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Don Felder "Hotel California" 1959 Les Paul
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The Don Felder "Hotel California" 1959 Les Paul is equipped with a pair of Gibson's popular BurstBucker humbucking pickups, a BurstBucker 2 in the neck position and a BurstBucker 1 in the bridge. Gibson's BurstBuckers are widely regarded as the most accurate reproductions of original PAF humbuckers available today, and even go so far as to reproduce some of the inconsistencies that are credited with contributing a certain magic to original Gibson humbuckers from 1957-'62.
BurstBuckers are made with unpolished Alnico II magnets and coils that are wound to slightly different numbers of turns, like the originals. Using two slightly mismatched coils gives these pickups a little more edge – a sound that you could even say comes a little closer to single-coil bite – than can be achieved with perfectly balanced coils. Furthermore, BurstBuckers in the Don Felder "Hotel California" 1959 Les Paul are wax potted to combat microphonic squeal at high volume levels.
Gibson's BurstBuckers use unpolished Alnico II bar magnets, just like many of the most prized original PAF humbuckers.
The BurstBucker 1 and 2 accurately translate all the warmth, depth, and clarity of this guitar's woods and construction into a tone that is instantly recognizable as "that ‘Hotel California' sound."
Just like the original, the Don Felder "Hotel California" 1959 Les Paul uses an independent Volume control for each pickup, which consists of a quality CTS 500k audio-taper potentiometer for a smooth, natural volume roll-off.
Individual CTS 500k audio-taper potentiometers with accurate .022mF "bumble bee" tone capacitors provide independent tone controls for each pickup.
The Don Felder "Hotel California" 1959 Les Paul features the classic three-way Switchcraft toggle switch with cream plastic tip. In the down position this selects the bridge pickup, in the up position the neck pickup, and in the middle it selects both pickups together.
The guitar features a 1⁄4" output jack made by Switchcraft, for years of trouble-free service.