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Help me identify this humbucker

php221988

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Hi all,

I recently purchased a Les Paul Custom from the 70s which had newer humbuckers installed in.

Hopefully the original T-top were kept in the case, quite a rather good surprise I may say !

Could you please help me identify the type of the installed pickup? Is there a way to find it whether it’s a classic 57, etc. ?



Many thanks !
 

Big Al

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No. It's a humbucker. Not a 57 Classic. All anyone can offer is a guess.
 

frenchphil

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i thought at some point the 498 t and 490 r were engraved like this but it s just a tought
 

frenchphil

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Hi all,

I recently purchased a Les Paul Custom from the 70s which had newer humbuckers installed in.

Hopefully the original T-top were kept in the case, quite a rather good surprise I may say !

Could you please help me identify the type of the installed pickup? Is there a way to find it whether it’s a classic 57, etc. ?



Many thanks !
 

frenchphil

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now that i think about ir twice i am pretty sure most definitevely rather positive that these are 498 t and 490 r
 

Big Al

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now that i think about ir twice i am pretty sure most definitevely rather positive that these are 498 t and 490 r
How? That is the default base without any model identifiers. It could be any humbucker from that era except Dirty Fingers. They were added aftermarket and could be anything the modder chose. They could be 496R and 498T, but how are you sure?
 

frenchphil

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didnt know it was the default base, but i had these pups in my current 93 standard and they were just the same
 

frenchphil

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i think measuring the resistance would be a good idea a 498 t is near the 13 k so that can help
 

Big Al

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i think measuring the resistance would be a good idea a 498 t is near the 13 k so that can help
really? I thought that was more like a 500T. You cannot wind that much with 42ga wire.
 

clearmudd

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I can say that if the pole screws are in the wider spaced holes it's a bridge pup.... more likely a 498T if it has ceramic magnets a 500T

If the pole screws are in the narrow spaced holes it's a neck pup,...more likely a 490R

'57s are PAF replicas,....so they will not have the extra set of pole screw holes.
 
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