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  • Alternatives to Gibson 498T?

    I tried one of these in a Gibson SG and though they sounded great, but I hear a lot of people saying there are better options.

    What other pickups offer the same voicing/characteristics of the 498T, but better?
    Originally Posted by xxtinyterrified


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  • #2
    If you thought it sounded great, maybe you should stick with it. It's a great pickup, if you're into that sort of tone (I like it as well).

    Maybe you can list what you'd want, tonewise... more treble? Less output? More output?

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    • #3
      I swapped the 498 out of my Les paul for a Seymour Duncan SH-14 Custom 5.

      No comparison.

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      • #4
        I swapped the 498 out of my Les paul for a Seymour Duncan SH-14 Custom 5.

        No comparison.

        What exactly was better in regards to the tone?
        Originally Posted by xxtinyterrified


        did every person in the amp forum influence thousands of amazing guitarists and get shot for no reason in front of his own brother? didn't think so.

        kthnxbye



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        • #5
          Maybe a bit darker sounding pickup with the exact same tonal qualities other wise?


          What exactly was better in regards to the tone?


          Clearer, more punch and sustain. I found it brighter than the 498.

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          • #6
            Clearer, more punch and sustain. I found it brighter than the 498.

            Hmm.

            Can you recommend me a pickup that is a bit darker than the 498T but has more punch and sustain?
            Originally Posted by xxtinyterrified


            did every person in the amp forum influence thousands of amazing guitarists and get shot for no reason in front of his own brother? didn't think so.

            kthnxbye



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            • #7
              I'm the first one to rag on the 498T pickups, but if you like it that's all that matters. I've heard plenty of people get some great tones out of them; I'm just not capable of it. I find them harsh and brittle, but that could be my technique or something.

              I just don't know if you'll be happier with something else just because someone else liked it better than what you've already got.
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              • #8
                Take it from me, I have gone through at least 10 different pickups for my SG and ultimately I went back to the 498T.

                It's a great sounding pup.
                Originally Posted by Zozobra


                I'm sure that a similar tone can be generated by putting a dildo in a metal trash can and kicking it down some stairs. It'll cost $800 less and thats if you buy a totally ****************ing sweet dildo.

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                • #9
                  I tried one of these in a Gibson SG and though they sounded great, but I hear a lot of people saying there are better options.

                  What other pickups offer the same voicing/characteristics of the 498T, but better?



                  Which SG did you play? Many have the 490T (as opposed to the 498T) in the bridge and 490R. Also, what guitar is this going into?

                  To my ears, the SD JB (SH-4) sounds dangerously similar and has similar output, though it may be a little "smoother." But, if you're looking for something similar but smoother, you could try the 490T, which I believe is the same pickup but with an AlNiCo II magnet instead of the 498T's AlNiCo V. Also, as I mentioned above, the 490T is often in the SG, and may be the very pickup you heard (and like). I liked the 490T quite a bit, though I no longer have my SG Faded...
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                  • #10
                    Hmm.

                    Can you recommend me a pickup that is a bit darker than the 498T but has more punch and sustain?


                    If you want something darker, then try a ToneZone by Dimarzio. I had one in my SG a few years ago and I found that it sounded really muddy in a all mahagony guitar.
                    Originally Posted by Zozobra


                    I'm sure that a similar tone can be generated by putting a dildo in a metal trash can and kicking it down some stairs. It'll cost $800 less and thats if you buy a totally ****************ing sweet dildo.

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                    • #11
                      Which SG did you play? Many have the 490T (as opposed to the 498T) in the bridge and 490R. Also, what guitar is this going into?

                      To my ears, the SD JB (SH-4) sounds dangerously similar and has similar output, though it may be a little "smoother." But, if you're looking for something similar but smoother, you could try the 490T, which I believe is the same pickup but with an AlNiCo II magnet instead of the 498T's AlNiCo V. Also, as I mentioned above, the 490T is often in the SG, and may be the very pickup you heard (and like). I liked the 490T quite a bit, though I no longer have my SG Faded...

                      I played the SG Standard. AFAIK, it uses a 498T in the bridge.
                      Originally Posted by xxtinyterrified


                      did every person in the amp forum influence thousands of amazing guitarists and get shot for no reason in front of his own brother? didn't think so.

                      kthnxbye



                      Dimebag. Serious business.

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                      • #12
                        A lower resistance volume pot can darken things up a lot. Generally the lower the "R" the darker.

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                        • #13
                          Which SG did you play? Many have the 490T (as opposed to the 498T) in the bridge and 490R. Also, what guitar is this going into?

                          To my ears, the SD JB (SH-4) sounds dangerously similar and has similar output, though it may be a little "smoother." But, if you're looking for something similar but smoother, you could try the 490T, which I believe is the same pickup but with an AlNiCo II magnet instead of the 498T's AlNiCo V. Also, as I mentioned above, the 490T is often in the SG, and may be the very pickup you heard (and like). I liked the 490T quite a bit, though I no longer have my SG Faded...


                          SG standards have the 498t in the bridge and the 490r in the neck. the specials and special fadeds uses a 490 in each slot. i have both and IMHO i prefer the 498 in the bridge much more. but, you (OP) may like the 490 better? it is darker but, i have a darker amp (orange) so it was too dark (and trust me i LOVE dark). the 498 is a perfect balance for me. i'll be swapping the 490 in the bridge on the faded soon to a 498 so i may have one available.
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                          • #14
                            What's wrong with the 498t? If you like the tone, stick with it! That's why I haven't switched out the pickups in my Epiphone LP...I really just like them.
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                            • #15
                              Maybe a bit darker sounding pickup with the exact same tonal qualities other wise?


                              Rio Grande BBQ. That's a fairly dark bridge pickup, but it gets a nice hot-rodded PAF tone. I have one in my Carvin and it gets a nice grind going.
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