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Best pickups for classic rythm tone

#1 User is offline   PBJ 

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:22 AM

I just finished building a Les Paul kit. I installed 496R and 498T pups in it. I am really after a more mello tone for playing classic country rock, the Eagles etc. It seems that best choice would be either 490's or 57 classics. Is this sound thinking? What is the real difference in the two?
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:37 PM

A Les Paul kit? In a real Les Paul, I like the 57s but I am not sure what would sound good in a kit guitar.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:00 PM

[quote name='Megafrog' timestamp='1505266639' post='1881044']
A Les Paul kit? In a real Les Paul, I like the 57s but I am not sure what would sound good in a kit guitar.

What qualities does the 57's sound have that are better than 490's? Is it, bass, improved resonance, a better tone for rythm?
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:33 PM

Either 57 classics or the newer MHS (Memphis Historic Spec) will give you the classic smooth rhythm tone. Assuming that your kit has high quality mahogany with a high quality maple cap.
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 09:00 PM

View PostTwang Gang, on 15 September 2017 - 06:33 PM, said:

Either 57 classics or the newer MHS (Memphis Historic Spec) will give you the classic smooth rhythm tone. Assuming that your kit has high quality mahogany with a high quality maple cap.


Yes the kit has a clear mahogany body and a nice craved flame maple top. I sure enjoyed the assembly, finishing and set up. It turned out a really nice instrument and I learned a lot in the process.. I just need to find out which pickups will work the best for me to ally. Thank you very much for your help!
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