This is a Gibson 490R & 498T Humbucker Pickup Set that is ready to install. It is just a drop in replacement for your Gibson Les Paul or your Epiphone Les Paul (but you might need to do some routing if you will install in Epiphone in case the pots are too big for the holes on the Epiphone). Switchcraft 3-way Toggle switch and Switchcraft 1/4 Jack already soldered. This comes with Gold Vintage Knobs, plus all the nuts and bolts needed for install. The only thing missing from this set are Sprague Orange Drop Capacitors, which you can purchase separately.
Pickups from a 2012 Gibson Les Paul 50's Tribute Electric Guitar in Heritage Cherry Sunburst. Pickups are 6 years old but the guitar was purchased on 2013. So in the owner's hands, the pickups are 5 years old. But no problems with the pickups at all, no hidden defects. Used but not abused. Unit is in great condition. RFS: pickup upgrade.
Gibson's revolutionary 490T and 490R pickups ("T” for treble, and "R” for rhythm) has the traditional characteristics of the original "Patent Applied For” pickups. Gibson also introduced wax potting, which does away with any air space, minimalizing microphonic feedback.
The 490R is a humbucker with the tonal characteristics of an original PAF, with a slight increase in upper mid-range response. The 490T bridge pickup is calibrated to match the 490R, with pole pieces aligned a little further apart to accommodate the spacing of the strings at the bridge, which is different than the spacing of the strings at the neck.
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. The 498T is perfect for any hard rock application, easily overdriving amplifiers for a beefy, sizzling output that boosts any guitar’s power and presence. The pole pieces on the 498T are also aligned a little further apart to accommodate the spacing of the strings at the bridge, which is different than the spacing of the strings at the neck. This aids in producing powerful leads and thick rhythm without sacrificing single-note definition.
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