2020 SG Standard Pup Question

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  1. UTGrad

    UTGrad Member

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    I got me a 2020 Standard in ebony and it is sweet and light! I want to confirm that the bridge pup is a 490 T per specs vs a 498 T? On FB a guy is swearing the 490 T is a typo from Gibson and its a 498.

    Also are folks happy with the bridge pup in the 2020 standard? Its fine to me but I would like a little more compression like I would get from a SD Whole Lotta Humbucker. I'm wondering what would be a great bridge pup for new 2020 Standard that would give me that Angus or Zeppelin tone.
     
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    Anybody
     
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    I swear by the Seymour Duncan 69s, but for Led Zeppelin I'd probably pick up a telecaster instead. The two tones you mention, being Angus or Led Zeppelin, are to my ears a million miles apart. Before changing any of your pickups I would start by having a look at what you're plugged into.
     
  5. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    on this forum we have a whole section on pickups.
    read and enjoy all the opinions there...

    To answer your question about stock p'ups on an SG Standard 2020
    ...look at Gibson's website
    https://www.gibson.com/Guitars/Collection/Original

    There seem to be several variations in Gibson SG Standards.
    The SG Standard '61 (which has no trem) is equipped with Gibson's
    "Burstbucker '61" set. I know nothing about those... for decades the Gibson
    SG Standard (AND the Les Paul Standard) were equipped with Gibson's
    490R and 498T pickup set. Those got a lot of bogus flak from Gibson bashers
    but at the same time there were tens of thousands of them in service with
    guitarists everywhere, rocking and rolling with no problems.

    my first suggestion to you is to play the hell out of your new SG
    and listen very carefully, so you get an idea of what she can do as issued.
    The Gibson SG Standard is one of the best guitars Gibson makes, and the pickups
    installed are there for a reason. Compression is something you can add with a pedal
    which is a lot less expensive than butchering your new Gibson. Many modern amps
    have compression as one of the controls, so once again: use what's on your amp
    before you consider modding your pickups.

    To answer your question about how best to achieve tones you hear from Angus Young and/or
    Jimi Page, I would say, "don't fuss about the tones delivered by super stars, just try and sound
    like yourself." You'll never sound like Led Zep if you play an SG, because Jimi Page never played
    one (that I saw). And you might never sound like Angus because he owns a collection of several
    hundred SGs... and in addition he employs numerous expert sound engineers to manage his tone...
    so he can run faster and jump higher knowing that his employees are making him sound like he
    did when he rehearsed the band and made his decisions about his tone. Angus works it all out
    in rehearsal and then executes brilliantly onstage. His tone is a blend of the efforts of many.

    I wouldn't attempt to duplicate what Angus achieves with all of that.
    I'd just play your heart out to the best of your ability and trust to the quality
    of your equipment and the skills you have developed...you'll do fine.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    For years, the 490R / 490T combo was stock on the humbucker-equipped SG Specials and the 490R / 498T combo was stock on SG Standards.

    To verify your bridge pup, if it measures around 13K, then it”s a 498T and if it measures around 8K then it’s a 490T.
     
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  7. UTGrad

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    Thank you all. Gibson put the 490T in the bridge on the 2020 standard vs the 498.
     
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  8. catstudioguitars

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    2019 and 2020 Standard have 490t/490r iirc
     
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    If the guitar you have has the 490t I would check the pots . If they are 300k I would swap those out before swapping out pickups. Gibson has been putting 300k with those pickups for some reason.
     
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    shreddy bender Well-Known Member

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    If they are 490's I love the sound ! Very T top like to my ears. Here's an example of an SG Special Faded with 490's and a Bassman on 6 and a ProCo Rat on the chorus.
     
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    Classic rock sound!
    I love 490’s.
     
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