So what are the differences between burst buckers and classic 57s?

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  1. Dr. Tweedbucket

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    Burstbuckers are supposed to be some kind of PAF copy, but what the heck are the classic 57s modeled after? I seem to like the burstbuckers better.
     
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    The way I understand it, 57 classics are what PAFs were supposed to be, with evenly wound coils. Burstbuckers have intentionally unevenly wound coils.
     
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    I was wondering the same thing about the differences. I've tried both and for what its worth, I tend to agree with you that I prefer the burstbuckers.
     
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    i had burstbucker3s in a guitar and they did sound edgier than the 57s.
    the flip side is i found the 57s to be more open sounding.
     
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    Burst buckers hard edged and brittle. 57s..creamy and beautiful. Thats my opinion at least. I LOVE the 57s!!! :banana
     
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    I kind of thought the 57s were brittle on the high end.... that is why I am asking. The burst buckers have the PAF sticker on the bottom, I don't think the 57s do ..... for whatever that is worth.

    I believe the early burst buckers were not potted around 02 or so .... but the later BBs are. I have a set out of the guitar, I guess I'll take a look and see.
     
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    I agree with Tag, never liked the burstbuckers, every gtr that had them had a sort of artificial "zing" to it, just too bright up top and not open on bottom. ym-will mostlikely-always vary ! ;)

    57's I like, sometimes too warm/muddy in some gtrs, but a gr8 all-rounder.
     
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    That is exactly how I hear them. Whatever works for you as a player is all that matters though. :BEER
     
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    i have 57's and feel that the neck is a bit too muddy and the bridge doesn't have the low end i'd like. if i could skim off some of that bassy-muddyness and slap that on the bridge pup i think i'd be happier.
     
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    Burstbuckers on the Historics are potted. Hardly my fave but very much a PAF style sounding humbucker with a brighter tone than the '57. They don't suck and work damn good in solid body Les Pauls.
     
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    I've had 3 Custom Shop semi-hollow Gibsons with the 57 Classics and all 3 were warm and fat sounding with nice balance between the lows, mids, and highs.
     
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    My BB1s have a brittle top end, mushy bottom and sound fizzy through an overdriven amp. My '57 Classics sound just right. Very well balanced.

    BTW, they both have PAF stickers on them.
     
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    Which BB are we talking about? there are BB 1s, 2s, 3s, & Pros...all very different pickups
     
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    BB 1 & 2 on the Historics are the ones I'm talking 'bout.
     
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    I didn't like those at all myself, and I'm a huge fan of most Gibby pickups. The Classics are OK, but I would either recommend a set of BB Pros (phenomenally underrated--esp through a Marshall or Marshall-esque amp) or SD Antiquities, which I setlled on after trying almost all the rest of the Duncans (PG, 59s, APIIs, jazz/JB).

    Same idea as the BB1&2 set, but with a sweeter, more complex top end and kind of an "airy" quality that really loves most setups.
     
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    classics is the way to go!
     
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    57's sound pretty cool in Lola.
    BB's sound pretty cool in the 2003 R9.
     
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