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Old 03-14-2014, 04:43 AM   #1
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Gibson Explorer Pickups

So i will be getting a brand new Gibson Explorer in just few hours, it comes with 496R and 500T pickups. i will be playing it through a Marshall JVM410HJS with a 1960lead cab. i was basically just wondering how good those pickups are. i have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom and i was not too impressed with the stock pickups, although they were not too bad. i want to know your experiences with the 496R and 500t pickups, i need my guitar to be able to easily handle anything from drop-c metal, to country, jazz, and everything in between. i guess i want the bridge pickup to be nice and bright and my neck pickup to be really wide and smooth. any thoughts???
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:20 AM   #2
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any thoughts???


One particular one does spring to mind... play guitars before you buy them.

Aside from that, those pickups have a decent reputation, they should be good.
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Old 03-14-2014, 06:59 AM   #3
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I put in the Gibson Classic 57 & 57+ in mine after a few months, very happy with my decision. Play it through a DSL JCM 2000 and sounds good to me.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:04 AM   #4
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I really like the 500T in the bridge, my friend has a V and I was really impressed with the sound and playability
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:53 AM   #5
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Having owned a Gibson and an Epiphone, I can tell you that Gibson pickups are substantially better. Whether you like them or not is entirely your own opinion, but they're 'good' pickups.
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Old 03-14-2014, 12:37 PM   #6
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The Gibson 500T kicks ass. It sounds a lot like a Seymour Duncan SH-6 but without the harsh high end. Great pickup for metal.
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i need my guitar to be able to easily handle anything from drop-c metal, to country, jazz, and everything in between.

That's not going to happen. You really do need more than one guitar to do 'everything'.
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Old 03-14-2014, 01:54 PM   #7
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The 496R and 500T are both really good pickups. They might not get you that 'quintessential' sound of country AND metal, but they'll get you close to both. Play them and see how you like them!
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:50 PM   #8
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Yeah that's an awesome set.
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:15 PM   #9
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i need my guitar to be able to easily handle anything from drop-c metal, to country, jazz, and everything in between.

If- IF- there are guitars that are that tonally flexible, they cost many thousands of dollars.* And they'd probably STILL need to be restrung and/or set up again to handle all those different genres.







* Moogs, Parkers, Crimsons are the most likely subjects I can think of...but most of those tonal variations are probably gotten from your amp & pedals, anyway.
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