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Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker Double Black 

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You'll be amazed how Gibson's high-output ceramic magnet adds more highs with increased definition and no muddiness. Available with double black or c...Read More

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      Smokin' neck pickup with incredible sustain and cutting power!

      You'll be amazed how Gibson's high-output ceramic magnet adds more highs with increased definition and no muddiness. Available with double black or creme open coils, the Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker comes with 4 conductor-shielded wiring.

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      • High output ceramic magnet

      If you want hot tone, you gotta have a hot pickup. Throw it in the cart!

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      Gibson496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker
       
      4.9

      (based on 15 reviews)

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Versatile Pickup

      By Blueswave

      from HI

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            Comments about Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker:

            I am a player and tone junkie and have owned many guitars and amps over the years. I raraely write a review but I really like these pickups. I love to tinker often mod all my guitars with different pickups, capacitors wiring etc...After years of doing this I have developed an ear for all these subtle differences. After all the tinkering swapping etc, I have realized long ago it's all in the hands guys! ... ;-) but make no mistake always use the best gear you can afford..Indeed pickups are the single best thing you can do to alter your tone...I own more than a few Les Pauls and the 496R/500T came stock on my '96 Les Paul Classic Goldtop. They are right up there in quality and tone of any boutique after market pickup builders- you know who they are.. This combo is the only stock pickup set I have ever liked, they're well matched with any LP without the cheesy muddiness that many stock guitars have. They are hotter than standard PAF type pickups fore sure, and have their own distinct sound. I rarely see guitarists talk about rolling back your volume and tone knobs to tweak your sound which is why I give these 5 stars for versatility, try it for more tonal variation....

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A little hotter than average.

            By EAganda

            from Philippines

            Comments about Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker:

            Boosted mids, and hotter ceramic magnets instead of the usual AlNiCo II or V, this pickup is ready heavier sounds but is still good for blues and will react to techniques used by the guitarist. It has good quality, but value might be hampered if you want a clean, Fender-single-coil-like tones via split wiring.
            I have installed this pickup into a Gibson Les Paul Standard. This is one of the best pickups that I have used. I have tried many Seymour Duncans and a DiMarzio aside from the stock Gibson that came installed in the guitar. Compared to a DiMarzio The Breed neck pickup, the 496R has a more mids and the lows are boosted a little. Playing the low E string could get a little bassy. If you've been imitating other guitarist's tone, you will need to readjust.
            There's nothing wrong with the pickup and its installation. Screws and springs are supplied in the box. The tape wrapping the pickup is cleanly done. The wires are also good. I didn't have problems soldering.
            The 496R is definitely good value. Gibson pickups are surely more expensive than DiMarzio's. Installing this pickup with a Seymour Duncan Triple Shot, you can get more tones. Wired in series gives out the best humbucker voice. Splitting the coils either way will not give you Fender cleans easily because of the (compared to a single coil) huge boost in the mids and some boost in the lows. I recommend The Breed pickup if you want a cleaner split coil. Wired parallel, it still gives a loud sound while making it a little (just a little) glassy when compared to a series wiring.

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            WORKS FOR ME

            Comments about Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker:

            I have this pickup along with a 500T on my Les Paul Classic. Back in the summer I purchased a new Gibson Standard LP Traditional Plus with the 57 style pickups. While they may work well for others, I disliked them so much I sent the guitar back. My recording studio has several high quality guitars, including a few Gibson LPs. I have over 45 years of listening to things that come and go. My Gibson LP Classic with the 496R and 500T pickups is my favoriate humbucker guitar, which includes a Paul Reed Smith limited edition McCarty 10 top with all rosewood neck.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Smooth and Bluesy

            Comments about Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker:

            I have this pup in the neck position of my Gibson Explorer. It sounds amazing for buttery leads and warm clean tones. I recommend this pup to anyone who wants a smooth and creamy lead tone. This pup sounds amazing clean too!! roll back the tone a lil and great jazz tones spill out of your fingers!!!! Get this pickup!!!!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Pickup!!!

            Comments about Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker:

            I put this pickup and a 500T in my ESP/LTD, and it brought everything I could want and more out of my guitar. It has a very sweet creamy low end that just makes you want to cry. And it has an ultra smooth clean sound for those bluesy players. If you want a classy tone, buy this pickup!!! Spendy yes, but well worth it!

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Incredible Pickup PERIOD

            By Dudebuythisguitar

            from Edmonton, AB

            Comments about Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker:

            I bought an Epi Les Paul becuase I knew that one day I would upgrade it so it would be as good as a Gibson. After 10 minutes of playing with this puppy installed on my guitar, I realized 2 things:1. There IS a reason to use your rhythm toggle2. I must have been tone deaf when I first bought this guitar thinking it had such incredible sound.Don't debate the price, becuase it IS worth it to upgrade to this pickup. Just add on the matching 500t, and you will KNOW that you have never made a better purchase on your guitar.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            THE TONE!!!

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker:

            This is the best pickup I've ever used in the neck position. It is extremely versitile. It can be used for sweet jazz, Heavy Rock & metal, blues, and everything in between. BUY THIS!!!!!!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Pickup

            By fitch_buster

            from Paso Robles, CA

            Comments about Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker:

            It has really good tone. Great pickup.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            rock on

            By crow32

            from chicago IL

            Comments about Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker:

            I had a 96 les paul standard. it was ok, but adding this pickup, along with the 500T in the bridge position has made my gutair a new machine. I am getting "clean distortion", and every note cuts through.

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            5.0

            wow, this thing is basically the best, crazy good

            By Joe Martin

            from Phoenix, AZ

            Comments about Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic Humbucker:

            this pickup really kicks the **** out of the stock pickups on my epi dot.

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