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Unread 10-25-2010, 02:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How to identify Gibson pickups??

I posted this on the tech forum page and got no response, so I'll try it here.

How do you identify the "model" of Gibson humbucking pickups? Gibson doesn't mark them in any way that I can see.

I recently bought a 2008 Standard with EMG pickups. The seller included the original Gibson humbuckers. I know the guitar came with a 490 and a 498, but how do I tell them apart? Except for the Gibson name on the bottom, there's no number on them anywhere. If I sell them online, I need to know what's what.

Is this a really stupid question, or have I stumped everyone?

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Unread 10-25-2010, 10:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How to identify Gibson pickups??

The pole pieces on the 498T are aligned a little further apart to accommodate the spacing of the strings at the bridge, which is different than the spacing of the strings at the neck.
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Re: How to identify Gibson pickups??

Ahhh, I didn't think of that. Many thanks! - michael

Even so, you'd think Gibson would mark their pickups in some way. I believe that some Studios came with Burstbuckers and other (earlier?) models came with 490s. There was no way of telling, just by looking at the pickups. No big deal, until you try to buy and sell just the pickups on eBay, or anywhere else. But I guess Fender is the same way ...
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Unread 10-26-2010, 01:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: How to identify Gibson pickups??

You can measure the resistance (OHMS) as a general guide i suppose but i dont know of any readings. Maybe contact screwson and ask them for readings of their pickups.
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I mean Gibson :coolsmiley:
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Unread 10-26-2010, 06:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: How to identify Gibson pickups??

I believe the bridge pickups have a higher output,
though my '57 Plus ( bridge ) sounds quieter than the '57.
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Re: How to identify Gibson pickups??

Another way to tell is usually the bridge pickups have more dc resistance.
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