Gibson 490R : Anonymous 's user review

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How long you use it?

I am installing this on a pair of Gibson Epiphone Les Paul Standard 7 months ago.

Did you tried many other models before buying it?

Before this pair of gibson, I previously had the opportunity to test the conventional EMG (81, 85, 80, 60) that I was not convinced at all (its too cold, trod right, too clean) and other microphones without renown. I always had a soft spot for THE sound gibson. With this pair, my wish has been realized.

What is so special that you love the most, least?

Let's start with the positives (which are subjective of course).
I like the sound first sharp, incisive of 498T, and, for the 490R, the warm, round, though muffled, but that is an indisputable clarity. These are really typed vintage microphones with their own personality. Personally, I can not imagine the 490R with a microphone other than the 498T (that is to say their complementarity).
What I like least is probably slightly muffled sound of the 490R, but now I quibble, it's really to find fault.

How would you rate the quality / price?

I paid € 150 per pair in the largest German retailer in the world. I do not particularly unreasonable prices while prices of Gibson guitars, which they really are. My Epiphone was transformed with these two mics, and I do not see why I debourserais € 2000 for a Gibson. So the value for price is right I think.

With experience, you do again this choice?

Now that I have this lovely pair (we're talking microphones gentlemen, nothing else), I am more than happy. However, I'd go throw an ear on the side of Burstbucker or P57 ... history of a pleasant change, but I never venderais the 490 and 498, they tear really.

Note that I plays in a fairly wide going from blues to black metal, demonstrating the versatility of the pickups. Then you have the amp behind and everything else ...