Humbuckers for a Les Paul ??

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I just recently picked up a 08 traditional paul... definatley one of the "magic" ones .. I usually operate under the "if its not broke don't fix it" mentality, I know that they come with the burstbucker pro pickups stock.... but I was wondering if anyone knew of any pick-ups that I just had to know about.. I heard good things about the voodo 59 or the dimarzieo blues bucker but i was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions???


wcr pickups,the darkburst-goodwood set,or wolfetone dr vs or legends or marshall heads.throbaks 101limited these are the hotest pickups out right now everybody is getting them but your going to wait two moths at least


What don't you like about the BB Pros? IMO, those are great LP pickups. Definitely some of Gibby's best.


This question gets asked very often on here and you will get MANY responses all giving you differing suggestions. There are many flavors of humbuckers that work well with Les Pauls, many(including me) think better than the stock Gibson pickups.. The brands to check out besides DiMarzio and Duncan include: (but are not limited to).

WCR (Fillmores, Darkbursts, Crossroads, GoodWood.. and a few more)
as well as many more. If you do a search and look for any of the pickup venders named above you'll find A LOT of information and discussion.

Much also depends on what your aiming for with your Les Paul, as the outputs go from slightly underwound PAF inspired types to very hot pickups generally used in more distortion type situations. It really depends on your guitar and what you want from it.

Good Luck in your search..


Part of the "magic" of a good Les Paul is the way the pickups relate to the instrument itself...wondering if yours is "magic" and you just recently bought it, why the need to "fix" it?

I know it's a gear page, but sometimes we just need to be advised to put down the soldering iron and step away from the badass guitar...


Doesn't the Les Paul Traditional comes with '57 Classics?

All of the Traditional I have seen do, yes**

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar Specifications


  • Top Species: Carved AA Maple
  • Back Species: Mahogany
  • Binding: Single-ply top
  • Fingerboard Species: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4 inch
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid
  • Fingerboard Binding: Single-ply
  • Neck Pickup: 57 Classic Humbuckers
  • Bridge Pickup: 57 Classic Humbuckers
  • Controls: Two volume, two tone, three-way switch
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: 50s Rounded
  • Peghead Pitch: 17 degrees
  • Nut Width: 1.695 inch
  • Plating Finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic
  • Knobs: Gold Speed Knobs
  • Tuners: Green Keys
  • Interior: White Plush
  • Case Exterior: Black Reptile Pattern Hardshell
  • Silkscreen: Silver Gibson USA logo
  • Type: Brite Wires
  • Size: .010-.046

Also, From Gibson Website:

Pickups: Neck - '57 Classic; Bridge - '57 Classic Plus Among the qualities that make Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups so unique are the subtle variations between coil windings. For the first few years of their productions—1955 to 1961—Gibson's PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise machines, resulting in pickups with slightly different output and tone. The '57 Classic and '57 Classic Plus pickups are the result of Gibson drive to capture and recreate this characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic provides warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic Gibson PAF humbucker crunch. The '57 Classic Plus is the perfect bridge-position companion to the '57 Classic, inspired by those original PAFs that received a few extra turns of wire. Both are made by Gibson to the exact same specs as the original PAFs, including Alnico II magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers, and vintage-style, two-conductor braided wiring. Gibson added poly-coated wiring, which improves consistency by eliminating thick or thin spots on the wiring, and wax potting, which removes all internal air space and any chance of microphonic feedback.

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