Gibson "CustomBuckers"

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  1. Guinness Lad

    Guinness Lad Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a 58' Vos and I always thought they were BB's but I tore into the guitar yesterday as the neck read 8.38 and the bridge is 7.84. I decided to reverse them but read the tag on the backside and it said 'Custombucker rhythm" and "Custombucker bridge".

    I never heard of this so I went on line and sure enough that's what was listed. How do these differ? I switched the pu location and am now set, the slightly nasal quality I was experiencing in the bridge went away when moved to the neck and the neck pu sounds great in the bridge...I think the pu's were mislabeled is all.
     
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    Is it a 2013? the 2013 Gibson historic Les Paul's have custombuckers, which used to be exclusive to certain models like the Collectors Choice series.
     
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    mine's a 2011 but it say's custombuckers on the back not burstbuckers at all.
     
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    That's very interesting! Is it all stock? is it just a run of the mill R8?
     
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    What differentiates the bb from the custom bucker?
     
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    I bought it brand new in 2011 from GC. I thought for sure it was BB pu's but when I read the tag BB was no where to be found. Guitar is dead stock.
     
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    Alnico III magnets for starters, the rest I can only speculate.
     
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    Here's a picture for reference -

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    I think they made a lucky (for you) mistake at the factory. Not sure about the tonal qualities, but until this year they were reserved for only the highest end historics, not the run of the mill historics.
     
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    That's great to hear then so it seems like I got the pu's put into the Clapton model, and all the other iconic players. No wonder this was the hottest guitar at GC during that brief four day period it resided in the store.
     
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    My 2011 55' series LP has 'em too. I was surprised when I found out they were the Custom Buckers....specs said burstbuckers.
    I will say this, they sound killer. I wouldn't think of replacing them.


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    4 conductor AND no solder (loose solder)?
     
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    Not sure what you mean. 4 Conductor, and wax potted.
     
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    The 4 conductor might make it a "custom" but what I was talking about is that there is no solder holding the cover on the top and it looks like the solder on the bottom right corner is not attached to the pickup.
     
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    Covers are secure, no issues there.
     
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    This may be an odd question but if these are Gibson's 'best' then why don't they put them in all of their guitars? Why even use lesser pickups if the best are available to them?
     
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    If that pic is of your actual pickup... Where is the solder on the top? Pickup covers usually have solder on the top and bottom. I only see the bottom and that doesnt even look like it is on properly.

    I am sure the covers are secure because they are tight. But for sure, in the pic, there is no solder on the top.

    ANyone else see this?
     
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    I circled where it looks like the solder is not connected to the cover. For sure there is no solder on the top part of the cover:

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    Here is a pic of a cover with the usual solder marks on the top and bottom:

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    Yeah, they didn't come from Gibson like that!
     
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    So you are insinuating that Gibson now sells old guitars as new? Keep in mind I saw that guitar the day it arrived and I was the first owner. Consider this for a moment, the rhythm pu measures 8.38 and the lead measures 7.84 (as marked by the builder) .

    Here's what I believe, the person who made the pu's might have been buzzed and forgot to solder the covers and mislabeled the pu's. Makes no difference to me as the guitar sounds excellent.
     

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