The Gibson BurstBucker No1 Humbucker Pickup, Model number: IM57A-NH; is the first in a series 3 replicas of Gibson’s original Patent Applied For (PAF) pickup models.
Okay so it does have the brand Gibson on it, and it is made in the USA, so that has to count for something right?!!
Firstly, this review is based on the pickup being played in the neck position. l tested this pickup while it was in a MIJ Orville Les Paul, with the standard specs of mahogany body, maple top etc… There’s a video you can check out a bit further down this page…
I found this pup, in the neck position, had a darkish, very traditional Les Paul sounding tone. Gibson informs us that it is a ‘Vintage Tone” and because it is slightly under-wound, I would say that nails it very well. So straight up, this vintage replica PAF may rule the metal heads or super high gainers out!
Okay tone! Most other reviewers are divided half and half in their opinions on this model, but a lot of them were comparing it to higher end models, like Seymour Duncan’s Seth Lovers (which are a kickass pup).