#1
I own a ESP LTD EC-500. Its not the best I know, but it's what I have and I'm satisfied right now, but I don't like the EMG's in it now, because I don't play metal anymore, more Indie/rock/alt.

So I was wondering if its possible to just change out the PUP at the bridge with a new passive Humbucker to try it out.

If I do that will the tone knob still work? Is it even possible to do just one? I Haven't ever switched anything out but I want to learn will this be too hard?

I don't expect all my questions to be answered...just whatever possible would be a big help. Thanks!
#2
it's possible, but awkward (to switch only one). also, the current tone and volume knobs won't work (as far as i'm aware).

why a gibson humbucker? plenty of people make nice humbuckers...
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#3
If you do you'll have to replace the pots because the values are different for passives. You will also want to change the neck pickup otherwise wiring it is going to be difficult.

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it's possible, but awkward (to switch only one). also, the current tone and volume knobs won't work (as far as i'm aware).

why a gibson humbucker? plenty of people make nice humbuckers...


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it's possible, but awkward (to switch only one). also, the current tone and volume knobs won't work (as far as i'm aware).

why a gibson humbucker? plenty of people make nice humbuckers...



If I replace both would they work? If not...then how do I change tone and volume?

...and I'm open to suggestions, what other kinds?

And I'm a noob..........What are pots?
#5
pots are potentiometers, variable resistors basically. it's what your volume and tone knobs attach to.

what's your budget? what's your amp?
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#6
Pots are potentiometers, they're the volume/tone nobs. You will still need new ones if you're going from actives to passives, but they're pretty cheap.

EDIT: Grrr... Damn you Dave, you keep beating me by a minute!
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#8
$200-250 some where around there Unless I need more I prob could.
I have a Crate V-33.

Thanks for all help so far!

Could I change all that out myself?
#9
Oh yeah, it's all just simple soldering and you can look up wiring diagrams on the internet.
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#10
if i were you i would just get like a nice cheap tele, strat, or les paul
than you'd have one for metal and one for other stuff
i guess if you don't play metal than you won't want the guitar, but i don't think it would be cost effective to replace pups
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#11
Cool, so i'd just need to buy the new pots and the PUPS to have everything work like normal right?
#12
Pretty much. What sound are you trying to achieve? I know you said you like rock/alternative but what are some bands that have a sound you like?
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The real problem is that, on the three low stings I have to turn up the treble to get a clear tone, but when I do that it makes the high strings to sharp and trebly, I've spent hours tryin all the possible combinations. I've tried on multiple amps, and it's the pups I assumed.
#16
Dude, edit your posts. It could be the pickups, pickup height, your tone knob not being in a good position, your EQing, lots of things.
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you can do it yourself if you can solder, more or less.
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you can do it yourself if you can solder, more or less.


dave, don't you suggest just getting a new guitar anyway?

a 72 deluxe tele would work i assume
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#20
depends. he'd need to work out if the tone he doesn't like is due to the guitar or the pickups. he should be able to try a ltc EC400/1000 with duncans- that'd be the first thing to do. if he doesn't like that either (granted, the jb is still pretty hot, but not as hot as emgs), then it might pay to start trying some different guitars.
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#21
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it's possible, but awkward (to switch only one). also, the current tone and volume knobs won't work (as far as i'm aware).

why a gibson humbucker? plenty of people make nice humbuckers...

I haven't found a pickup out there that has as much output while maintaining such character as the gibson burstbucker. most high output pickups have hardly any character in my opinion.

also my question is why leave the neck active? if anything, you want the neck to be passive because active pickups just sound like balls for clean.
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