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if we are just talking Gibson stock pickups then the 57 classics are popular at the moment. I changed my 496R 500T over to 57's in my SG and there was a bit more bite and attack. I do think it comes down to what your looking for and the style of music you play.

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It's a reasonable combination for most rock music. The 500T is ceramic and relatively powerful, good for heavy rock. However, if you wanted to tame it for blues / jazz you can lower it slightly to get it further from the strings. If it's still too harsh for your tastes you need to swap for a pup with alnico magnet instead of ceramic.

 

I don't think I'd ever bother swapping one pair of good pups for another. If I don't quite like what I'm hearing I adjust the height or swap a capacitor. There's also volume and tone controls...I can get what I want from any matched pair of Gibson humbuckers, as long as the bridge has a bit more poke than the neck.

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Please give us an idea of how you intend to use the guitar, and then we can make some educated replies. A jazz player, and a Death Metal player will not like the same pickups.

 

 

How do 496R and 500T's compare to P90s? I like playing songs that sound like Ozzy, AC/DC, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Some Reggae, Aerosmith, and Pearl Jam. My playing is diverse. What are the specific names for the pickups in the 57's?

 

Could anyone list some top of the line pickups? I really want to educate myself on pickups as i know nothing.

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Wow... P-90 is the other end of the spectrum. It's a single coil. Lower output, and a bit brighter sound. Why not drop by a music shop and try a guitar with P-90's in it. I have an Epiphone Casino with P-90's... I like it. My Gibsons have Humbuckers in them... The Darkfire is 1 P90 1 Humbucker.

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Wow... P-90 is the other end of the spectrum. It's a single coil. Lower output, and a bit brighter sound. Why not drop by a music shop and try a guitar with P-90's in it. I have an Epiphone Casino with P-90's... I like it. My Gibsons have Humbuckers in them... The Darkfire is 1 P90 1 Humbucker.

 

From what I've read the output of a P90 is right in there with humbuckers, just a different tonal spectrum.

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I don't think I'd ever bother swapping one pair of good pups for another. If I don't quite like what I'm hearing I adjust the height or swap a capacitor. There's also volume and tone controls...I can get what I want from any matched pair of Gibson humbuckers, as long as the bridge has a bit more poke than the neck.

 

I couldn't agree more, Ant!

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It's a reasonable combination for most rock music. The 500T is ceramic and relatively powerful, good for heavy rock. However, if you wanted to tame it for blues / jazz you can lower it slightly to get it further from the strings. If it's still too harsh for your tastes you need to swap for a pup with alnico magnet instead of ceramic.

 

I don't think I'd ever bother swapping one pair of good pups for another. If I don't quite like what I'm hearing I adjust the height or swap a capacitor. There's also volume and tone controls...I can get what I want from any matched pair of Gibson humbuckers, as long as the bridge has a bit more poke than the neck.

 

 

Im not interested in swapping them, i simply want to learn more about different pickups out there. And i wanted to know how desireable my 496R and 500T's are.

 

Could you tell your style and your favorite pickups for that style? That would work better.

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How do 496R and 500T's compare to P90s? I like playing songs that sound like Ozzy, AC/DC, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Some Reggae, Aerosmith, and Pearl Jam. My playing is diverse. What are the specific names for the pickups in the 57's?

 

Could anyone list some top of the line pickups? I really want to educate myself on pickups as i know nothing.

burstbucker pros or something like a '57 classic in the neck .and a burstbucker#2/#3 in the bridge,and coil tap for that chili pepper sound

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It depends on what you like. The players with the groups you listed are all over the place for pickups. I tend to like more vintage and Alnico 2 mags in general. I like BB1, BB2, 57 and 57+ in the Gibson line. I like Seth Lovers, Antiquities and APII in the Duncan line. I like the 36th Ann in the Dmz line. You can spend literally thousands on pickups from custom winder (or Duncan for their silver wire pickup). It is a lot like what is your favorite color to paint with in many ways.

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