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Gibson 490R Original Humbucker Pickup Chrome

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This modern Gibson classic features tonal characteristics similar to the '57 Classic, delivering a slight increase in the upper mids, for a more contemporary humbucking sound. The special Alnico II ma... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

This modern Gibson classic features tonal characteristics similar to the '57 Classic, delivering a slight increase in the upper mids, for a more contemporary humbucking sound. The special Alnico II magnet gives this beauty a singing quality that delivers on demand. The 490R guitar pickup, with its neck-spaced pole pieces, is calibrated to perfectly match the bridge-spaced 490T. It comes with 4-conductor shielded wiring for series/parallel/split coil variations.

Features
  • Similar to the '57 Classic with increase in the upper mids
  • Special Alnico II magnet
  • Calibrated to perfectly match the 490T
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Gibson490R Original Humbucker Pickup
 
4.3

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (16)

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    (4)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (3)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

excellent value for money

i just put this pickup in my epiphone les paul standard and i must say im blown away by the differnce to the stock epiphone pickup, i would recommend this pickup to anyone who...Read complete review

i just put this pickup in my epiphone les paul standard and i must say im blown away by the differnce to the stock epiphone pickup, i would recommend this pickup to anyone who wants to get a better sound from an already decent sounding guitar, its perfect for a classic rock kind of sound and also good for metal and cleaner sounds too.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

My second favorite Gibson Humbucker

I have a 490 in the neck position of my SG Standard, and my Les Paul Studio. I love the tone when playing clean (neck and middle positons), but when I want...Read complete review

I have a 490 in the neck position of my SG Standard, and my Les Paul Studio. I love the tone when playing clean (neck and middle positons), but when I want some overdrive nothing compares to a '57' classic for a Les Paul. I wouldn't change a thing with the SG it really does sound great clean or dirty. I am planning on replacing the 490 in the Les Paul with a '57' classic. I just love the '57'. The only actual complaint that I have with the 490 is that if you want the 4 conductor wiring you have to buy the pick up separately. I've checked new (2004) and old Gibsons that have the 490 stock and they are all 2 conductor cable. I would love to know gibson does that!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect with 500T on my sgj 2014

By Superguyamp

from montreal

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  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson 490R Original Humbucker Pickup:

      I changed the stock 61 humbucker (neck and bridge) on my 2014 SGJ for 490R (neck) and 500T (bridge), This 490R is the most well focus midrange pickup for neck i've never heard. Wow, i can play jazz with the 490R if i play softly, nice bass and mid response, crispy for an humbucker, not as dark mid Gibson Classic 57, i love the Classic 57 for my neck Les Paul Custom Black Beauty more classy softer sound and you can play jazz with harder playing and you will still have soft jazz sounding on my Beauty, but if i want to play classic rock with harder playing with chord and soloing, the 490R is magic on my SGJ, very precise and focus, no muddy at all, the neck classic 57 haven't the mid punch that the 490R have. I'havent try the 61 on a Les Paul but for my SGJ (maple neck) the 61 are too bright, i also try a set of epiphone classic pickup on my SGJ, darker than my 61 but lack of caracter no mid punch. The 500T is very tight response pickup, i like it on the bridge of my SGJ, ceramic pickup have more rapid response than the 498T witch is alnico 5 magnet, it's like compare the response of a ceramic speaker to alnico speaker, indispensable for metal player, the response is so rapid when you kick a simple note, sometimes it's too fast, but if i want softer response from the pickup for i just switch to the neck 490R witch have all the necessairy mid response i need for even power chord (e or f).

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gibson.......It's the real thing!

      By musicman 1

      from Logan WV

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Gigs
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Gibson 490R Original Humbucker Pickup:

        I had installed a 498T in the bridge of my Epi ES 339 Pro and got this 490R to go with it. While the factory Alnico Classic Pro's sounded good, these Gibson pickups took it to another level. Warm, clear as a bell clean tones and pure rock-n-roll with overdrive.....Gibson rock-n-roll that is. I was initially worried they might be to much for this guitar, but they sound fantastic, still does any genre and does it well.....I've never heard a
        Gibson pickup that I didn't like....

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great pickup.

