion for power. I did like the goldtop with the 498T better, but just by a bit. However I did notice there was something that that system did not like about the Burstbuckers. But the Boss Mega Distortions analog power was able to push its way through with either pickup.
HOWEVER, last week, I made the discovery of a lifetime. I put both HB and the GT through my Marshall DSL 100 in my den, no effects, straight guitar into the valves, guitar, me, and stack.
And holy moly the Goldtop sounded fanstastic through the 498T on bridge, especially on leads with the tube overdrive ON. Wonderful Power chords galore, and sweet cleanish distortion on the leads. And I mean SWEET, and smooth too.
The STUNNER? When I hooked up the Honeyburst ,with the Burstbuckers direct into the DSL stack. I was Shocked, SHOCKED, to hear a crummy, chunky, yucky distortion of even harmonics, very few odd harmonics and NO Sweetness at all. The chords were almost tolerable because yes they were distorted, but NO sweetness there, and no smoothness or articulations on the individual lead notes! and no smoothness at all.
I would NOT recommend this pickup to a friend. I would NOT puchase these burstbuckers again, and I just got through paying my guitar tech to pull the Burstbuckers out of the HB guitar, and placing 498T in there in the bridge. I am disappointed in Gibson, and really surprised at the experience.
And I am VERY impressed with the 498T and how sweet its lead tone is through this Dual Super Lead. At least I found one pup that made me happy. Bottom line, my DSL LOVED that 498.
It was certainly not my cup of tea, the BBPro. Try one with your gear before you sink your money into this expensive pickup.