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Thoughts on 490R and 490T pickups


Active member
May 10, 2024
I agree with that too. I’m convinced some people like to tinker with things more than they actually like to play guitar and also love the thrill of spending money on things that are perceived as high end along the way .
I go through phases where I play all the time, or play rarely at all. I am also all over the place in terms of gear, with my one deciding factor being the tones or purposes I want out of said gear. I don't purchase based on price, prestige, or forum cred points. I buy based on what I want.

That said my favorite Gibson pickups are P90's, Staples, and the tried and true 490R/498T set.


New member
Jun 8, 2024
I have been playing only Telecasters forever but recently got my first Les Paul and it has these pickups. I got the guitar because it sounded so good and played so well that I couldn't resist. I don't have enough experience with Les Pauls to compare it to other models/pickups as I have only played a few over the years and none for an extended period of time.

I agree completely with Offshore Angler that pickups play less of a role in how their guitars sound than many people think.