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Lucidsounds

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What do you think of the stock 496r and 500T pickups? Too bright or just nice?

I see a lot of classics with swapped pups so I wonder if they are considered less than ideal.
 

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There is an extremely short list of Gibson pickups that I like, and those two aren't on it. Overly bright and harsh to my ears.
 

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I did not care for mine- replaced with Bare Knuckle Black Hawks- (true love)
 

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I thought the Classic came with the 57 Classic pups, hence the word Les Paul Classic and looking on the Gibson website shows they have 57's.
 

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My 94 Studio MIII has the 496R & 500T & they work out just fine with the 9 tones it has, Could be the 300k pot or the caps & choke that it has but they can go from crisp clean to harsh in your face, using the volume & tone controls you can roll the highs off if that's the tone your after, a lot of guys just go for full on & expect that tone to be IT..
I'll also have to say that the 496R & 500T balance nicely with the NSX single coil in the MIII..
1994 Gibson Les Paul Studio w/ MIII Electronics
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I have 2 classics and none of them have the original pickups...thats what I think of them HAHAH ;)
 

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IMHO, it's going to depend on what music you're playing, what kind of tone you're after, and what sounds best to your ears.

I love the Classic 57's in an LP and semi-hollow. I find the 490/498/500 too harsh. I like the 490/498 in my SG for hard rock tunes.
 

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Overly bright and harsh to my ears.

My '07 Classic came with 496/500 pickups and this is how I would describe them. I eventually replaced them with Dimarzio 36th Anniversary PAFs.

On the other hand, my '07 Classic Antique came with 57 Classic pickups. Man, that guitar sounds awesome!
 

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Mine is a 2014 Classic, it came with 57 classic and 57 plus, I love them :wave:
 

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I kept the 496 in the neck and replaced the 500t with a SD59. Great combo.
Put the 500t in an epi G400 and don't like it there either.
 

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Added chrome covers to mine, and took some of the edge off.

Now, they don't really sound any different to many of the '57 Classics I've heard.
 

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My '07 Classic came with 496/500 pickups and this is how I would describe them. I eventually replaced them with Dimarzio 36th Anniversary PAFs.

I'm normally not a Dimarzio guy at all, but I keep hearing good things about that set. Are you familiar with Duncan Seth Lovers or Alnico II Pros? I'd be curious to know how they compare.
 

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I found them a liitle too hot for my tastes and musical preferences so I put in a pair of Parson Street pick-ups which are, to my ears, closer to that classic LP tone.

I would imagine they're probably OK for more modern rock though.
 

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I have three classics, two with replacement pickups, and one with stock. Compared to better replacements, the stock pickups are lousy. The DiMarzio 36th Anniversary PAFs have beautiful tone, but virtually no gain, so if you are trying to overdrive a tube amp without pedals, forget it.
 

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I'm normally not a Dimarzio guy at all, but I keep hearing good things about that set. Are you familiar with Duncan Seth Lovers or Alnico II Pros? I'd be curious to know how they compare.

I love my Dimarzio PAFs, but I don't have any experience with those other pups to make a comparison.
 

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If you don't play clean majority of the time you probably won't notice it as much. They do fine on high gain type stuff, but they just don't have a good clean tone for me. As someone else said, none of Gibson's pickups really hit the mark for me. The BB/BB Pro family and the PAF/57 Classic family aren't bad, but they still leave some to be desired.

If you can drop $1,500-$2,000 on the guitar, you might want to consider swapping in some boutique pickups to really bring it to its full potential. In my opinion, tone is affected most by amps/pedals, pickups, and then the guitar itself, in that order, so changing pickups can drastically change the characteristics of a guitar.

It can turn one you hated into something you like or one you loved into something you just can't dial in a good tone with. Experiment if you can, find dealers with return policies, and get good with a soldering iron.
 

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Mine is a 2014 Classic, it came with 57 classic and 57 plus, I love them :wave:

I have the same Guitar and the stock pickups are great.. (The nut, on the other hand.. :naughty: ) I also have an SG Standard with 57's. I get very different tones from the same pickups with the two different Guitars.
 

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