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Product Description

"Many factors go into the sound of a real 1959 Sunburst Les Paul, but these pickups will get you the clarity and the growl of this guitar without the wallet-busting price tag of an original 1959. I was immediately impressed by the similarities – the balance between the front pickup and the lead pickup are nearly identical."

-Joe Bonamassa


This limited edition Joe Bonamassa Skinner Burst dual-humbucker set is the only available replica of the pickups in Joe’s cherished 1959 ‘Principal Skinner’ Gibson Les Paul Standard. Their rich, dynamic and nuanced voice will appeal to all tone connoisseurs who seek the passion and power of the original humbucker. Wound on the historic Leesona machine that created humbuckers for Gibson back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the set features an Alnico 3 magnet in the neck pickup and an Alnico 3 in the bridge. Each antiqued nickel-silver cover is an exact match to the Principal Skinner guitar pickups, down to the indentations. Period-correct butyrate bobbins and maple spacers offer a vintage vibe to these pickups. Each of the 800 sets will be hand signed by Seymour W. Duncan and Joe Bonamassa.


DC Resistance: 8.2k, 8.7k

Application: Standard HB Route


We are passionate about quality so we ask for your patience while we craft your pickup. Depending on the nature of your order, it may take up to 6-8 weeks for delivery.


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Joe Bonamassa Skinner Burst Pickup Set


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  1. $100,000 Guitar 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Jun 2017

    Thats what my cheap guitar sounds like with Joe Bonamassa's pickups in it.
    I never knew pickups could make such a difference. Flabbergastingly good!
    The tone and volume knobs now actually make a difference. The other reviews about the quack, clarity and the like are true for me too.

  2. Cristall clear sound 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2017

    Its amazing The transparency and definition of The sound, you can actually hear every single note.

  3. The nicest set of PAF's I have owned. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Dec 2016

    These PAF's sound and look amazing. They are articulate and rich and really nicely matched. I love the middle position (which I don't use all that often) as it has a really cool quack to it when the volume is rolled back a little. They are really nicely aged as well. Not too contrived or over done. The finish is very natural to my eye.

    I cannot recommend these pickups enough.

    Thanks MJ and the team. I'll be looking for a set of P90's soon I think :)

  4. Accurate! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Sep 2016

    I already had the Reissue the Gibson did of the Skinner and I can say that this set does it work perfectly!

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