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Old September 17th, 2017, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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SG 498T into les Paul?

Hey guys and gals,

I'm buying a really well built high end Edward's les Paul guitar and I'm wanting to put a 498T bridge pickup in it. I have a question though, if the pickup is out of a Gibson SG, will it give it a different sound compared to buying a 498T pickup out of a Gibson les Paul? Like is the guitar shape and stuff the only thing that makes the 498T pickup sound different in the 2 guitars or is the actual pickup made differently?


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Old September 18th, 2017, 05:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to Gibson Talk. Shape has nothing to do with sound but rather the wood. SGs are all mahogany, whereas a LP is mahogany with a maple cap. The maple brightens the sound.

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Old September 18th, 2017, 05:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No problem

498T is just the designation of the pickup. It will fit fine and is a higher gain type than 490R & 490T.
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Old October 1st, 2017, 02:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Two real Gibson LP's might sound different with the same sure there will be some sound difference. Doesn't mean it's bad though.
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Old October 5th, 2017, 03:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Some of the difference in the sound of identically prepped SG vs LP is the body mass, but much of it is also pickup location.

They are both 24 3/4 scale, but look at where the neck pickup is. On a LP, it is right up against the fretboard. On most SGs, there is a big gap between the neck pickup and the fretboard.

The bridge pickup is a little closer to the bridge on most SGs as well.
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