I've always played Fenders, teles mostly, but thought that I'd venture into the world of Les Pauls. The bridge pup is a 498 Alnico and the neck pup is a 490. I'm not sure what that means, but they seem pretty hot and bright. It was an even 9 lbs. on my digital postal scale. I'm getting a pretty woolly sound out of it through my Komet 60 which I think is made for humbuckers. It's wild!