Gibson Accessories 490T Modern Classic Pickup - Bridge, Double Black

Gibson Modern Classic 490T Humbucker with Alnico II Magnets and Double Black Coils
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Gibson Accessories 490T Modern Classic Pickup - Bridge, Double Black image 1
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Gibson Accessories 490T Modern Classic Pickup - Bridge, Double Black
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Gibson Pickups!

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 490T, with its bridge spaced pole pieces, is perfectly calibrated to match the 490R, which is spaced for the neck position. Both employ Alnico II magnets for a super smooth frequency response. This one comes with double black coils and no cover.

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Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Alnico
Position Bridge
Number of Conductors 4
Covering Uncovered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number IM90T-DB

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Bread and butter

In my opinion, this is Gibson's best humbucker, and it doesn't ever seem to get the recognition it deserves. I put one of these in my mahogany-topped LP Studio, after having gone through the stock BB Pros and Duncans with mixed results. What the 490t gives me are sweet, sizzling highs, crunchy mids, chewey lows and unbelievable dynamics courtesy the alnico II magnet and just-right coil winds. I hit the strings lightly, and notes breeze though, clean as a whistle. I dig in, and I get grind far out of proportion to the pickup's modest impedance. It lets me play everything from surf to black metal, depending on how I set my amp. I just don't want anything else, and I think every guitar I get here on out is going to be some cheapo LP Special with one of these in the bridge. I mean, seriously.
Music background: 23 years playing everything
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