This has probably been covered (a billion times) before, so feel free to link me to particularly ingightful threads on this, if there are any that don't devolve into insanity. Wondering which pickups on the market today are the closest in design/sound to the original Gibson PAF hunbuckers? As far as I understand, 57 classics are the same in design, Burstbuckers try to account for the variations in actual production, and there are probably a million third party brands doing great things that I don't know about. But has there ever been any consensus? Whenever I see a video of someone comparing a modern Les Paul reproduction (including historics) to an original, it usually sounds kinda different. I think I have a Les Paul with BurstBuckers with alnico Vs in them (BB pro? can't remember), which I think sound great, but are very very high-output. Maybe it's possible some were made like that back in the day, but it's probably not what people think of the "canonical sound" of a Les Paul.