Which pickup is this ? Hows your telepathy ?

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  1. Australian

    Australian Green Beret VIP Member

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    I never did bother to find out what pick-up this guitar had in the bridge. I bought this guitar on Ebay about 15 years ago. I just know I love the tone, it does AC/DC well.

    It's time to end the mystery. I'm halfway through taking the pick guard off so any guesses?


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    I am going to guess...Gibson 490T.
     
  4. Australian

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    I thought it was going to be a Seymour or Dimarzio, but ? :

    Neck PU:

    Gibson '99 SG neck PU.jpeg




    Bridge PU:

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    GIBSON67 Well-Known Member

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    I like my 490T and it definitely gives up that AC/DC tone. But check the impedance to see which model it is...
     
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    Unfortunately without a sticker on it you will never know what it really is, you can only guess based on how it measures on a meter. :(
     
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    Dirty Finger?
     
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    Unless it's DF or 500t, I'm disgusted and horrified
     
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    Not a dirty fingers ...DF's have two rows of screw poles , no slugs

    Probably a 490 ....which can be a great bridge pickup in the 8.5k range
     
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    Yeah 490T seems right. I didn't measure the impedance but will in the future.
     
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    What tonality does it have? Could be 490, 57, 57+, 498, 500, 496, BB, BB Pro, measure it to help narrow it down. :yesway:
     
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  12. Australian

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    It has a vintage tone . Perfect mids, well balanced. Not real hot but somewhat hot.

    what do you get from that description?
     
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    Looks like the stock Gibson SG pickup.
    A pretty good pickup I think.
     
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    What do you mean by perfect mids? I'd like to know what it measures on a meter, plug a guitar cable into the guitar and take a measurement from the other end of the cable.
     
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    Australian Green Beret VIP Member

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    Measured with a patch cable plugged into the guitar:

    bridge PU
    13.86


    neck PU
    13.17
     
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    Sounds like 498. Excellent rock pickup. 490 would be around 8k5
    The vintage(styled ) pups from Gibson don't have the bottom plate stamped like that.
    Notice the holes in the bottom plate. Is made for use with either neck or bridge spacing poles/ screws. . Both your pickups look like bridge spacing which correlates to them both being 490T or in this case more likely 489 suggested by the resistance reading
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    So you think they're both 598T's-both Bridge pu's ?
    The neck pickup needs to be changed- Its too loud even though I have lowered it right down. And its sort of muddy as a neck pu.
     
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    look at the pole spacing. that and the 13k suggest 498...but I guess it could be something else but thats what I think
     
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    On Gibson pickups built for neck position the screws would go into the narrower holes and slugs on the wider hole side. Both your look like the go into wider holes. (Compare to the bobbin screws that sits in the same position either way)
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    They're two bridge pickups aren't they?

    Possibly same model, just cover on / cover off, and the usual +/- 5% winding accuracy. Or even just old pots that don't go quite all the way to wide-open, no-addl-resistance
     

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