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Gibson BurstBucker 1 Humbucker Pickup

Slightly underwound with a medium output to deliver that classic "PAF" tone guitarists crave, the Burstbucker 1 works great in the neck and bridge position. (21) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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Gibson BurstBucker 1 Nickel
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Product Description

BurstBucker pickups from Gibson Original Equipment now give guitarists a choice of 3 replica sounds from Gibson's original Patent Applied For pickups -- the pickups that give the '59 Les Paul Standard its legendary sound. The 3 BurstBuckers -- all with unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, like the originals - represent the variations found among vintage Gibson humbuckers.

The initial demand for Patent Applied For replica pickups came from Japanese collectors, and the BurstBucker was offered exclusively in Japan beginning in 1996. By 1999 word has spread of the unique replica tones produced by BurstBuckers. Gibson USA put the first BurstBuckers on a production model with the Gary Moore Signature Les Paul in the Summer of 2000, and Gibson's Custom division then equipped the Class 5 Les Paul, Custom Authentic '68 Les Paul Custom and Custom Authentic '58 Les Paul Standard models with BurstBuckers.

The variations in pickup output and tone came from inconsistencies in winding the bobbins, a result of the lack of automatic shutoffs on Gibson's winding machines in the late 1950s. Seth Lover, who invented the humbucker, always said they wound the bobbins 'until they were full,' and original examples suggest that employees stopped the winding machines after the counter reached approximately 5000 turns. When the two coils in a pickup have a different number of turns, that variation puts a little 'edge' or 'bite' on the classic humbucker sound. That's the sound BurstBuckers replicate. (The 'creamy' sound that Gibson's '57 Classics replicate comes from equal coil windings.) Gibson then carries the replication process two steps farther, with unpolished Alnico II magnets and no wax-potting of the coils, just like the originals.

BurstBuckers are offered in 3 different versions:
BurstBucker 1 (IM57A-NH) is slightly underwound, with medium 'vintage' output, and works well in both bridge and neck positions.

BurstBucker 2 (IM57B-NH) is wound in the range of Gibson's '57 Classic, with slightly hotter 'vintage' output than the BurstBucker #1, and works well in the bridge position with a BurstBucker #1 in the neck position.

BurstBucker 3 (IM57C-NH) is slightly overwound, with hotter output, and works well in the bridge position with a BurstBucker #2 in the neck position.

BurstBuckers are available with German silver nickel-plated covers.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Gibson products.
- Output: 6.5
- Position: Both
- Magnet: Alnico II
- Wiring: 2-Conductor
- Historically accurate Patent Applied For replica with airy tone and unbalanced coils
- Slightly underwound.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 2 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (21 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"great pickup"
Sound: this sounds great with one of these in the neck and a burstbucker 2 in the bridge position Feature: good features its overall a good pickup Ease of Use: its very easy to use Quality: i put it on my epiphone standard and it sounds phenomanal it screams and has a really full sound Value: a little pricy but worth it Manufacturer Support: i diddnt need support for this but zzounds is great Overall: this is a great may get the burstbucker pros, maybe......
Style of Music: Rock, Classic Rock
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