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490/498?

#1 User is offline   Mac Morganfield 

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:36 AM

last weekend i picked up a couple of guitar bit's and pieces at a flea market one was a bag with a couple of Pup's in it. One of these Pups was in a seperate bag with '490 neck' written on the masking tape that was wrapped around the end of the bag. I naturally assumed it is a 490R. I've just been having a look at it and found a marking i don't understand. Below the 'Gibson USA' sign on the base plate, towards the edge opposite the pole pieces there appears to be an upside down 'T'. If the label had not been on the bag, i may have thought this to be a 498/500T to be used in the bridge position.

Is this inverted 'T' anything to indicate which Pickup this is or is it just a random mark? Thanks for any help. [thumbup]
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 04:52 PM

probably random

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:25 AM

Not exactly sure but it would most likely mean terble. Maybe its a 498t and a 490r.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:18 PM

Gee Mac, you find guitar parts at a flea market! I guess I need to make a trip to the UK, don't see that much over here in the USA

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:32 AM

Both of the pick ups in my SG ave that and also I have 2 other gibson pick ups that have that on the back also. I would not use that as a reference, Tim
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:44 PM

Measure the distance of the pole spacing. .. A total of 52 mm would indicate that it is a bridge pickup, and a total of 50 mm would indicate that it is a neck pickup. Measure from the centres of the outer 2 pole screws.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:15 PM

Regardless of what people say I have the 490/498 in my Les Paul studio and I love them. They are versatile and can do pretty much anything!

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