Replacement for 490R

v-man

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Need a replacement neck pup (uncovered) that balances with 498T.
 

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What is it you don't like about the 490R? That could help in suggesting a replacement.
 

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What is it you don't like about the 490R? That could help in suggesting a replacement.
Yes, what he said. And don’t be surprised when someone recommends a magnet swap.
 

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I used to have a 498t in my custom shop les paul. That one was stock paired with a 57 classic in the neck. Maybe try that. Sounded pretty good.
 

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The “magnet swap” is why I need to replace the fucking thing in the first place. I have a feeling the 490 is dead and now I’m looking for something less muddy that balances with the 498T (Which seems solid for my taste considering hard rock to metal). My First thought was the Seymour Duncan 59
 

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Magnet swaps lol
59 would be a good choice
 

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Is there a reliable Budget repro? I’m a fan of t- tops, and would consider a set if so.
I got my set from Vineham Pickups. Couldn't be happier.


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Very affordable.
He is in Canada so you can even get a better deal with the US to CDN exchange.
His prices were so good that I purchased a set of Whisky Sour pickups on impulse.
Call him up first. Nice fellow. Tell him what you are looking for and he will take care of you.
 

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A Seymour Duncan Jazz would give you a great balance with the 498t being so close to the Duncan JB.
However an Alnico Pro II is another that would work really well.
 

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I replaced that pickup with a DiMarzio PAF Pro and it was a big improvement. The 490 is too woofy for my tastes.
 

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Maybe a full schred neck, i like it more than the jazz...
 

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Ty for some suggestions. It’s out for a Plek w a new ‘59 in the case for the neck. I guess I’ll see how it works out in a week or two
 

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This topic seems to come up many times. My guess you want a brighter less muddy neck pickup... i.e. keep the 490R and 498T more compatible. Is this for a Les Paul type guitar?

Have you tried the following ?
1. Lower the pickup body and raise the pole screws
2. Swap magnets between the neck and bridge pickups
3. EQ the amp to the neck and lower the tone on the bridge

:cool:
For some reason my older early sixties guitars have brighter neck pickups compared to the modern 490R/498T. My ES-455 (Lucille1999) is dark even after magnet swap to an A5; were as my ES-345 or LP have their original bright neck pickups. I gave up tweaking and just EQ my amp settings.

...Vaccinated and ready to jam again !!!!! :applause:It's more practice time with these vintage fingers. Good luck and hope you find the tone journey you want.
 

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If you like the 498t, try dropping a UOA5 magnet in both pickups. It balances the set and turns the 490r from a so-so pickup that doesn’t fit well with the 498t into a truly great pickup that now balances with the 498t perfectly. It also improves the 498t.
 


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