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All user reviews of 4/5 for the Gibson 490R

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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 8 reviews )
 4 reviews50 %
 3 reviews38 %
 1 user review13 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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King Loudness04/30/2011

King Loudness's review"Nice versatile pickup set."

Gibson 490R
I purchased a Yamaha Pacifica 120SD that is essentially a Telecaster style guitar with an alder body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, and hardtail construction that was loaded with a set of Gibson 490R/498T humbuckers by a previous owner. They were my first good quality pickups that I'd owned so it was a revelation coming from cheaper OEM humbuckers.

I would say they're a medium output pickup set, which on paper looks to be a very versatile pairing for many different styles of music. I've always thought that they were a decent pair for sure.

The neck pickup (490R) is a very nice sounding neck humbucker with a nice lush sounding low end and a decent sparkle in the top end as well. It sounded best for jazz type sounds I found (using a clean tube amp) but I also enjoyed them for a slightly Hendrix esque sound with a mild fuzz and a cranked tube amp. Obviously they don't sound like true single coils or anything but I found that the neck pickup had a nice shimmer that took the tones one step closer to that sound.

The bridge pickup is a nice reasonable output pickup that does everything from Clapton to Van Halen fairly well and I dig that versatility. It doesn't quite have that top end that the neck pickup has, but it does have a nice punchy low end and some good strong midrange frequencies that sit very well in a band mix. Cleans have a very full bodied tone overall and the drive tones are really spongy and cool sounding, kind of like playing through a browned out amp. I do prefer the 57 Classic set over these, but for a slightly higher output set of pickups, I was fairly impressed with these. If given the choice over again, I would opt for the 57 Classics, as I feel they're the best pickups that Gibson makes, but considering I bought the guitar used with the pickups pre-installed, I guess there wasn't much choice in the matter!

All in all I felt that these were decent sounding pickups that worked well for a wide variety of styles. Definitely worth a look!

Makak12/07/2005

Makak's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson 490R
I use it for one month Maitena.
Well this microphone is OK but does not catch it here I is not but what I wanted.
The ratio quality price is right I got it on the net !!!^^
If not I would do not have that choice or at least so far.
Sushi07/24/2005

Sushi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson 490R
Microphones used since November 2004.
Very good microphone for his full, the big crunch to distortion. Wide range of sounds if you play with the knobs for volume and tone. The 490R (alnico II) also sounds very well in his plans clear to jazz-funk. The 498T (alnico V) is less attractive against a clean sound (though it depends on personal taste ...).
Overall, they are good mics with a good quality / price ratio.