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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Gibson 57 Classics or burstbucker on a R8 Les Paul?



That's really really where I'm from!
Oct 25th, 2015 02:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

I play a R8 Les Paul from 2009. The bridge Burstbucker somehow went dud so I took out the 57 classics I had in a SG and replaced both the neck and bridge with the 57. So far so good I like what Im hearing and I think the 57 sounds better on this LP than on the SG. So I got a new replacement bridge Burstbucker and Im thinking maybe I'll put these in the SG and leave the '57s on the R8 as it is.

Also I like tones from Beano, Early ZZ Top, Page, Mike Bloomfield, Peter Green, Allman Bros., Frampton etc the classic guys who I believe mostly all played on a 57 classic anyways right? So just a bit of a mental dilemma here as to what to do. Any input is much appreciated. Thank you!

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Oct 25th, 2015 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I could be wrong and happy to be corrected but I seem to recall reading something lately that stated that '57 classics are intended to be as close to Seth Lover's original specification whereas Burstbuckers are intended to be closer to what actually happened on the production line - more or less windings, more scatter etc so what you're hearing from the classic guys could have been closer to the '57's or closer to Burstbuckers just depending on pot luck. Just like original bursts, not all PAF's are 'all that'!

I'm with you on the '57's in an SG. I find they've a little too much edge in what is already a bright guitar so I could see them working better in a LP.

No dilemma though - there's no right or wrong - just whatever works for you.

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Oct 25th, 2015 07:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

There you go :

Courtesy of Sweetwater



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Oct 25th, 2015 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I find the 57's are perfect in my Les Paul and also in my Epiphone Dot. They give excellent tone and still give up a woody goodness that is just freaking organic!
When using these pickups, I suggest, as was to me, use the 50's style wiring and it will truly open the whole voice of these pickups.
When you have a dark sounding instrument, like a solid mahogany guitar without a maple cap, I find that the Burstbucker Pros give you a nice, bright tone that my 57's seem to lose. Also using the 50's wiring scheme with 500k pots.
You did good Son! Enjoy. .....

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It's all gravy from here on...
Oct 26th, 2015 12:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have two LP Traditionals. One with 57 Classics and the other with 59 Tributes and Orange Drop capacitors. The 59's get dirty quicker and sound more "organic" for lack of a better word. I have 57 Classics in my SG Standard Ltd and my Kalamazoo. The 57's stay cleaner longer which is great if that is what you are after. I like the 59 Tributes (basically a Burstbucker) in the LP and the 57 Classics in the Kalamazoo best. Both are great pickups.

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