My '18 special came with 495 mini humbuckers. People say this about minis : focused, clear, sharp, bright, like in between a p90 and humbucker, but there are actually many version of minis and these 495s do not fit the standard tonal description. These have output resistance of 25k and 16k. They have bar magnets inside of each coil. No string height screws. They are what people call 'firebird' style, but they are not what came in old birds. Everything you play sounds like it's going through an overdrive. It's very hard to play a note that doesn't have a fuzzy halo. This is not a bad sound. They bloom and sizzle with aggressive pick attack, but it's always angry. You can take some bite off with volume roll, but you lose too much volume before you get anything clean and defined. I've owned all kinds of guitars with all kinds of configs and my tastes have settled down to p90 and small tube amps with a natural dynamic tone. Get the amp on the edge of hot and use the guitar volume and a dirty boost for the range. I got bored with muddy humbuckers many years ago. I knew it was a gamble on the mini buckers, but they use a p90 hole which is an excellent safety net! I would have no tears about putting in some p90s, but I do like some aspects of the minis. I have a p100 sitting around that came in my '97 Les Paul special. I love the sound of a p100 in the neck of a mahogany slab. It's my go to noodle tone. It's got a dynamic like a bell or piano, a kind of round note. The p100 was a pickup Gibson made 20 or so years ago that is a stacked humbucker. It looks just like a p90, but in fact it's two coils. One main coil and one dummy coil under it. It's wired in parallel. It works great in the neck, but it does not have enough output for a bridge and everyone in the world swapped the bridge or both for p90s. It's probably the most hated Gibson pickup (because it looks like a p90 but doesn't sound like one), but I find it very useful and musical. I thought I might put the p100 in the neck of the SG and put the lower output neck pickup into the bridge slot and see what that does. Then I remembered that the p100 is parallel coils and the mini 495 pickups are so hot that they would still have decent output in parallel. I ripped out some wires (had already replaced the POS PCB) and tested it out. It sounded ok, so I ordered the parts and did the mod. I've wired buckers to toggle to single coil before and never really liked the sound, but these in parallel sound great to me. It's what I was missing. It's very fender, without the noise. It's very clean, but not limp. All the farty bass and sizzle halo goes away. Now I can take the guitar to where I like to go and also keep the angry series sizzle option in place. I'm calling it a win - for now! Output at the Jack in Series (from my cheap meter) T 25000 R 16000 Both 9800 In Parallel T 6400 R 4100 Both 2500 I used 2 push/pull 500k audio pots from CTS. Those plastic can ones. They just fit in the SG. No room to spare. No room for a washer on the inside to lower the shaft. I had to drill my knobs a bit so they would seat a bit lower. I sanded down the lip of the PCB on the pot to insure it fits in the guitar. I put the toggles on the volume because I use 500K no load tone pots and didn't want to lose those. Wiring for CTS pots: .4 bridges to .2 .C2 green, C1, white .3 black (hot out), .1 red + ground Reverse the black and red for one pickup (combine black with ground and make red hot) unless you want out of phase sounds when combined. Here's the factory spec of the GIbson 495 mini humbuckers. Pickups Rhythm Lead Style: 495R 495T Winds/Coil: Screw side/Slug side: 7,000 8,400 Material of Wire (gauge): Copper (44) Copper (45) Coil Dimensions (per coil): 2.61" x 0.68" 2.61" x 0.68" Coil Material: ABS ABS Coil Winding Process: Machine Wound Machine Wound Pole Piece Material: Nickel plated steel Nickel plated steel Slug Material: Nickel plated steel Nickel plated steel Slug Dimensions (diameter x length): 0.187 x 0.489" 0.187 x 0.489" Magnet Material: Ceramic Ceramic Magnet Position from Nut: 19" 23.125" Magnet Dimensions: 2.5" x 0.5" 2.5" x 0.5" Qfactor: 3.28 2.46 ResistanceDC: 14280.00 Ohms 25250.00 Ohms Resonant Frequency: 3448.71 Hz 2482.71 Hz Bonus Image : Off center holly that prevents me from ever having a sound nights sleep. Twitch.