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Pickups Model
The Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul’s pickups are calibrated to offer a balanced output between positions, with a hotter response from the bridge, and a warmer, mellower performance from the neck. The “zebra coil” BurstBucker 3 in the bridge position is a pickup that is widely regarded as one of the most accurate reproductions of original PAF humbuckers available today, and even goes so far as to reproduce some of the inconsistencies known to contribute to the magic of original Gibson humbuckers from 1957-’60. BurstBuckers are made with unpolished Alnico II magnets and unpotted coils that are wound to slightly different numbers of turns of 42-gauge plain enamel coated wire, like the originals. While using two slightly mismatched coils depletes a humbucking pickup’s noise-canceling abilities slightly, it also gives the pickup 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. Further to this, the BurstBucker 3 is wound with more wire than versions 1 and 2, to give it an output on the hotter side of original PAF units.

The ’57 Classic in the neck position is wound to a DC resistance toward the lower range of the original PAF pickups, for a warm, round, rich tone with plenty of definition and clarity. The coils are wax potted to combat microphony and feedback squeal at high volumes so, while vintage voiced, they are suited to high-gain playing, too. The number of windings in the two coils are also equally matched, an enhancement that provides a creamy, balanced performance that many players enjoy.
Magnet Material
Gibson’s BurstBucker 3 uses unpolished Alnico II bar magnets, while the ’57 Classic uses a polished Alnico II bar magnet. Magnet Material
Tonal Characteristics
The ’57 Classic is slightly underwound to achieve an output toward the lower-medium end of the PAF range, and it offers added clarity mixed with a rich, warm, vocal tone in the neck position, with the bonus of good volume balance when paired with a BurstBucker 3 in the bridge position. The “3” has a slightly hotter output in the range of some of the more over-wound PAFs of the era, for more grind and sustain from the bridge position. Between them, they accurately translate all the warmth, depth, and clarity of the Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul’s woods into a tone that is deep and complex yet crisp and clear, and can range from an aggressive wail to a mellow moan, all at the flick of a switch and the turn of a knob.
Volume and Tone Controls
The Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul uses an independent Volume and Tone control for each pickup. These consist of a quality CTS 300k linear-taper potentiometer for each Volume control, and a 500k non-linear pot for each Tone control, with .022uF tone capacitors on the Tone pots for a broad, smooth roll-off. Tone and Volume Controls
Toggle Switch
The Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul features the classic three-way Switchcraft toggle switch with cream plastic tip. Toggle Switch
Output Jack
The guitar features a 1⁄4” output jack made by Switchcraft, for years of trouble-free service. Output Jacks