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Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker

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Increased midrange with extra high-end crunch along with vintage warmth and sustain. The 498T guitar pickup can deliver a solo that will cut through ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A bridge position extra-high output version of a vintage humbucker.

Increased midrange with extra high-end crunch along with vintage warmth and sustain. The 498T guitar pickup can deliver a solo that will cut through the mix without sacrificing any fullness. Equipped with a 4-conductor lead cable.


The pickup is the real secret of your guitar's tone. Try this one on and your tone will grow a foot!

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Gibson498T Alnico Humbucker
 
4.7

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (4)
  • Improves sound (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just what I needed!

I got a Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro back in 2010. I loved the feel, and the features. Over time I found the Burstbucker 3 to be too shrill and harsh. Also...Read complete review

I got a Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro back in 2010. I loved the feel, and the features. Over time I found the Burstbucker 3 to be too shrill and harsh. Also it sounded very thin compared to the Dragon II's on My PRS. I went out and played dozens of Gibsons. I wanted to keep the "Les Paul" tone but get a warmer, fatter, and higher output sound. The 498T was my answer. It is voiced very similar to the Burtsbucker 3, but its warmer (while still clear as a bell), has more output, and a much fuller sound. It was perfect for me. I wanted that classic Les Paul growl. On the other hand. asking [$] for ONE pickup is seriously wrong. I mean the everage Seymour Duncan, or DiMarzio, is priced at about $75. But no other pickup company makes pickups that sound like Gibsons. So you get what you pay for. The high price is the only reason I didnt give it a full 5 rating. Bottom line: If you want the full, powerful growl of a Les Paul, this pickups delivers. For a Price...

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Not For Neck Position

This p/u is spaced for bridge position only with wider string spacing known as "F" spacing. I bought it to use in the neck position of my SG but realized after...Read complete review

This p/u is spaced for bridge position only with wider string spacing known as "F" spacing. I bought it to use in the neck position of my SG but realized after installing it that the strings don't line up with the pole pieces in this position. I know some people will think 'what a maroon, this is advertised as a bridge pup, why would you even try it in the neck'? Well, if you think about it, back in the day there were no bridge/neck designations on pickups. You just used what sounded good and I thought a hot trebley bridge pup would be killer in the neck without all that bassy, boomy somewhat muddy neck pup attributes. I was wrong and I'll be putting a new regular spaced pup in the neck and saving this one for another guitar another day.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

bar band delight

By tulsa slim

from collinsville, ok.

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Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

I am a huge fan of almost all of the Gibson humbucker pickups and am very familiar with the differences between them. To me the 490/498 combination is the best choice for anybody playing the bar band scene.The 498 has balanced windings in both coils and is wax potted. It differs from the '57 in that it has a few more windings and is 'hotter' and 'brighter' that it's '57 Classic (or even the '57 Classic Plus)cousins. In other words, just perfect to give your solos a 'little extra' to get up over the rest of the mix in a bar band situation.I prefer 490/498's in my LPs that I use on stage. The 498 has the typical great Gibson humbucker sound. It's just a little hotter and brighter than the '57s or the BurstBuckers.I gave them a 4 for 'value' although these are actually reasonably priced for a Gibson.I highly recommend them for any LP lead player who desires a little extra power in his bridge pickup without giving up any of that Gibson tone.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just what I needed!

By AngolaJonno

from Indiana

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Pros

  • Crazy Harmonic Response
  • Powerful Output
  • Warm Clear Tone

Cons

  • Too Expensive

Best Uses

  • Les Paul Bridge

Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

I got a Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro back in 2010. I loved the feel, and the features. Over time I found the Burstbucker 3 to be too shrill and harsh. Also it sounded very thin compared to the Dragon II's on My PRS. I went out and played dozens of Gibsons. I wanted to keep the "Les Paul" tone but get a warmer, fatter, and higher output sound. The 498T was my answer. It is voiced very similar to the Burtsbucker 3, but its warmer (while still clear as a bell), has more output, and a much fuller sound. It was perfect for me. I wanted that classic Les Paul growl. On the other hand. asking [$] for ONE pickup is seriously wrong. I mean the everage Seymour Duncan, or DiMarzio, is priced at about $75. But no other pickup company makes pickups that sound like Gibsons. So you get what you pay for. The high price is the only reason I didnt give it a full 5 rating. Bottom line: If you want the full, powerful growl of a Les Paul, this pickups delivers. For a Price...

