#1
I got the stock epiphone alnico pickups in it right now... would adding the gibson 57 plus and classic to it really make a difference in tone and sound?
#2
I have the same pickups in my sg and yes that would make a big difference in the tone I would imagine. What style of music do you play?
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#3
Yes, it would really improve the sound quality. Heck, almost anything would be better than the Epiphone stock pickups. (I own an Epiphone goth g-400 so I do have experience with them.)

Edit: Lol! The guy above me has the same guitar...
#4
Ha yea I noticed that too. I just got it a couple weeks ago.
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Peavey Classic 50
EHX Metal Muff
Cry Baby 535Q


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#6
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yeah i got the g 400 lol. yeah i play alot of metal, but i dont want emgs... i hate using batterys lol.


First of all, if you're putting Gibson pups IN a guitar, you should do more research.

Secondly, if you want to put PAF style pickups in your guitar to play metal, you should do more research.

Don't buy pickups for the sake of buying pickups. Do you know how the 57 classics are gonna change your tone?

Oh, and what amp do you have?
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#7
I would get some seymor duncans instead.
New Setup:
Epiphone Les Paul Custom (Black SG w/ 3 Hum.)
Peavey Classic 50
EHX Metal Muff
Cry Baby 535Q


"I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to"
Jimi Hendrix
#8
Randall RX120 Full Stack. Im not buying em for the sake of buying em. The stocks get really muddy. What kind of pick ups would you reccommend if not gibson?
#9
You'll probably need hotter pickups than the 57s for metal.

Look into dimarzio and duncan pickups.

I won't go any further, I'm not an expert when it comes to metal tone.
#13
The commonly used JB/Jazz combo is very versatile. There many others though, I just vouch for that one.
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#14
As far as the Gibson Classics/Classic Plus go:
The stock pickups in Epiphones are made to the same design as the Gibson '57 Classic and Classic Plus pickups. If you replace the stock Epi pickups with the Gibson versions, the build quality is going to be a bit better and you should get a slightly clearer tone, but that's it. Through many amps (especially fi you play with any effects) you won't tell the difference.

Additionally, Gibson pickups are horrendously overpriced. The only ones worth buying are their P-90s and their BurstBucker #1/#2/#3 series, simply because there aren't any other pickups on the market that are close to those (unless you go to a private maker and have some specially wound for you)



As far as playing metal goes:
It's silly to say certain pickups don't have a high enough output for metal, because most people playing metal get their distortion from pedals or from using the amp's own gain control, it's very rare to see metal players only using their pickups to overdrive the amp hard enough, so high output pickups are usually wasted anyway.
You only need high-output pickups if you've got a naturally high-gain amp, you're not using pedals, you're not using the amp's own gain control, and you're fully cranking the amp as hard as it will go - this includes volume, which basically means for all you 'bedroom heroes', you're never going to get anywhere near close to this kind of set-up.



Is it worth you sticking the Gibson pickups in that Epi? Probably not, but not for the reasons given so far. They just won't be anything of a tonal change.
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#15
^ i disagree, "metal" pickups (good ones, anyway, a lot suck, granted) are voiced for metal and are a lot tighter than pickups not voiced for metal.
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#16
I have the G-400 Goth also, its pickups arent bad. But Id rather have EMGS, or D'marzio super distortions
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