Hello Friends, I just acquired a 2001 Gibson Les Paul Standard in Ebony...and for $1300! I played the guitar last night and it sounded amazing...strong and bold with nice action. I previously owned the exact same guitar, but built in 1997. That guitar was stolen and I finally acquired a replacement. Now, I certainly remember the 498/490 pick ups from the 1997 standard, and the 2001 doesn't quite sound like it has these pick ups in it, but I could be wrong. According to Gibson, the guitar was manufactured on September 22, 2001 in Nashville, TN. Do any of you know if this guitar has the 498/490 pick ups or maybe some other pick ups? The previous owner said the guitar was completely stock. Thank you in advance for any help.