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Old 08-16-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
Kraig82
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New pickups or new guitar?

I am in the possession of two guitars with stock electronics and hardware, and and looking to upgrade my rig in some shape or form. I have an ESP LTD EC-50 in black and an Ibanez RG370DX in Digital Camo. Though these guitar are arguable built for heavier music, my taste in playing in Classic Rock in the vein of Led Zeppelin and Van Halen, as well as some SRV and the like. My question is whether it is worth it to change the pickups on these guitars or just invest in a new guitar entirely? Pickup suggestions would be greatly welcomed.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:08 PM   #2
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Well, it would be obviously cheaper to slap a pair of pickups in both guitars, than to replace them. If other than sound wise you're happy with them, just change the pickups. Or at least try swapping the pickups on the guitar that you think is warmer sounding for starters.

It wouldn't hurt to back your pickups away from the strings a bit, and adjust the pole pieces to tailor the sound a bit. Experiment a bit, and see what you can come up with.

You could argue that a heavier Les Paul style body might have a bit richer, vintage sound than your 2 axes, but that could also be subjective. Then too, choice of amp, or amp model is going to play a big part as well.

I believe a lot of guys use PAF style pickups for vintage rock. I'm pretty sure your Ibanez pickups are edgier and hotter than those. DiMarziio and Seymour Duncan both make PAF humbuckers.

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Old 08-16-2013, 05:30 PM   #3
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Well what's your amp like anyway?
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:59 PM   #4
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Fender Frontman 212R. Basically, its a 100 watt PA combo in my use as I put all my guitars through a Boss GT-8.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:56 AM   #5
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Roll back volume, turn back up for boost for solo? No expense made and a boost all in one!
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