Posted 15 August 2012 - 09:51 AM
I've just about settled on BBpro's to replace the ceramic pups in my LP classic. Compared to the 498T, which also has Alnico V (as does BBpro), the BBpro's are not as high output, but are much clearer, and yes bright. Compared to the BBpro, the 498T sounds dark and muddy (to me). I can tame the treble of the BBpro with the tone control, but can't get the clarity that I want out of a 498T. Both have the nice, tight bottom end needed for palm muted chugging, but the BBpro is more versatile, IMO.
The BB3's have Alnico 2 mags, and are higher output (louder) than BBpros, and are sweeter, but lack the tight bass response I like. All the BBs have uneven windings on the two coils, which gives them an "airy" complex 3-D type of quality, that I really dig. The 57s and 490/498 have even windings which gives them a smoother, creamier kind of sound.