Arguably simpler yet less reliable (since it is not always the case) is to look at screws vs slugs on the pickups themselves.
The bridge pickup will have screws towards the bridge, whereas the neck pickup will have slugs towards the bridge and screws towards the neck.
Again, this isn't always the case - but with the 500T/496R it almost certainly is as Gibson pairs those as a set. Look at the Gibson logo on the back of the pickup. If the screws are on the bottom when the logo is correctly oriented - that's the bridge. Above, the neck.
There are some pickups with double screws, hex screws, etc. - but for those particular pickups this method should serve you well and saves you from mucking about with the wrapping.