Gibson Greenybucker and Custombucker review – the affordable way to give your guitar a Custom Shop upgrade?

The modding world has gone pickup crazy, and now Gibson has joined the fray with its Pickup Shop. We put two of its flagship humbuckers under the microscope

Gibson Custombucker and Greenybucker pickups
(Image: © Future / Dave Burrluck)

Guitar World Verdict

The Greenybucker set is unpotted and big-sounding, with evocative out-of-phase tones while the Custombucker nails that low output early-period old-PAF vibe, with stellar cleans and touch-sensitive nature.


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    Easy to install.

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    Greenybuckers very vocal.

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    Custombucker has that time warp quality.

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    And they give some ‘boutique’ PAFs a run for their money.


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    Custombuckers ain't cheap – but then they don't sound cheap.

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    Two-conductor hook-up on Greenybucker set would give choice of in- or out-of-phase via a simple switch.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.