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490R & 498T

#81 User is offline   David P. Makowski 

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Posted 16 June 2016 - 12:01 PM

I have been playing guitar since 1979. I own and have owned plenty of Gibson instruments over the years. In my opinion the Gibson 490R & 498T are the best set of pickups offered by Gibson. The 490R has Alnico II magnets and the 498T has Alnico V magnets. So, if you want less out put in the bridge position the 490T may work as it too has Alnico II magnets. The Gibson SG Faded series has the 490R & 490T pickups. The Gibson SG Standard has the 490R & 498T pickups. One more thing is Gibson also makes really good ceramic magnet pickups. Generally found in the Gibson Explorer and Gibson Flying V are the 496R & 500T Super Ceramics which I also love. Being made with ceramic magnets you can't use covers but that's just a trivial cosmetic feature. I have Burstbucker Pro #1 & Burstbucker Pro #2 in my 2013 Gibson Les Paul Standard. I wasn't too sure if I liked them or not. I had been playing at living room volumes. As soon as I plugged into my Marshall Head the Burstbucker Pro's just devastated. They sound GREAT at higher volumes with gain.
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#82 User is offline   Thrill74 

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Posted 04 October 2016 - 01:11 PM

I just swapped the bridge pickup in my Les Paul from a 498T to a 490T. Then swapped both the neck and bridge magnets to Alnico 5's. Waaaayyy better with those magnets!
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#83 User is offline   Zentar 

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Posted 04 October 2016 - 07:03 PM

The 490r/498t are why there is an aftermarket: the Dreaded Pair.
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#84 User is offline   Roach 

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 04:07 AM

i still need a 498t for cheap loved the 490r/498t in my 2000 lp special but the 498t went bad like a year after i got it and i never have got another 498t. Im using a 400 now, but miss that sound of the 498t.
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#85 User is offline   Adam M 

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 08:14 AM

View Postscottffitch, on 13 June 2013 - 04:58 PM, said:

I feel like the Gibson 490R & 498T pickup combo in the right guitar is highly overrated. Does anyone else feel like they get a bad rap..?

It's been my experience that many players who buy a new LP Studio, or SG Standard (two of the more affordable Gibson USA models..) often times blindly replace one, or both of these pickups immediately after getting their guitar home. This seems a travesty to me! It's my opinion that the 490, and 498 are some of Gibsons best pickups when in an all mahogany guitar..

Any thoughts?

-scott


I really like them in my studio. Usually it's my nature to want to upgrade or change things on my guitars. I thought about it but I then thought no I will keep them as they are.

I'd only switch them out if I bought another guitar with the same configuration like an SG.
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#86 User is offline   Thrill74 

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 11:08 AM

Roach, do you know how to swap magnets?
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#87 User is offline   Roach 

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 09:00 PM

View PostThrill74, on 06 October 2016 - 11:08 AM, said:

Roach, do you know how to swap magnets?


No just whole pickups
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#88 User is offline   adamlovesgin 

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 04:05 AM

The 490R and 498T are great pickups for rock as they have more output than the Burstbuckers.

Having said that, never having tried the burstbuckers, but my old Gibson Les Paul Studio (with 490R/498T) could always do with a more pristine clean tone and more versatility.

Overall 490R/498T, great for power, but less versatile.
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