Back to 498T/490R in LP Custom - cover or no cover?

Setneck

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Hi!

I'm new here and want to say hello :).

I got LP Custom with SD's in, but I want to go back to 498T/490R. The only thing that bothers me is to buy covered or uncovered pickups. I played a Custom with that combo (covered pickups), quite liking the tone. Wonder how one would compare it to the tone of those pickups, but uncovered.

I play thru Bogner Ecstasy, music is something like Dio/late Sabbath tones. I know that cover plus wax potting prevents from squealing (JB in my guitar squeels like pig), and from the other hand pickup withour cover is tad more bright. But I have also noticed that covered pickup sounds fuller, more round. Isn't it that way that the uncovered pickup SEEM TO SOUND thinner? I mean - one can have such impression.

Also one thing - are uncovered pickups cutting better in band mix?

So, please drop me a piece of advice in that matter. Thanks a lot.

Regards, Andy
 

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from what i understand the uncoverd pickup's have a brighter sound with more attack so i would think that they might " cut " trough a band a lil better
 

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I think your amp settings will make much more difference than covered vs uncovered pickups.
 

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You probably won't hear any difference.

Welcome to MLP!!!
 

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Thanks guys for the replies. Judging by the JB, which I had covered and uncovered, the pickup with cover seem to have more "balls" and is warmer. So, I think I'll go for covered versions then. Maybe those would be less squeeling also.

Regards, Andy :)
 

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you would notice the difference. there are some you tube vids you could check out. personally if they had covers when i bought them i keep em, if not they get played without covers. i have a bunch of guitars though so i like the variety
 

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you would notice the difference. there are some you tube vids you could check out. personally if they had covers when i bought them i keep em, if not they get played without covers. i have a bunch of guitars though so i like the variety
If You have two guitars with same pickups, one covered and the other not, how You would describe the differences between them? I mean - having the same overall character what are the nuance in both of the tones?

Regards, Andy
 

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If You have two guitars with same pickups, one covered and the other not, how You would describe the differences between them? I mean - having the same overall character what are the nuance in both of the tones?

Regards, Andy

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga-P4pfVdj4]YouTube - Before & After pickup covers installation[/ame]

tons of videos out there just search, form your own opinion . there are definatly differences in tone from covers / uncovered
 

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My 498s. I took the covers off just because I prefer the look. I create the tone I need with the amp and effects.

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I never liked the 498T/490R combo in my Custom. They sound nice in my SG though. I went with some DiMarzio's for my Custom, but now I'm getting some pups custom wound for me...can't wait!
 

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Customs look better with covers, even though I prefer no covers on all other LP's.
 

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Covers may make a difference - I'm old and my ears are shot. But I don't believe they'll make such a difference that your ability to "cut through the band" will be affected. That's best accomplished per nsureit's post, and by choosing the right band. :)
 

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you should look at the versions of those pickups made for the goddess. they look absolutely fantastic and i love the tone.

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They look sort of like these to me?

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