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Gibson 498T Alnico Humbucker Black & Creme

It would be a big mistake to assume that all humbuckers sound alike. Truth is, there are a number of Gibson humbucking pickups available, and each one has its own distinctive personality. The "Modern Classic" Series from Gibson features tonal ...

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My favorite bridge pickup!

Comments I have been using the same lest Paul Studio with this pickup in the bridge since 1996, and it has grown to become 'my sound'. It is just a great sounding, thick, full, rich pickup that sounds very organic. I find some pickups to sound sort of 'artificial' or unnatural in their natural EQ, but this one is just very natural sounding. I generally use it for my overdriven and distorted sounds, but it can be nice for a more articulate clean tone as well. It really nails that classic to modern rock tone and with great sounding overtones. It is a very musical pickup. I would recommend it for all types of music, except for maybe crazy over the top highest gain possible metal. If that is your thing, you might consider a higher output pickup, or even an active one. I personally hate the sound of active pickups and feel that you compromise your clean tone too much for them to be worthwhile. The ones I use have the nickel covers on them and they look great! I haven't tried it in anything other than a Gibson, but I would assume it would translate well in pretty much any guitar. I currently have this pickup in my LP Studio and my Flying V. I'm even thinking of putting one in my ES 137.

Liked about it Very organic and versatile
Classy looks
Great overtones

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By Severinsteelsmit
Dec 21, 2009
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