490R / 498T appreciation thread

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I'm honestly a little surprised to see so much love for this set. I couldn't get them out of all the guitars I've had them in quick enough. YMMV for sure.
 

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I put a 498T on my Horizon Ltd for a while and was pretty good for “metal” tones.. I used it with a Seymour Duncan Jazz in neck and they made a good match.. I switched this guitar back to stock EMG just for versatility..
I am still considering a 498T for my new Epi Explorer
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One reads so much about the 490r/498t mis - match. It certainly isn't the case with the 490r/490t set
 

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(...) Despite the greatness of that guitar, I'm keeping my R8 in the case because I really can't love those custombuckers, and I feel like I'm missing my tone, which is that 490R/498T.
I know would be a stupid move to mount that combo on a Reissue, but I'm really tempted since I usually buy guitars to play them, not to watch'em sleeping in the case ...(self conviction here LOL!!).

What would you guys do?
I'm not a fan of the 498T but that being said, you should try the 490R/498T combo on your Reissue
if that's what floats your boat.

Just don't tell anyone!
;)

But report here!
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It’s nice to see a thread like this, I love the 490r/498t set.
I have them in my ’90 LP Custom and in my ’00 SG Standard.

They’re not for PAF lovers.
But they’re surprisingly versatile playing with the knobs.

Every time I watch comparison videos with Duncan JBs or Suhr Aldriches, I see no point in replacing them. They’re too similar IMHO. Funny how people are so quick to dismiss them.

These are supposedly their first form, so here’s a couple of nudes:

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They’re not for PAF lovers.
But they’re surprisingly versatile playing with the knobs.
They are. I upgraded my 2010 Custom with a Mojotone wiring harness this week, and been trying different volume and tone settings. These pickups have all kinds of good sounds in them.
 

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I had them in a 90 Standard. When you become obsessed with a sound(as i did with the paf thing),you find reasons to dislike what you have. But in hindsight, they were better sounding in that 90 Standard than i was allowing my judgement to accept. They are a pickup that can cover most music styles and sound excellent.Too much drive? start working your guitar and amp volume and tone controls...a clean boost can clean up the mud. A functional volume control on the guitar can allow you to go from clean,lightly overdriven to scream,with a twist of the guitar volume knob.

To my ears,and in my limited experience,great paf repros are a niche pup.But what a niche when they are done right too.all imho and the application.

490R/498T :yesway:
 

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I had not realized how much I liked them until recently. I grabbed my 2006 Les Paul Custom which I had not played for a while and discovered that the 490/498 combination all over again. I’m not sure if it was the guitar or the fact that I was playing through my Neural Quad Cortex but I was really diggin it. I pretty much live in the bridge position but I was diggin it. I’ve been playing a couple of my Les Pauls that have ThroBak pickups and the stock pickups installed in the Custom hung in there quite well!
The 490/498 has been Gibson's "go to" pickup combo for over 30 years. There must be a reason. :cool:
 
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It’s nice to see a thread like this, I love the 490r/498t set.
I have them in my ’90 LP Custom and in my ’00 SG Standard.

They’re not for PAF lovers.
But they’re surprisingly versatile playing with the knobs.

Every time I watch comparison videos with Duncan JBs or Suhr Aldriches, I see no point in replacing them. They’re too similar IMHO. Funny how people are so quick to dismiss them.

These are supposedly their first form, so here’s a couple of nudes:

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I have Duncans in 2 other guitars, but I felt these 490/498's held up just fine. I decided to let them live, no need to replace them.
 

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My favorite set. It's what makes me buy Studios instead of Classics or Standards, and I'm always looking for an ebony SG Standard with the set...most recent year was 2016, I believe?
 


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