Dating gibon pickups
For anyone who has ever lusted after the 'real thing' but been forced to settle for a lesser axe due to the cruel mistress that is economics, this is a big deal.The LPJ is a notch above an Epiphone in the grown-up guitar stakes, but it's pretty far removed from the look of the Goldtops and Bursts that generate tremors in the nether regions of guitar nerds.It's most likely a combination of factors rather than any single ingredient, but there's something about the way that even an entry-level USA Gibson sounds that makes us grin from ear to ear.Even the LPJ's maple neck (a departure from traditional mahogany) doesn't seem to dilute the unmistakeable stamp of Les Paul identity across all of its core tones.With a valve amp set to crunch and the bridge pickup engaged, a big open A chord is all it takes for the LPJ to remind us that when it comes to rock humbucker tones, there's really no substitute for a genuine Gibson.Page, Kossoff and Slash, through to more contemporary hard rock, punk and metal tones: it's all here, with absolute authority.For example, the new Gibson Les Paul Traditional emulate these classic tones, using the Burstbucker pickups described below.Burstbuckers are Gibson pickups that aim to authentically recreate the classic tone of a PAF in a modern pickup.
Up until this point, all pickups had been single coil designs.
Gibson describes these as ‘Time Machines’, creating vintage tone in an all-new pickup.
Who are we to argue with the guys that built the original?
The standard Burstbucker aims to recreate the best of PAFs with three differing models.
All three have unbalanced coils (less turns of wire on one coil than the other), which results in a tonal ‘bite’.