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Old 07-24-2009, 09:27 AM   #1
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Question Difference between Epi pickups and Gibson pickups

My Epi SG looks almost identical to the Gibson SG pickup-wise. So I'm wondering...what is the difference between the 2, pickup-wise. Yes, I know Gibsons are the 'real deal' and are of much higher quality, but the pickups don't look that different to me.

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Old 07-24-2009, 09:32 AM   #2
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pickups in general dont look that different lol, its about the quality of materials and the construction, cosmetics dont really come into it.
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:33 AM   #3
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epiphone= muddy and sound crap
Gibson = better but still not the best
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:01 AM   #4
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how do you know they look the same? did you take them apart? Remove and unwind the Bobbins?

Why does it matter what they look like on the outside? What affects the sound is the winding on the bobbins, type of wire, wire gauge, DC resistance, magnet, etc.all stuff that you can't see unless you take it apart and examine it and measure it.

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Old 07-24-2009, 10:49 AM   #5
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Basically, you can and should get better pickups (general rule of thumb, good guitar companies don't make good amps/accessories, and vice versa. There are exceptions to this though).
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:19 PM   #6
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gibson=real deal epi=cheaper knock off of th gibson version other big name pickup manufacturers will be better than gibson though
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:53 PM   #7
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Basically, you can and should get better pickups (general rule of thumb, good guitar companies don't make good amps/accessories, and vice versa. There are exceptions to this though).


Eh, iunno. Gibsons' Burstbuckers are pretty kickass for standard pickups for most of Gibsons' lines. They also used to make pretty kickass bass amps back in the day (so I hear)

Fender makes kickass amps, and are part of the gold standard of guitars. They do make quite a bit of good single coils.

Ibanez makes good guitars and makes outstanding pedals (if nothing else, they made the tubescreamer). Their pickups aren't good though.
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epiphone= muddy and sound crap
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If you raise the height of the pickups on an Epi, they have more treble and sound pretty good. Worth trying before you ditch them
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Gibson pickups are awesome, but expensive.

Epiphone pickups are crap, although the Probuckers are actually very good Burstbucker copies.
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I disagree. It depends on which model of pickup you're talking about. I think a lot of Gibson's pickups are excellent, such as the Burstbuckers, 500T's, Classic 57's and Dirtyfingers. Their P90's are good too.
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