Price paid: $ 80
Purchased from: MF
Sound — 10
Known as a "Hot Alnico", perfect for rock, "UNCOVERED" 4 conductor wiring. I installed it w/ Orville LPC. I think that the strong midrange voicing and medium output of this pickup is the perfect combination for Marshall/Fender tube amp. Fat & Round voice, pure, well balance w/ natural woody tonal character. Unlike other brands like Seymour, Dimarzio, EMG, 498T delivers the natural voice of an instrument. Recommended for jazz, blues, classic rock, punk, & pop clean or overdriven. Not advisable for death metal type of tone. 498T can also sounds sweet in clean music stuff too. Depends on how you dial your amp & effects.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall impression, PERFECT & BALANCE FOR ROCK in a Les Paul body type of a gear, either clean or overdriven using tube amp. Installed in Orville MIJ Les Paul Custom, Gibson LP Special, & Gibson LP Std. DC. By the way, factory/stock pups were all crap in any guitar. Buy new, then you will notice the difference in tone.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This pup will last & realiable. Sorry to say, those people who were complaining with 498T are just missing the boat.Some were claiming that 498T is so Bassy, Middy, Trebly etc. Well, you can't go wrong with this pick up for any Les Paul type of gear especially if you are aware of your 500k pots + caps. Just make sure that your tone controls are working correctly before you install this pick up.