#2
The 490r is a decent neck pickup, the 496r is a very hot neck pickup. The 490T is not very good if your looking at that for the bridge, it came stock in the last run of SG Special faded series.

What bridge pickup are you wanting to put in it, the 490t?

unless you get an amazing deal on those pickups ($75 or less for both) I would seriously look at an aftermarket company.
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The 490r is a decent neck pickup, the 496r is a very hot neck pickup. The 490T is not very good if your looking at that for the bridge, it came stock in the last run of SG Special faded series.

What bridge pickup are you wanting to put in it, the 490t?

unless you get an amazing deal on those pickups ($75 or less for both) I would seriously look at an aftermarket company.


Man what's wrong with the 490T? I think it's a great little pickup. Not if you are going aftermarket, but as stock.

TS, what specifically do you want to change about your sound? What sounds do you like? Be VERY specific.
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Man what's wrong with the 490T? I think it's a great little pickup. Not if you are going aftermarket, but as stock.

TS, what specifically do you want to change about your sound? What sounds do you like? Be VERY specific.

The 490 is an OK pickup stock, your right, but for after market it is not that great

I thought the 490T in the sg special faded was kind of thin and week compared to the 498T that came with my LP

And TS want them for aftermarket


I suggest looking at Duncan and Dimarzio if you have the budget, Irongear if your working with a tight budget
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The 490 is an OK pickup stock, your right, but for after market it is not that great

I thought the 490T in the sg special faded was kind of thin and week compared to the 498T that came with my LP

And TS want them for aftermarket


I suggest looking at Duncan and Dimarzio if you have the budget, Irongear if your working with a tight budget


Well yeah, it definitely isn't as powerful but I think that is part of the charm, it makes for a nice bark instead of a growl. In any case, +1 on your recommendations, though TS has to give us some info. if they want something more specific.
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#7
I use a 490r and 500t in my main gibson LP (beater guitar), it does all that i need. I flipped my magnet in th neck, and that was the icing on the cake, and easy and free.
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#9
Those are P90's in that guys guitar

You can get some HB sized P-90's that will get you closer to that tone. the Seymour Duncan Phat Cat
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Pretty cool!.

Can u recommend me more pickups for:
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I want to play Rock & Hardrock music.

I feel my vintage V100 in solos don`t kick. In solos I want to single out of the mix


I will check your advises at Youtube and a will repley.
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#12
Nothing wrong with the 490T humbucker. I like it as a stock pickup in a Gibson. I wouldn't pay for it aftermarket though - just as I wouldn't pay for any Gibson pickup aftermarket, aside from maybe a Dirty Fingers. There are just so many good pickups on the market that are more affordable that it seems silly to buy Gibson pickups unless you're a purist.

For the V100 - which I believe is a Les Paul style guitar, you can't go wrong with a Dimarzio Super Distortion in the bridge and a PAF in the neck.
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Pretty cool!.

Can u recommend me more pickups for:


I will check your advises at Youtube and a will repley.

What amp are you using? That will have the biggest impact on your sound, pickups are for fine-tuning
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Not a bad setup at all

Do a little investigating on HB sized P90 pickups, I think you'd be pretty happy with them.
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i agree with rob and ThunderPunk- they're ok stock pickups, I wouldn't buy them as retrofits, though.

if you want p90 sounds I'm guessing HB-sized versions might be worth a look, but I have no experience with them.
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#18
FWIW, I picked my 500t off of CL for $50 cut out of an explorer. They are a good pickup at that price IMO.
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#19
I wouldn't buy Gibson pickups aftermarket.

For your guitar and your sound I would honestly recommend Seymour Duncan's Alnico 2 Pro Slash (APH-2) models. They're fairly low output but they work well for that kind of music. They're also considerably cheaper than Gibson pickups, and sound better to boot.

If you want some more kick, consider a Seymour Duncan Custom Custom (SH-11) with a Pearly Gates (SH-PG1n) in the neck.

If you have some more money on hand consider Bare Knuckle Black Dogs or Emeralds.
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FWIW, I picked my 500t off of CL for $50 cut out of an explorer. They are a good pickup at that price IMO.


There are definitely good buys on the used market for Gibson pickups - can't deny that. 500t, 57 Classics, 498t, Burstbuckers, and some of their other offerings can be found for a great price in the right places. Buying one new on the other hand... eek.

The 490T can be found pretty cheap used as a lot of people pitch them for other pickups. It is a good pickup for what it is designed to do. It straddles the line between vintage and modern. For crunchy stuff, I really like it. For higher gain stuff, I find it a bit muddy.

I actually have a 490T in the neck position of my parts-telecaster. It's pretty interesting sounding.
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