Gibson has launched its own pickup shop

Three Gibson guitar pickups
(Image credit: Gibson)

For almost a century, Gibson has made its own well-regarded pickups for its legendary electric guitars

Now, the company has opened a new online shop that will exclusively sell electric guitar pickups in much the same way the company sells its electric guitars. Similarly to the company's six-string offerings, Gibson's pickups have been split into Historic, Original and Modern Collections.

“Our updated lineup has been categorized into Original, Modern and Historic collections to be in harmony with our Original, Modern and Historic guitar collections,” explains Jason Davidson, Gibson's archives curator and director of product development.

 “The Original collection includes pickups based on our original designs, from the classic P-90 Dogear single coil to the Dirty Fingers humbucker. The Modern Collection includes pickups built for more modern tones and includes 4-conductor wiring to allow a variety of switching options, and our Historic Collection launches with the aftermarket debut of the Custombucker, previously available exclusively on Gibson Custom Shop guitars.”

Solely featuring varieties of the aforementioned Custombucker – with four individual pickups and two matched sets – the Historic Collection is at the high end of Gibson's pickup range.

Prices range from $229 – for an unpotted, 2-Conductor Alnico 3, 8K Custombucker – to $499, for a matched set of two unpotted 2-Conductor Alnico 3, 8K Custombuckers with historic gold covers.

By far the largest of the three lines, the Original Collection features a variety of Gibson designs, including both dogear and soapbar P-90s, mini-humbuckers, a "'70s tribute" unit, and a "'57 Classic."

Prices range from $119 – for individual P90s – to $169, for select individual '57 Classics.

The Modern Collection, meanwhile, is the most affordable of the trio, and features the company's 490R, 498T and 500T pickup designs, among others. All pickups in the Modern line are either $99 or $119, except for the gold-plated 490R, which rings up at $129.

All of Gibson's Historic, Original and Modern collection pickups are available now.

For more on each of the units, visit Gibson (opens in new tab).

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.