They are the same pickup with the only difference being the 500T having ceramic magnets and the 498T have Alnico 5's. Some like the 490R and hate the 498T, calling it thin and shrill. I've played Gibson guitars for a long time and I have to say the 490 is one of the best neck pickups I've heard that transfers from one guitar to another and stays consistant. Clear editor. Us guitar players are always after this never ending quest for the Hoy Grail of tone. The ceramic humbuckers (490/496/498/500) are modern sounding pickups. I mean, bending a note on a distorsion set up with the neck pick up is amazing. I find it harder to clean up a distorted pick up than overdrive a lower gain type. The BB3's have Alnico 2 mags, and are higher output (louder) than BBpros, and are sweeter, but lack the tight bass response I like. The 57 Classic Plus is around 13k - basically an Angus Young signature, which is ironic because he … Seymour Dun '59 Bridge 191 vote(s) 80.3% Gibson 498T Bridge 47 vote(s) 19.7% Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > doveman Member. Gibson 498T Hot Alnico Bridge Pickup. Joined Jan 20, 2015 Messages 329 Reaction score 409. ... english is not my main language so excuse me if the terms I use are not precise enough. Joined: Oct 9, 2006 Messages: 391 Likes Received: 0 Location: USA - South Carolina. Gibson 498T Hot Alnico Bridge Pickup. I mention this because it seems a lot of people don't believe the Gibson pups are any good and must be replaced. Check em out at your shop through a nice clean amp. It's Alnico II for a more smooth, classic tone. They also come with four conductor wires as aftermarket pickups....hence the "modern take" (compared to '57s) that the Gibson website talks about. C $115.86. Display as a link instead, × Top Personally, I can not imagine the 490R with a microphone other than the 498T (that is to say their complementarity). The latter looks a lot like the DC resistanc of a 490T, I wonder if gibson and or customers are getting the 490T(mildly overwound PAF voice) and 498T(very overwound, dark) confused. × Followers 1. The 498T (which already had an A5 but not an UOA5) sounds better as well. I'm sure this is a question that has been asked many times before but here goes anyhow. Discussion in 'Pickups' started by EbonySG643, Nov 8, 2009. To be safe, just get a DiMarzio Super Distortion. The stock Gibson Les Paul Customs have 490R/498T: The pickups are Gibson’s 490R in the neck position, which offers the tonal characteristics of the original PAFs, and the 498T in the bridge position, which swaps the 490R’s Alnico II magnet for an Alnico V, thus making it slightly hotter with emphasis on mid-ranges and highs. Thread starter Lepard; Start date Jun 18, 2015; L. Lepard Senior Member. Today I'm comparing Seymour Duncan Seth Lover Pickups (which is essentially PAF style pickups) to classic Gibson 490/498 combo. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. Skip to main content. Get the guaranteed best price on Humbucker Pickups like the Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker at Musician's Friend. I would love to hear facts and opinions on the differences in the sound produced and the quality of the two products. Gibson High Output Humbuckers: 498T vs 500T vs Dirty Fingers (orig.) 490R/498T is a more versatile choice, that's what I have on my SG, I prefer them over 490R/490T I had on my Les Paul (I've changed them a few weeks after). I'm playing a Gibson LP Studio with the stock 490r neck and 498t bridge pickups and really liking the tone. Usually the 490R is paired with the hotter 498T. … Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > EbonySG643 New Member. Right now... Not what my ears like.. 490's-500's are rock out chugging machines but they cool right down for very good clean picking/strumming for blues/jazz for my taste. Hello Aquat26! Not all but the differences are less. Pre-Owned. A high-output version of the 490T, Gibson’s 498T humbucker combines the more powerful response of an Alnico V magnet with additional matched windings on each coil, which puts the emphasis on the pickup’s upper midrange frequencies for enhanced crunch and sustain. Any views/opinions on how the 490T compares tonally to the 498T … Or the Gibson 500T which is similar. For an SG Standard: thoughts on 490R/490T vs 490R/498T vs SD Custom vs. My Burstbucker Pros w/A5 magnets are rather one-dimensional. Cheers... Bence, Burst Bucker Pros (Previously known as BB5's) are the brightest Pickups gibson make, the other pro is they make the least Hum out of any pickup, 490/498's are designed for METAL/ROCK and produces more lower range bite, these are the most common pickup used by Gibson and is especially used in SG's & "Designer" Guitars. Neither is better. Happy hunting. Pickup. I can now set the tone on my amp, and it sounds good no matter which pickup I choose. I know that there have