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Old September 14th, 2018, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Studio special pups

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I just received a new LE Studio special. No setup or fit/finish problems at all! It is staying in tune. It has the 490r and 498t pups. I am surprised at how very bright they are! I guess they are ceramic, and hotter than vintage? So any experience with them out there, and are yours so bright? How to fix maybe? It sustains very well too, just lacks any warmth. Ideas? Thank you!

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Old September 16th, 2018, 05:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a set of those mounted in my favorite SG, and they are great. They are definitely not too bright for me, and I'm pretty sure they are A5 magnets. Have you been unable to compensate for the tone you want with your amplifier's controls?
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Old September 16th, 2018, 07:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Roll the volume back to about 8 on the bridge pickup and starting with the tone at 0, roll up the tone until you find what you like. The 498t is hotter than the 490 and many players would say it is the iconic Les Paul lead sound. Height adjustment can affect the tone of pickups.
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