Not that this matters to anyone but I am getting rid of an SG Special w/'61 Burst-Bucker pickup's...and I just got a SG Standard w/490 R&T Pickup's. IMO Gibson has nerve putting 490's in a Standard... I'm not a big fan of the 490's or the '61's and if I had an extra set of '57 Classic's layin around I would put them in the new SG Standard, BUT...I do not.
So, if you could only have 490 R&T's or '61 Burst-Buckers, with or without Covers, which would you choose for your SG Standard ? Why ?
If you have the 61 BB and you don’t like them you should be able to sell/swap with someone. A lot of folks like them.
love 490s. They sound like an SG to me.
I've had various guitars with 490R / 490T, 496R / 500T, 57 Classics, 61s, BB3, P-90s, Mini Humbuckers. None of them caused any discomfort to my ears after adjusting the pup height and tone controls on the amp.
In a Gibson I usually keep whatever pickups they came with and I get very good sounds with a setup and some very small knob adjustments.That said I have a 19 SG Standard with 490s and I have no reason to complain about them.
I have the '61 pickups in a 2020 SG Standard, the 490 R/Ts in a couple of 2019 LP Specials and the '57s in a 2019 ES-335. They all sound a little different from each other, but all sound awesome and are imminently useable on a wide variety of music.
Just not worth the effort to change them out or the time down the rabbit hole trying to fix already great sounds.