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Perfect Mix....

By Adrian R.

from Chicago, IL

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Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

This is by far one of my all time favorite pickups. I just installed it in one of my Gibson Flying Vs and doing so reminded me why I liked the pickup so much. This pickup represents a great mix between the high output sound of a ceramic pickup yet with the warmth of a more traditional ALINCO magnet. I have tried many different pickups in my Gibsons including Seymour Duncans, Dimarzios, and different Gibson pickups (Dirty Fingers most recently)and this pickup by far in my opinion has the greatest most authentic Gibson tone..especially when used with my older Marshall halfstacks..a great rock pickup for sure!

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE IT!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

This pick up came stock in my Gibson Les Paul Studio Silverburst (which is a fantastic guitar by the way) and it is one of the most versatile pickups I've heard. It can go from Texas Blues, to classic rock, to heavy metal. I play through a Mesa Boogie Single Rectifier and this pick up is the perfect match. Seriously, get this if you want more variety in your tone.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SOUL OF LES PAUL

By PS

from Guam

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

    The 498t brings out the best of the Les Paul guitar. It offers powerful,articulate, warm,fat/full musical sound that is expressive as you vary your picking. I am able to get huge bottom and blistering highs but not harsh. The 498t allows you to express your voice thru your guitar as if saying words - hard to explain but it has that ability to translate and transfer your feelings and thougths better than other pickups I'used. Very versatile...A++++ choice!

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    498T is my favorite of all time

    By chop883

    from Clarkston, MI

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    Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

    I have searched high and low for the perfect tone for a long time. I found it when my 2005 Les Paul Studio came equipped from the factory with a 498T in the bridge position. I play blues and metal, but the 498T in the bridge is used pretty much for metal only. I am still searching for the perfect neck pickup after trying about 15 in the last 3 years, but the 498T is here to stay for the bridge, and I say that with thorough research and A/B comparison to back it up. I now also have a 2006 Gibson Les Paul Standard which came with Burstbucker pros. They had a good vintage vibe, but I wanted to rock out so I installed the 498T in the bridge and did just that. I run my Les Pauls through a Mesa Boogie Triple Recto and for both overdrive and full high gain metal tones, it sounds so unbelievable. I have used open bobben and metal cover 498Ts. I think that the strong midrange voicing and medium output of this pickup is the perfect combination for my amp which has alot of low end and plenty of gain. Thinking I had to have high gain pickups to really play metal tones and get pinch harmonics to whail was my first mistake in my tone quest. After trying many high gain bridge pickups, I read that Eddie Van Halen's brown sound was created with relatively low gain pickups by todays standards so I started backing off in small increments and found perfection in the 498T. Now, keep in mind also that this pickup came stock in my guitar, so as a tweaker, I just had to change it and experiment, and time after time, I never found a better sounding pickup, and now I am completely convinced that the 498T is the magic behind my sound, given my other compentents (amp, cab, speakers). I have not yet had the opportunity to try a 498T in a full mahogany bodied guitar, but I would guess that I all I would have to do is try the faded special and that would tell me. Also, I have not yet coil tapped the 498T, but those projects will be in the future. In conclusion, from someone who has wasted alot of time and money to satisfy my insatiable tone search, I would recommend this pickup to anyone, and especially those who use medium to high gain modern heads, like a Mesa Dual or Triple Recto, Soldono, or some of the new Peaveys. If you have over 5 gain stages in the preamp of your head, or if you are running a super high gain solid state like a Randall, you DONT need crazy smokin' hot pickups and I would suggest that it will be counter productive to your sound to run them, and with that said, the 498T fits the bill perfectly. I will also mention that the 498T was the best thing that ever happened to my PRS Singlecut trem guitar as well. Enjoy!

