one thing is the line up of the strings and pole pieces.... pics below. does it look like the bridge has been changes maybe to accommodate someones personal specs or taste or is this quite common
Hey, I'm not sure if they are stock. or if anything is stock.That doesn't look right at all.
One thing about the 490/498 combo is that the pole spacing is different for each to accommodate for the strings tapering as they go down towards the neck. Are those stock pups?
Not sure what you're getting at
It looks ok after a hard gander. Black on black is tough, but I looked straight up and down from the edges of the post wheels to the pup rings and they look to me to overhang the same on both sides....The pic may be off though (angle) but to me the centerline of the bridge doesn't match the centerline of the pickup.
Thank you.... I will check into these thingsIt does look to me like the last owner liked really close string spacing...
I had a similar problem on my 82 with the bridge pickup, but the neck poles were still lined up, unlike yours...
You can see here both outer strings are in from edge of fret board, BUT
In this one you can see that the neck poles are still lined up, but the bridge poles are not. If you look close you can see how I have offset the notches from Low to High to even the strings out across the width of the neck.
All of my saddles were center cut, like yours. In the old days Gibson didn't make bridge spaced pickups (53mm) like they do now, so my setup was typical for the time.
I ended up changing my saddles because I preferred the Fender spacing and wanted a bit more room between strings and this really aggravated the volume problem.
I DID notice a volume dropoff on my bridge pickup as well as volume swells when I did upbends with the high E. It got louder as I went over the pole.
I fixed mine with a 53mm custom wind from Sigl pickups, but what I'm trying to say is that it is OK to get new saddles and notch them off center to fan the strings out more evenly, and that it is not unheard of in the realm of Les Pauls.
This is the 53mm custom wind with 2 strings to test pole alignment. You can see the offset notches here too.
I'm maybe not be as old as you, but my eyes are BAD, too much night driving.It looks ok after a hard gander. Black on black is tough, but I looked straight up and down from the edges of the post wheels to the pup rings and they look to me to overhang the same on both sides....