been a bunch of changes as the BB pickups evolved, but the ones in my '02, just weren't cutting it for me. I do not have any experience with the 490's and 498's except for in store try outs. The 500T was an improvement over the Dirty Fingers for versatility IMO and slightly more hotrodded than the 498T, way more than the 490T. Watch; 2017 Gibson USA 490T 490R Pickups, Pots, Quick Connect Harness. The highs aren't quite as shrill, and I'm now hearing more upper mids. Gibson Gear 498T Hot Alnico Humbucker Bridge w/Nickel Cover . I have limted experience with these pickups but here is my take on them. Still, I wouldn't call it a bad PUP. Find great deals on eBay for gibson 498t and gibson 490r. Your previous content has been restored. 490s and 498s are wax potted (like '57s) and have even windings (like '57s but unlike BBs.) Personanly, I prefer the Burstbucker pros. Get a low price and free shipping on thousands of items. I always wondered how Gibson's most common high output humbuckers compared to each other...so that's what I set out to do. I love the way it looks and plays. djlogan33 Senior Member. It … I have the Burstbucker Pro and Pro + in my 2012 LP Standard and the '57 and '57 + in a Gibson Midtown Standard w/Bigsby. vBulletin_init(); aquat26, April 11, 2012 in Gibson USA. The 490T came stock in my 1990 Gibson Les Paul Studio. I'd say look for something w/vintage or PAF design in mind. My main complaint w/my 490r was that it didn't clean up as much as I wanted. A real sweet combination that is a fave of mine. I'd like to get some of your thoughts on the stock 490R/498T pups vs. '57 Classics. The '57 Classics are great for those styles. 490T versus 498T - Epiphone Electrics - Gibson Brands Forum . It's got better articulation and more subtlty than the 500T with the same power and definition. I can't comment on the 498t/490r in a Les Paul, but I have the 490t/490r in an SG and they are wonderful. Anyone have experience with both the 490T and 498T in the bridge position? Good luck. I completely agree with Gary Moore Tribute and Dg77. They have hot, edgy sound. They are the same pickup with the only difference being the 500T having ceramic magnets and the 498T have Alnico 5's. You can post now and register later. I recently scored a 2007 Gibson SG Standard. × While not being as hot as the 498T it still takes all the high gain you can throw at it (via amp or pedals) very well indeed. Compared to the 498T, which also has Alnico V (as does BBpro), the BBpro's are not as high output, but are much clearer, and yes bright. They bring out the tone on this faux semi-hollow type of guitar. The BB Pros on the other had have a bit less gain but to my ears more complex and interesting overtones. It depends in what you want to hear.. You cannot paste images directly. Vidéos YouTube associées . ... 2 product ratings - USA Gibson Les Paul Tribute 490R 490T Humbucker PICKUP SET, Nickel Quick Connect. Feb 17, 2010 #4 Saiko said: Great pickup set if you play around with them, one of my favorites and very much underrated. I've also read that the 500K pots make the 490T come alive. 490R is not my favorite pickup, I find it lacks bass, it's not that warm neither. I have a studio that I put burstbuckers in and it sounds phenomenal. I chose the Seymour Duncan SH2 jazz neck & the SH4 JB bridge & I'm very satisfied w/the cleans & overdrive tones I'm getting. I have an LP Studio with the 490R/498T combo and the 498T is a bit more hotter. With the right settings you can easily do great '80s thrash tones, IMO. Take home what sounds good to you. This is a pickup for the discerning and experienced player. … Joined Jan 20, 2015 Messages 329 Reaction score 409. A good choice to add with a vintage pickup. Gibson claims the two have near equal output, don't know if I believe them or not. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > EbonySG643 New Member. Pickups. I own an LP with modern classics and I can't imagine a better "all-around" rock pickups than my 498T. Scroll Down And Click On All Of Our Sponsors' Logos For Their Websites! These are really typed vintage microphones with their own personality. I also like the warmth of the 498T for blues, rock and metal tones but it would be harder to clean up if your amp is set cranked hard. For Blues & Jazz you could use anything but mellow pickups are usually the best and these are 57 Classics. All the BBs have uneven windings on the two coils, which gives them an "airy" complex 3-D type of quality, that I really dig. The Gibson Standard got the 490R/498T set in 1990, switched from the Bill Lawrence HB-L and HB-R circuit board pickups. Lots more output and just over the top for me. I couldn't be satisfied with it in my Les Paul, I like my A2P much better. I have a JB-Jazz combo on my Squier Esprit (very nice, underrated all-mahagony guitar btw) and JB is very midrange-boosted, too much for this guitar.