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      This "Modern Classic" features tonal characteristics similar to the '57 Classic with a slight increase in the upper mids, for a more contemporary humbucking sound. The special Alnico II magnet gives this beauty a singing quality that delivers on demand. The 490R (See recommended accessories box on this page), with its neck-spaced pole pieces, is calibrated to match the bridge-spaced 490T for a perfect match. Available with chrome, gold, or nickel covers, or with open coils, the 490R and 490T come with 4-conductor shielded wiring for series/parallel/split coil variations. NOTE: Factory-installed 490R and 490T pickups have 2-conductor wiring.


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      Gibson490T Original Humbucker
       
      4.0

      (based on 13 reviews)

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            This IS the classic Gibson sound

            As with all reviews - do your research so you can separate the facts from the BS. These are NOT Alnico 5 - these are Alnico II. I own a '87 Les Paul...Read complete review

            As with all reviews - do your research so you can separate the facts from the BS. These are NOT Alnico 5 - these are Alnico II. I own a '87 Les Paul Standard with the original 490R and 490T factory installed. The 490 is THE pickup that the Seymour Duncan Slash pickup attempts to emulate. They are not TOO hot, but hot enough to drive a tube amp nicely while retaining good tone and harmonics. The 490 pickups sound very close to the original PAFs that Gibson is famous for. Great picking dynamics - not squashed and compressed sounding like active EMGs. Bite into the string and it bites back! Another thing to keep in mind is the type of wood these are installed in. Gibson's primary tone wood is Mahogany - which is deep and full sounding with lots of sustain. So a bright pickup is needed to even out the tone. This pickup won't sound the same in an Alder bodied Fender as it will in a Mahogany bodied Gibson. Ash and Alder both have a brighter sound than Mahogany. Do your homework before choosing - and avoid an expensive mistake ........

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            Let's Talk Turkey....

            Players of all ages and abilities out there: I am not Morazt, but I have been playing and composing for 30 years on some of the finest guitars made, and interestingly, on some...Read complete review

            Players of all ages and abilities out there: I am not Morazt, but I have been playing and composing for 30 years on some of the finest guitars made, and interestingly, on some of the most modestly priced that happened to have proved incredible vehicles across the decades. So I have some experience as I have studied intensely the guitar market since the early eighties, and I know the shell-game tricks they all pull. The Gibson 490 is the equivilent to the inefficacious "Alnico Classic" humbucker Epiphone once or still tries to palm off on people, just to cut costs. The 490 is Gibson's standard junk pickup, and they throw it in to cut costs or else inspire you to upgrade, which you must, even if you have to walk over your mother to do it. Gibson knows this perfectly well, which is why any serious Gibson model has '57s in it, as it is apparently the pickup Gibson values most highly. Gibson values ITSELF most highly in the guitar world...go see...its name-emblazoned t-shirts cost five clams more than Fender's or Gretsch's or Marshall's for the same cotton large. Gibson has an ego, bigtime. The 490s give you sound that out does a Squire, sure, but in the vast world of Duncan, DiMarzio, EMG, et al., the 490 is: "I'm sorry...you have WHAT in your guitar? A 4-what?!" The perspicacious player knows that there are limitless sounds out there that allow you to design the tonal colors of your own musical palette, whatever your goals. The Gibson 490 is a cheap tonal brush. They are paperweights waiting to be disconnected. Gibson's Burstbucker line is too shrill, and Gretsch's MegaTron pickup achieves what Gibson wishes it could with the Burst-stuff. Go with the Gibson '57, as it delivers wonderfully. But I say explore more, you new players; just 'cause it says "Gibson" doesn't mean anything inherently. The simple, current, Duncan Alnico 2 'bucker is hard-hitting power and grit. The Gibson 490 is hard-to-swallow ****. Other than Gibson's '57, they don't have a card to play, and I have played cards with Gibson for a long time. Time to talk turkey now that they unnecessarily destroyed Epiphone's quality, across the board, so completely, that it breaks my heart.

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            1.0

            Let's Talk Turkey....

            By Chris

            from Boston, MA

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            Comments about Gibson 490T Original Humbucker:

            Players of all ages and abilities out there: I am not Morazt, but I have been playing and composing for 30 years on some of the finest guitars made, and interestingly, on some of the most modestly priced that happened to have proved incredible vehicles across the decades. So I have some experience as I have studied intensely the guitar market since the early eighties, and I know the shell-game tricks they all pull. The Gibson 490 is the equivilent to the inefficacious "Alnico Classic" humbucker Epiphone once or still tries to palm off on people, just to cut costs. The 490 is Gibson's standard junk pickup, and they throw it in to cut costs or else inspire you to upgrade, which you must, even if you have to walk over your mother to do it. Gibson knows this perfectly well, which is why any serious Gibson model has '57s in it, as it is apparently the pickup Gibson values most highly. Gibson values ITSELF most highly in the guitar world...go see...its name-emblazoned t-shirts cost five clams more than Fender's or Gretsch's or Marshall's for the same cotton large. Gibson has an ego, bigtime. The 490s give you sound that out does a Squire, sure, but in the vast world of Duncan, DiMarzio, EMG, et al., the 490 is: "I'm sorry...you have WHAT in your guitar? A 4-what?!" The perspicacious player knows that there are limitless sounds out there that allow you to design the tonal colors of your own musical palette, whatever your goals. The Gibson 490 is a cheap tonal brush. They are paperweights waiting to be disconnected. Gibson's Burstbucker line is too shrill, and Gretsch's MegaTron pickup achieves what Gibson wishes it could with the Burst-stuff. Go with the Gibson '57, as it delivers wonderfully. But I say explore more, you new players; just 'cause it says "Gibson" doesn't mean anything inherently. The simple, current, Duncan Alnico 2 'bucker is hard-hitting power and grit. The Gibson 490 is hard-to-swallow ****. Other than Gibson's '57, they don't have a card to play, and I have played cards with Gibson for a long time. Time to talk turkey now that they unnecessarily destroyed Epiphone's quality, across the board, so completely, that it breaks my heart.

