Jump to content
Gibson Brands Forums

Pickups for SG


Recommended Posts


I got an SG standard about a year ago. I'm thinking about installing new pickups so I can get a sound as close as the SG standard 61. Right now I've picked two possible sets:

1. Seymour Duncan Hot-Rod set (JB & Jazz Pickups)

2. 490R & 498T pickups 

Which do you think I should try? I am also open to any other suggestions. 

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

I'm not sure what year SG Standard you have, but if you bought it new about a year ago then the 2019 comes with the 490R (neck) already and has the 490T (bridge). I have a 2018 SG Standard, and this year models the '61 SG. It comes with the 61R (neck) and 61T (bridge). I'm an SG guy and it's the best guitar I own, even better than my good wood era guitars (that's blasphemy! haha).

So if you happen to have the 2018 SG Standard, you don't need to do a thing to make it sound like the '61.

Edited by Will 888
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The 490R and 498T are a great set of pickups and have been installed many SGs.

But if you are wanting to sound like the SG Standard 61, you will need either the 61R/61T combo as used on the Standard 61, or a nice pair of 57 Classics.   Either of these will get you there.  

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...