Gibson pickups... why?

JCantrell

Member
Messages
916
I'm amazed everytime I swap out the stock pickups in a Gibson how much better the guitar sounds afterwards. Just swapped out the stock BB Pros in my 04 LP Standard for a set of SD 59's I had laying around, what a huge upgrade. It sounds so much bigger now, none of the shrillness etc. So much better when I swapped the 57 classics in my '13 SG Standard for another set of 59s. I had a '12 SG Standard that was a nice guitar but the 498T bridge was horrendous. Same deal with a 500T that gets blown away by a Custom or Distortion. The only set of stock Gibson pickups I've liked are the 490T/490Rs in my SG special.

I don't know how newer pickups like Custombuckers fare but I can't imagine it's much better compared to aftermarket offerings. Would it really cost Gibson that much more money to put make better pickups to put in their guitars?
 
Last edited:

Frankster

Member
Messages
177
I personally think the current Alnico III Custombuckers are Great (with a capital G). They're dynamic, open, and let the tone of the guitar through.

I have less experience with Gibson's other offerings. I do have a set of Classic 57's (20 years old), the original pickups of my R8 that I bought second hand. I've never tried them.

The 'problem' is probably making a limited set of pickups to suit certain applications. Those pickups then suit some of the guitars better than the others.
 

Upper Mids

Member
Messages
540
I've got no idea what you're talking about.

I've got Gibsons with Dirty Fingers (normal & plus), 500'/496s, 498/490s and Burstbuckers and they're all great. I've played my share of Distortions, Super Distortions, Invaders, Air Nortons and whatnot and while I think they're all great in their own way, I don't think they're superior to Gibson stock PUs.
 

NSDQRKR

Member
Messages
1,155
Really hard to say Gibson needs to make better pickups as this a very subjective topic...what sounds great to one sounds not so great to another. I love the sound of SD JB & Jazz as a combo but quite sure not everyone here does though. But thankfully we have a ton of options these days.

I do agree with you on 490s though...very classic Gibson sound.
 

E2942

Member
Messages
1,108
I've had exactly 1 good experience with Gibson's pickups, a Tony Iommi SG.
Fender & Gibson both generally don't know how to make good pickups, or if they do they are just giving us the crap most of the time & only putting the good stuff in their most expensive models.
 

JCantrell

Member
Messages
916
I've had exactly 1 good experience with Gibson's pickups, a Tony Iommi SG.
Fender & Gibson both generally don't know how to make good pickups, or if they do they are just giving us the crap most of the time & only putting the good stuff in their most expensive models.

I've had a better experience generally with Fender pickups than Gibson. Love the 57/62s and CS69s
 

Beyer260

Member
Messages
531
I have five models of Gibson guitars- Firebird T, SG Standard, SG Classic, LP Studio, and LP Special (P90s). Only the two with P90s have their stock pickups, and that won't be changing. Gibson P90s are solid pickups. I'm not a fan of the 490/498s, and the Firebird pickups were a total joke.
 

jenksdrummer

Member
Messages
388
I find the opposite to be true; I always end up using Gibson pickups where Gibson pickups were deployed; or in the case of my Epiphone guitars, I cycled through a few alts and ended with Gibson.
 

Daniel C

Member
Messages
1,101
Don't agree. First, there's no better p90 than a Gibson p90. '57 Classics and Custombuckers are also great pickups. I can get along fine with Dirty Fingers in the right guitar. And their new CS Firebird pickups are perfect. I agree with you about the BBs, but in general there's not much to gain with going boutique.
 




Trending Topics

Top Bottom