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Gibson releases exclusive new 'historic' PAF: 1959 Humbucker Collector’s Edition Series 1

NickiC

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In my standard 50’s. #27.
These are loud, clear and noticeably compressed. Not sure about them, or how to describe beyond this. Personally, I prefer burstbuckers character over these. In this particular guitar. Only been played for a week so far, so I’ll see after a month. But I would ideally want to have a third guitar for these. IMG_9915.jpegIMG_9945.jpeg
 

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Didn’t make a month, I yanked them and put the BB2 & BB3 back in. Better match for the guitar.
 

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Gibson goes 'Double Vintage White' with the 1959 Humbucker Collector’s Edition Series 1

$999 a set... but you get a little Lifton, and 59 serial numbering... :cool:

The Most Accurate Recreations of the Legendary Patent Applied For Humbucker Pickups Ever Made

Gibson’s original “Patent Applied For” humbucker™ pickups from the 1950s are considered the holy grail of humbucking pickup tone. They have been highly influential, with many imitations. The originals are some of the most highly valued vintage pickups on the used market – when you can find someone willing to part with theirs. Using a combination of 3D scanning, scientific analysis, reverse engineering of original examples from the late 1950s, and specifications from the Gibson archives, the Gibson Pickup Shop has developed the most accurate recreations of these acclaimed pickups ever made. Packaged in a high-quality Lifton™ presentation case, this set features double Vintage White butyrate bobbins, Alnico 4 roughcast magnets, and vintage-accurate nickel covers.

These exceptional pickups will be limited to only 1,000 sets, each individually serialized with 1959-style numbering.
  • Position: Both (Set of Two)
  • Magnets: Alnico 4
  • Wiring: 2-Conductor
  • Cover: True Historic Nickel
  • Double Vintage White Butyrate Bobbins
  • Unpotted
  • Average DC Resistance: 8.6k (Treble), 7.7k (Rhythm)
  • 42 AWG plain enamel wire
  • Each individually serialized with 1959-style numbering
  • Details: The most historically accurate Patent Applied For replica ever made, with unbalanced coils, and a sweet, woody, loud, and present tone.
 

charlie

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Looks like these have bombed out a bit, still “in stock” at Gibson.com. And a bunch of people going no where trying to flip for a quick buck.
 
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Looks like these have bombed out a bit, still “in stock” at Gibson.com. And a bunch of people going no where trying to flip for a quick buck.
That’s ok. They’ll shove em in a guitar and upcharge a grand and everyone will say the pickups are the best. Then Gibson will announce these were the left over PAFS. EVERYONE will want a slice of the pie then ?

I guess Jared Brandon failed to recreate the PAF pickup. That’s a kick in balls for Gibby
 

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We haven't seen or heard enough about how they actually sound, and that's a shame.

If they don't sell out I envision them being used for artist relations 'gifts' and promotional contests, written off at full price.

Then, a follow-up non-collector release without the accoutrements will be priced to undercut boutique competitors. Perhaps they'll sell more... assuming they well reviewed.

But... how do they sound?!
 
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Wizard1183

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We haven't seen or heard enough about how they actually sound, and that's a shame.

If they don't sell out I envision them being used for artist relations 'gifts' and promotional contests, written off at full price.

Then, a follow-up non-collector release without the accoutrements will be priced to undercut boutique competitors. Perhaps they'll sell more... assuming they well reviewed.

But... how do they sound?!
For something of “limited” amount, not to mention collectors edition; you’d have thought they’d have advertised the shit out of it as they did with Greeny? But like JPs EDS 1275, I’m betting the $50k version is a made to order thing. They probably haven’t even sold nearly all 50….

So why put out a product that you’re supposed to market as THE BEST and just pretend like “limited to 1000 sets” is supposed to sell them for you. No audio clips other than a couple YouTube vids. Weird how you make an exclusive product but advertising is null and void on it. What’s REALLY going on here?
 

NickiC

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In all reality, Gibson stated these are the “most accurate recreations ever made”. And go on to talk about 3D scans, reverse engineered, archived specs…. Where did Gibbo’ say these are “The Best”?
I’ll give these a tryout in a R8 after I get familiar with the guitar. Custombuckers A3, are a new beast to me. A4 to me, sound and have characteristics that are different than how most would describe them. I have two guitars w/ A4 that I rarely play.
 
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