        By Igore

        from WI

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Crisp Sound
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Price

        Best Uses

        • All

        Comments about Gibson 490R Original Humbucker Pickup:

        I chose this one because of the boost in power and mid to upper range. It sounds better than my stock neck 490r pickup in SG standard did. It may be wired different 5 vs 2 wires or because this SG now has 500k pots. All the other neck pickups I tried seemed dull and muddy including stock, Duncan and even tried some fat pole. The 490R is very clean and clear and has made my Bipolar SG complete. With the Dirty Fingers in the bridge and this in the neck I can switch back and forth dirty/clean with no volume loss. They also sound great together which is difficult when mixing pickups.

         
        5.0

        Great tone so far.....

        By SG specialist

        from Naples Florida

        Comments about Gibson 490R Original Humbucker Pickup:

        I just bought an SG special with these pickups in both bridge and neck. I adjusted the pickups to be equal volume so I can switch during leads and pluged into both Fender DeVille 2 x 12 amp and Mesa Boogie Mk 3. The tone is more organic than a strat especially when distorted. Jazz, blues, rock and funk sound great so far. The real test is at my gig with my band. I think it's going to be a winner.

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great pickup

        By Yffg

        from Kansas City

        Comments about Gibson 490R Original Humbucker Pickup:

        There is a lot of hype about the 57 classic being so much better than the 490R and I can say with certainty that is false. Neither is better, they are different. The 490 has a bit more midrange than the 57 Classic. That's it. End of story. Some folks have stated that it can get too bassy with heavy distortion. From my experiences I have also found this to be true, to an extent. First off it really depends on the type of distortion. Second off it really does take a lot of distortion until it sounds flabby. Way more distortion than I would ever use. Truth of the matter is, if you're looking for a humbucker to play jazz, blues, funk, reggae, indie, alt rock, classic rock, punk, etc then this pickup will do exceptionally well. If you're trying for heavy rock, metal, grunge, etc then this is probably not the pickup for you. In my Gibson Les Paul the cleans have a great, warm, glistening, glassy sound. With different amounts of overdrive I get anything from Jerry Garcia or Robben Ford to Santana or Dan Auerbach tones. The 498T in the bridge complements it really well. Overall it is a great Gibson humbucker.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best part of my Les Paul

        By Mtl Guitarist97

        from Westbury, New York

        Comments about Gibson 490R Original Humbucker Pickup:

        This pickup is the best part of my Les Paul Studio. It has the best classic rock and clean tone. It has a really great tone when the tone control is rolled off. It's not the highest gain or highest output, but it is a great vintage sounding pickup. It has a great sounding clean sound which is great because my 498 pup almosts sounds like chorus is added to the clean tone. This pup sounds great with a warm sounding guitar like a mahogany guitar.

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Gibson 490R Original Humbucker Pickup

        By brian

        from anchorage, alaska

        Comments about Gibson 490R Original Humbucker Pickup:

        this pickup is very nice for classic rock! I have just put 2 of these pickups on my bridge and neck and wow it sounds so much more better than the stock pickups! But! If your going to play a lot of metal or punk rock than this might be a bad idea because it doesn't have a hot output which when you play metal solos and stuff it lags because its not an hot output pickup! If you want a good pickup for metal than go for seymour or other pickups! But! so far! this pickup rocks!

         
        5.0

        Whooooo

        By John-wYEkS

        from Pennsylvania

        Comments about Gibson 490R Original Humbucker Pickup:

        I bought this pickup for and for the value, it is a fantastic pickup. I put it in a guitar with a SD SH-5 custom and the contrast of sounds is fantastic. The 490R is a warm tone that is very muddy and very good for chords. As of yet I have not played a gig with them but I look forward to their wonderful tone when I do.

        (28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        excellent value for money

        By brendan

        from ny

        Comments about Gibson 490R Original Humbucker Pickup:

        i just put this pickup in my epiphone les paul standard and i must say im blown away by the differnce to the stock epiphone pickup, i would recommend this pickup to anyone who wants to get a better sound from an already decent sounding guitar, its perfect for a classic rock kind of sound and also good for metal and cleaner sounds too.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        490R pickups are okay...

        By Dude wheres My Guitar?

        from Maryland

        Comments about Gibson 490R Original Humbucker Pickup:

        I have one of these in my Gibson SG. They sound alright, but are pretty muddy, I am personally okay with that when I play on it, because I just do powerchords with it. So it kind of works. But over all, its better than most stock pickups you get, so buy one if you like a kind of muddy sound to your chords. I should probably add that it isnt terribly muddy, just a little muddy.

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