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    498T

    By Mark

    from Nashville, TN

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    Pros

    • Quality Gibson Tone

    Cons

    • Priced High

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

      The 498T has the classic tonal character you expect from a Gibson humbucker, but with a little brighter edge. Gibson's best pickup for that tight, bright, crunchy 80's hard rock/hair metal kind of tone.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      THUNDER WONDER

      By PS

      from Guam

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

        For 2 years my Traditional Plus with the 57 and 57 Plus did not sound like a Les Paul. the stock pickups did not have the mojo, there was something missing - it lacked the bite and warm grip/rip of a certain pickup I was looking for. The 498t gives that mojo back, GRIPPING, BITING, ARTICULATE, LOUD ,FAT, AND WARM all the same time. The 57s are to muddy and if you max the volume and treble of the bridge pickup it becomes annoyingly thin sounding -probably the shortcomings of Alnico 2 pickups. The 498t has more authority and musicality than the 57s. With the right strings, tube amp settings, and cables, the 498t on a Les Paul gives you tone heaven.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible

        By Ken Robbins

        from NH

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        Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

        While it's not a "OH MY GOD GUITARGASM GOING TO CRAP MY PANTS THIS IS SO GOOD" pickup (and beleive my, I've played some), its versatility is hard to match.
        Well... It's four wire. That's about as good as you can get for "Features" on a humbucker.
        The split sound is fantastic, by the way. Sounds very much like "All Right Now" by Free.
        With those alnico Vs and roughly 13k of resistance, this pickup is the epitome of a blend between modern and vintage. It doesn't break up when you want to go clean, and doesn't sound weak with distortion. In both settings it has a very full and powerful tone. In a band setting it's perfect for high gain leads, I've found.
        The value of this pickup is low. Why? Gibson charges $100 for a pickup. That's ridiculous!

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        498T Humbucker

        By Gunslinger

        from Pittsburgh, PA

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        Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

        I have a 1972 Les Paul Custom which I bought used in 1982. It has the second generation "T" PAF pickups. I believe Gibson quit putting this type of humbuckers on Les Pauls around 1975. I bought the 498T Humbucker about three years ago to give the bridge pickup a little more balls as I was playing classic rock at the time. Personally, I don't see it having made much of a difference. I recently played some blues at an open stage with the Les Paul through my Carvin SX200 solid state amp( this is my practice amp) and the guitar wailed. I couldn't tell any character difference between the 498T and the original PAF still in the neck. So, depending on what style you are playing, this is what I think: if you are looking for a sound more like a PAF, such as the Allman Bros. ,Freddie King, this is the way to go. If you want more of a Zak Wylde/Randy Rhoades type tone, try something hotter. I'm going to switch back to my PAF bridge pickup. The 498T is a nice pickup but not much difference from what I already have. If you want a PAF sound and aren't getting that from your current pickups, try this. It's a lot cheaper than original PAFs.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Smooth, powerful hard rock

        By ralsterV

        from USA

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        Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

        For the combination of hard rock/metal that I play (Scorpions, Accept), where precise, melodic solos, sometimes slow and singing notes in addition to hard, crunchy rhythms...this pickup is perfect! I took out the 500T OEM Ceramic-magnet pickups out of all my Gibson Flying Vs and put either 498Ts or DuncanJBs (very similar Alnico5 pickup) in place. The common thinking amongst many people is that the 'hot' Alnico5 pickups are very nicely matched with 'warm' mahogany guitars, and I would have to agree.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        what a difference!!!!

        By Uncle Dave

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

        I have a ESP Viper 400 that came stock with the EMG bridge/neck combo and was NOT happy with the majorly compressed sound(even after taking out the bridge pickup and moving the neck pickup back in it's place).After putting the 498T in the bridge position I was really amazed at the clarity of the guitar!Crisp highs,pronounced mids,and tight defined low end made me not even think about looking anymore for a distortion pedal between my guitar and my Marshall JCM2000.For classic punk or metal this is the sound!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        490R-498T

        By dk-66HoJ

        from Detroit, Michigan

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        Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

