Gibson 490R & 490T pickups?

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  1. Classicplayer

    Classicplayer Senior Member

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    I'm having difficulty getting good clean tones with some brightness from my neck 490R. I have it and a BB Pro in my 2010 Studio Deluxe. The two pups together are a good match and I e.q. my amp for the 490R. I notice that once my Blackstar HT1R warms up it starts to lose some of its' highs which could be more of a factor than I realized.

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  2. SixAngryStrings

    SixAngryStrings SeƱor Member Premium Member

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    The 490R/498T pickups sound great! IMO
     
  3. anthem1

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    they are good...
     
  4. Ralff

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    In my limited experience, they're alright in their own individual way, but they don't seem to pair well.

    These pickups benefit greatly from magnet swaps.
     
  5. Classicplayer

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    I have the 490R paired with a Burstbucker Pro in my Studio Deluxe. At first I thought that the 490R neck was rather dull sounding with not much in the way of highs. After receiving advice on this forum, I raised the pole pieces as well as the height of the pickup (especially on the treble side) and it did make quite an improvement. I also experimented with my amp by reducing gain and and bass a bit and now I can say that I will keep the 490R....no magnet changes or pickup replacements....thank you.

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  6. old mark

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    I have 3 SG's with factory 490's and an Epiphone Dot with a set from a Les Paul.I like a more blues type sound, and I like the 490's a LOT! I set mine up starting with the neck pup, and usually have that set way down low, near the surface of the wood...REALLY improves the tone. Then I just balance the bridge pup output with that...They do sound different in different in different guitars - I have 2 1999 SG Specials, and they sound very different from each other, especially the bridge. I like the tone rolled back a bit on the bridge pup to take the brightness down a little, but other than that I like them.

    I think if they had been around in the 1970's they would be worshiped today just like the old PAF's...in fact Gibson says they are today's version of the PAF, and I pretty much agree, but the 490's are more consistent where the PAF's could vary from great to suckage.

    Play around with them before you go all drastic.

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    I've never played a guitar that had the 490T, but the 490R/498T combo was standard issue for many (probably most) Gibson solidbodies during the 90s. I love the 490R and I think that pickup is underrated. The 498T has sounded great in some guitars and not great in others. YMMV.
     
  8. jimbo5924

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    Gibson SG special Worn Brown .... replaced both 490's (T&R) with Seymour Duncan Antiquity Humbuckers and it's PAF HEAVEN. Single wire push back , bridge put out 8.59K and neck is 7.65K.. Only Seth Lover back in Kalamazoo made any better.
     

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