Gibson Accessories 490R Modern Classic Pickup - Neck, Gold

Gibson Modern Classic 490R Humbucker with Alnico II Magnets and Gold Cover
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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 characteristics that are similar to the company's popular '57 Classic, but with a slight increase in the upper midrange. It's 100% pure humbucker, but with a modern edge that delivers a more contemporary tonal range that's perfect for almost any style of music. The 490R, with its neck spaced pole pieces, is perfectly calibrated to match the 490T, which is spaced for the bridge position. Both employ Alnico II magnets for a super smooth frequency response. This one comes with a gold plated pickup cover.

Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Alnico
Position Neck
Number of Conductors 4
Covering Covered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number IM90R-GH

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490r gibson pickup

the idea was to use this to coil split to give alternative tones to my les paul. well got that and a combination of tones that lasts for days. very happy here!!
Music background: hobbyist


The problem with this pickup is that it is a cheap mass produced one. The only positives are that it is relatively cheap and sounds ok clean. Otherwise it's horrendously muddy and clangy. How anyone could like it is beyond me. I experimented extensively with the height of it, trying in vain to get a good tone from it but I was wasting my time. Spend a bit more and get the 57 classic, which is better by a country mile. Stay away from the 490R.
Music background: Hobbyist
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