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            5.0

            The original Hot pickup

            By Spider

            from Beckley, WV

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                  Comments about Gibson 490T Original Humbucker:

                  This is the pick up that all pick up companies aspire to. Gibson pickups are always of the highest quality. This is the tone that so many other pick up manufactures try to immitate. If you are looking for the best rock tone with great articulation, singing highs and great mids then this is the pickup for you. The alnico pick up that all of the other manufacturers copied....just not as well. I have these in all my Gibson LP's and My epi LP as well. Really wakes the epi up.

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                  3.0

                  SG Standard PUP

                  By Anonymous

                  from Los Angeles, CA

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                        When I first got my SG Standard, I was blown away by this guitar pickup. That was about 7 years ago. Now that I'm a seasoned player, my ears have grown tired of this pickup. I feel that it lacks clarity overall, and that there is too much bite, rolling off the tone knob just decreases the clarity and leaves you with a giant pile of lower midrange boom. I rarely go for my SG these days, as I don't feel like I am playing a legendary instrument. I ordered a different set of pickups from Gibson's line that was recommended from a very well respected friend. I look forward to breathing some life into my SG. I love the guitar, but with this pickup in the bridge, I just don't ever have a use for it's tonal characteristics.

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                        5.0

                        This IS the classic Gibson sound

                        By old rocker dude

                        from WNC

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                              Comments about Gibson 490T Original Humbucker:

                              As with all reviews - do your research so you can separate the facts from the BS. These are NOT Alnico 5 - these are Alnico II. I own a '87 Les Paul Standard with the original 490R and 490T factory installed. The 490 is THE pickup that the Seymour Duncan Slash pickup attempts to emulate. They are not TOO hot, but hot enough to drive a tube amp nicely while retaining good tone and harmonics. The 490 pickups sound very close to the original PAFs that Gibson is famous for. Great picking dynamics - not squashed and compressed sounding like active EMGs. Bite into the string and it bites back! Another thing to keep in mind is the type of wood these are installed in. Gibson's primary tone wood is Mahogany - which is deep and full sounding with lots of sustain. So a bright pickup is needed to even out the tone. This pickup won't sound the same in an Alder bodied Fender as it will in a Mahogany bodied Gibson. Ash and Alder both have a brighter sound than Mahogany. Do your homework before choosing - and avoid an expensive mistake ........

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                              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              In a Lucille

                              By Super 400

                              from Detroit, MI

                              Comments about Gibson 490T Original Humbucker:

                              I have this pickup in a Lucille in the treble position and play a wide range of music. I also own the 498T in a Paul and the 57 Classic. In all of these comments, no one mentions their rig setup. For example, if you use a British style speaker in your amp with aggressive high mids, you sound can be really gritty and harsh on distortion. I had this problem and replaced with a cleaner speaker with a fairly deep high mid notch and...like magic the tone became smooth and rich with still enough bite - really surprising. My point is you can't describe the tone of a pickup in isolation without considering your rig. That said, this pickup is terrific.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Not so nice

                              By Toby

                              from Whittier, CA

                              Comments about Gibson 490T Original Humbucker:

                              I bought a Les Paul Studio that came stock with this P.U. in the bridge position. It sounds okay, but not great (sometimes not even that good. It is not very warm and I get horrible feed back (shrill not warm and full). I just bought a classic 57 plus and hope it will warm up this guitar.

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                              (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Gibson

                              By Anonymous

                              from Undisclosed

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                              I have three of these pickups on my Gibson SG-3 Faded with gold hardware and black pickguard.

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                              4.0

                              Good for Bridge position!

                              Comments about Gibson 490T Original Humbucker:

                              Like I said in my other review for the 490R, it is a bad neck pickup, but a good treble (bridge) pickup. It is very bright and glassy, good for bridge position. I swapped my neck with a '57 Classic but left this in the Bridge because it's bridge tone cuts through my distortion and gives an incredible treble tone for rhythm and solos. I would still prefer a Burstbucker or '57 Classic Plus in the bridge but will accept this as my bridge pickup since it does what it needs to do and sounds like it should. It is a nice contrats to the '57 Classic I put in the neck.

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                              (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              490T

                              By ralsterV

                              from USA

                              Comments about Gibson 490T Original Humbucker:

                              This is an Alnico-5 magnet pickup, so if you want clarity and note definition for brilliant soloing, ala 80s metal--this is GREAT! I have it in a Scorpions Gibson FlyingV--perfect. Same for smooth, crisp rhythm playing. If you are looking for drop-tuning, or a Metallica 'black album' sound, pick a ceramic (hotter) magnet pickup like the 500T or go with EMG-81s.

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                              5.0

                              WOW

                              By gibsonSGguy

                              from New York. NY

                              Comments about Gibson 490T Original Humbucker:

                              i just bought a Gibson SG Standard and it did not sound like i have wanted it to but when i bought these pickups it was (for me) the best so i recommend this pickups to anybody whose anyone beginner or a pro

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