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Yes its a straight swap and because of what else you say I would take it to a tech or music shop to get it done ...and the classic 57s are much nicer than the 490/498t combination#

 

 

Thanks for the input. I'll have to take it to a tech to have tehm installed, the 57's are on sale at MF too. And I do like the tone from the 57's, I play blues and the 57's just seem a little warmer to me.

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Yes its a straight swap and because of what else you say I would take it to a tech or music shop to get it done ...and the classic 57s are much nicer than the 490/498t combination#

 

 

How so? Please explain. This isn't a rebuttle either, but I have a Standard and the pickups are very cohesive. You can get anything out of a Standard IMHO.

 

So, what can those 57's do that the 490/498 can't? How is the gain compared to the 498T? I can't imagine a greater high gain pickup than that one.

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Worth the swap?

To some people, sure.

 

I'm a 57 believer.

When I bought my doubleneck, I was gonna pull out the 490/498's and put in 57 Classics.

 

I played it a week and changed my mind.

Incredible guitar - I ain't changing anything!

 

If I could choose my pickup in any Gibson?

57 Classics everytime.

 

Spend the money to pull out perfectly good pickups?

No.

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I've tried the 57 and 490/498 but I like the 57 classic better, because I don't play guitar with no hi gain overdrive, iam into the classic rock but finally I ended up with the seymour duncan phat cat (single coil pup) and feel more satisfied with single coil pup, I aim for the crunch sound, I have the 61 RI with phat cat now, amusement sound!

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Sound is very subjective but to my ears the 498t does nt even come close to the quality of sound you get from the classic 57

 

When I bought my SG Standard I did about 5 gigs with the standard pickups ( 490/498t) the 490 was OK not bad at all, however I found the clean tones of the 498t awful completely unusable way too mid range - I cant believe that anyone is suggesting that the classic 57 and 498t dont have much difference in sound

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The 498 used to kindof bother me. I adjusted the height and now it sounds awesome.

 

The 490 is just my favorite. I think it has alot to do with individual differences in guitars but the neck pup sounds sooo good on my SG. The cleans are just perfect to my ears. A liitle distortion and they're super creamy sounding. If I turn down the tone on it and add a little distortion people start freaking out. It sounds so cool.

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The 498 used to kindof bother me. I adjusted the height and now it sounds awesome.

 

The 490 is just my favorite. I think it has alot to do with individual differences in guitars but the neck pup sounds sooo good on my SG. The cleans are just perfect to my ears. A liitle distortion and they're super creamy sounding. If I turn down the tone on it and add a little distortion people start freaking out. It sounds so cool.

 

That's exactly my story as well. The 498 was so high the top E string was bouncing off of the pickup a lot(it annoyed me to even play). But I had it lowered and it sounds great through any amp I use.

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I think it's down to personal taste.I have 57's now in my standard, because I found the 498T to middly and muddy for my particular liking, whatever the amp.But I wouldn't swap out pickups untill you have exhausted all the pickup height/volume balance options with your existing ones.

Oh- my avatar's back.

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