#1
I've got a Gibson Sg Special with a 490T pickup at the bridge. I've been considering swapping it out for a Gibson 498T, 500T or possibly a Dirty Fingers pickup. I guess I should start out by asking, will I hear a difference in tone if I swap my pickup out?
#2
you should, the major factors that affect tone are, pickups, strings, guitar body wood, cables and amp
#3
Quote by britishsligean
you should, the major factors that affect tone are, pickups, strings, guitar body wood, cables and amp


Oh really?

TS; the biggest factor will your amp. If you have a pretty good amp, you'll be able to tell a legitimate difference.

Also, with a 490R in the neck, I wouldn't put a 500T or Dirty Fingers. Those pickups might overpower the 490R completely. A 498T would be fine.

So what amp do you have?
#4
I'm using a peavy valveking halfstack, its decent. I'm not too worried about overpowering the 490R, I rarely rarely use it.
#5
Alright. Well what exactly are you going to be playing? All of those pickups are pretty high-output. The 498T is the most mellow. 500T is quite harsh, but with some tone knob adjustment it can be pretty smooth. Very high output. The Dirty Fingers is a little higher output, I think.
#6
well I play everything from classic rock to hard rock. My flying V has the 500T. I really love the sound it makes so I was just thinking about getting something better than the 490 in the sg.
#7
Hmmm... well maybe you should go with a 498T for some different sound? That is one of my personal favorite pickups. Very flexible.
#8
Yeah I was thinking about the 498T because its in the Sg standard. I'd agree on having different pickups to get a different sound, makes total sense to me. I was also thinking dirty fingers because, well, you dont see them very often.
#10
Yeah the 498T would be great. The Angus Young pickup is pretty over priced... it's not really worth it.
#11
Alright that's what I figured. Looks like it only makes a little more output than the 498T on Gibson's charts, and for $40 more, it cant do that much. I'll start looking into buying a 498T. Last question. Would I have to modify my wire harness at all to install a new pickup?
#12
It's more the voicing of the pickup, it's not worth it. I couldn't tell you anything about wiring, but I would imagine swapping a Gibson pickup for a Gibson pickup wouldn't really make you swap out much besides the pickup.
#13
Alright, thanks for all your help man. I bet it'll be easy. The electronics in guitars aren't complicated so I can probably figure it out.
Last edited by scoter man1 at Jul 17, 2010,
#15
yeah, I figure its just a solder or 2, take the screws out, put the new one in resolder... good to go.