#1
hi i wanted to ask a question? well i have a les paul'08 and i am considering to change the original pickups to "Seymour Duncan Alnico II pro humbuckers" i wanted to know what are the the pros and the cons of this pickup and also the pros and cons of the original pickup(Gibson Bustbucker Pro) Thanks for your time
#2
Burstbuckers are great pickups, any reason you want to swap them out? If they have a metal plate over them, you could try taking it off, it usually makes them hotter.
#4
in Fact i was asking because of that i know that slash uses them but i wanted to know what are the pros and the cons of the pickups and what changes in tone etc because i play rock, blues, metal etc.. so i wanted to know some facts before deciding something.
#5
Well they're decent blues pickups... horrid for metal. I'm gonna say Duncan '59 or Jazz in the neck; JB (SH-4), Custom(SH-5)/Custom 5(SH-14), or Distortion (SH-6) in the bridge.
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#6
i say dimarzios X2Ns. but im a metalhead so dont listen to me
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#7
Only get the Alnico Pros if you have a GOOD AMP. They're pretty low output and were meant to rely on the amp. If you don't have a good amp it's just not going to sound as you'd expect. You would be better off keeping the Burstbuckers in if you want hotter output and don't have an excellent amp.
#8
I have alnico II's and they sound fookin' lovely through my pod (which definitely isn't a good tube amp).

I'd still stick with the burstbuckers though.

Top pups they are. Love them to bits.

In fact I'm actually thinking about swapping my duncans out for some.
#9
The BurstBuckers are far better.

Wakisazhi said it all basically. Unless you have a top-quality all-tube amp that is generating all your tone then the Alnico II Pros are worthless. They are only for people who rely on their amp to give them all their tone, if you want natural overdrive or if you use pedals then Alnico II Pros are worthless.
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#10
Yeah. Alnico IIs are ****e unless you have a sweet amp. There are no real cons to the Burstbuckers, though.
Leave the pickups on there, the stock ones are pretty kickass. Save the money for a vintage Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555 if you want a Slash tone. More realisticaly, try a JCM800 or for a more vintage tone, a reissue Plexi.
If you want to change pickups for a sweet tone...
Duncan Antiquitys are pretty good, but maybe a bit pricey. Great PAF copies though. More realistically, the Jazz, '59, Seth Lover Model, Pearly Gates or JB will get you a great classic rock tone, although the former should probably stay in the neck.
And as ever, I think Bare Knuckle are incredible pickups that anybody should look into. The Stormy Mondays really get the Slash tone, although if you want something with more kick, the Mule or Abraxas models will do you nicely.
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hi i wanted to ask a question? well i have a les paul'08 and i am considering to change the original pickups to "Seymour Duncan Alnico II pro humbuckers" i wanted to know what are the the pros and the cons of this pickup and also the pros and cons of the original pickup(Gibson Bustbucker Pro) Thanks for your time

You already have decent pickups, there really is no reason to change them unless you're looking to play stuff that they don't really suit and that doesn't appear to be the case.
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#12
you shouldn't need to change the pickups. you won't sound exactly like slash even if you get the same gear and copy his settings because everyone plays differently and has their own unique sound which can't be copied exactly ("tone is in the fingers" etc).
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.