        I have a Gibson Les Paul standard and I put this combo in along with push/pulls for coil splitting, phasing, etc... No matter if I am using it as a sing coil, or humbucker, it sounds amazing clean or distorted. I play all types of music from very light classical requiring clean mid-treble sounds, to jazz requiring clean low mids, to classic rock, to metal requiring hot punchy leads. This pickup can do anything.Note: many reviews have said that they put it in an SG and it didn't sounds too great when clean, but in a Les Paul, there are no limits.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not For Neck Position

        By Dalton

        from Pennsylvania

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        Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

        This p/u is spaced for bridge position only with wider string spacing known as "F" spacing. I bought it to use in the neck position of my SG but realized after installing it that the strings don't line up with the pole pieces in this position. I know some people will think 'what a maroon, this is advertised as a bridge pup, why would you even try it in the neck'? Well, if you think about it, back in the day there were no bridge/neck designations on pickups. You just used what sounded good and I thought a hot trebley bridge pup would be killer in the neck without all that bassy, boomy somewhat muddy neck pup attributes. I was wrong and I'll be putting a new regular spaced pup in the neck and saving this one for another guitar another day.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        great classic humbucker

        By John

        from Florida

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        Pros

        • Sounds awesome

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

          Sounds amazing. You've heard this pickup your entire life on countless tracks. The perfect hard rock, hot pickup. Mine measured 14.26 and I'm very happy with that. Similar in sound to the JB but slightly less midrange focus and a bit more treble. Very nice.

          The only issue and the reason it gets 4 starts for me is the crazy thin wiring which makes it extremely difficult to strip. Possibly 24 AWG or even thinner. Good luck with that as it will take multiple tries before you get a good clean strip.

          Still a great sounding pickup if you want the hard stuff!

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          meh

          By Yuck-OSDHT

          from Wellington, Florida

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          Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

          It sounds good with overdrive. It has a great classic rock sound and it has a lot of warmth. It sounds terrible clean though (which is expected it's a gibson pickup they are usually tinny clean) and it also doesn't do well with heavy distortion. The seymour duncans fair a lot better.My SG had this in it and because I play metal I was underwhelmed by it's heavy distortion tone. It's not a Hard Rock pickup. If all you play is classic rock and blues it should be fine but this isn't something you would play metallica or megadeth on.The reason why is because all the notes lose clarity at the distortion that's needed to play it while my Seymour Duncan JB (in my Mexican made strat) fared a LOT better.It's just not the type of music it is made for.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          490R & 498T

          By Nicko_LPS

          from Greece

          Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

          Combining these two humbuckers the sound is just perfect I recommend them for any LP(mahhogany back & flammed maple top) the cleans are very good to exellenet and distortion is amazing try them with 500k pot and you will see something else. Also, they have 4 cond. cable you have single coil option as well..As Gibson guys say "The perfect rock pickup"

           
          5.0

          Don't change a good thing

          By Top Cat

          from Mid West U.S.A.

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Worlds greatest Rock and Roll Pick Up

            Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

            I had the real good fortune to purchase my Les Paul Custom in 1979.
            It came equipped with the 490\498 pick ups.
            The best sounding Rock pick-up combination ever produced.
            For me, it's simply the sound of Rock and Roll.
            It was, and still is, the guitar sound every player in the world wants.
            The 498 & 490 set the standard for what a guitar pick-up should sound like, and
            how it adjusts to your style of playing.
            I say they are far superior to the original PAF's that were used
            in early Paul models. These pick-ups sing !
            Upgrade to instant , classic, Gibson tone.
            I have them in all my humbucker guitars and they deliver night after night.

             
            5.0

            Great modern Gibson Pickup

            By Teebone

            from NYC New York

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

                Great modern sounding Alnico V pickup. Sounds great!!!!

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Clean, but not as hot as I like...

                By Metaphysical

                from OKC, OK

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                Comments about Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker:

                This is a pretty sweet bridge pickup. Sounds great in an LP. Hot Gibson tone. Played clean this thing can shatter teeth. Played distorted this thing is a monster, that still maintains a nice heavy Gibson tone. But not the best for me. It is a good metal pickup, but I prefer something heavier still, like the SD JB or the EMG 81. More midrange than the Classic Plus. Great for raw, overdriven blues and most classic rock.

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