Is the '57 Classic the most underrated humbucker of all time?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Strat-cat, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. cheetah77

    cheetah77 Member

    Dec 19, 2008
    57s came stock in my ‘93 Lonnie Mack V and my ‘06 LPC ‘68 RI. In the V they sound killer, perfect balance between neck and bridge. I did replace the bridge with a 490R w/short A5, but not because the 57 lacked anything, I just prefer A5 in bridge pickups. The 57 neck pickup is probably the best neck pup I’ve owned.

    In the LPC, neck is muddy, bridge is a bit thin and nasally, balance is poor, not a fan.

    Both guitars have NOS Centralab 500k pots. Maybe it’s the guitars themselves, or maybe there’s some truth to the earlier 57s being better?
  2. 98G2PRU

    98G2PRU Member

    Aug 7, 2018
    Kingwood TX
    Ironically, I just put a 57 Classic into the bridge on my R0 today. I have the originals in my R7 Custom as well. I have tried all manner of pups and after decades of swapping out 57s, I am going back to them. While the WCR Darkburst neck is still a personal favorite, I have learned that all these flavor of the month boutique pups have cost me more than a new R9 over the years, and I’ve now ended up right back where I started - with 57 Classics. Wish I would not have sold off all the sets I yanked out of my guitars.
  3. 6789

    6789 Member

    Mar 6, 2005
    If 57 Classics sound good to you, that’s all that matters. I didn’t like mine. They had a high end I didn’t like and not enough growl on the low end.

    I’ve been happy since switching to Dimarzio 36th Anniversaries.
  4. Synex7254

    Synex7254 Member

    Sep 16, 2011
    New Jersey | Big Island HI
    +1. Seth Lovers are the best pickups I’ve used in a 335.
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