I am on a budget of about $1000-1500, and within reason of that.
I am currently in a band, playing mainly hard rock and metal styles, with a few small shows lined up and recording coming up soon.
Presently, I own an Epiphone Les Paul Studio guitar. Not the nicest tone, or appearance, and getting kind of sick of it. I'm using a Marshall MG50 amp.
I want to know which choice would be wiser :
1, Go for a new guitar. I'm currently looking at the prospect of an ESP EC-1000.
2, Go for a change in the pick-ups (maybe EMGs?) for my Epiphone, and use the rest of the budget towards a new amp (type to be determined)
Suggestions ?

Bugeras not available around here, and the band encorporates quite a bit of cleans. Hopefully that's helpful , as well.
Last edited by legris73 at Feb 21, 2009,
new amp, 200 for pups, 1300 for amp

try getting a bugera 6262, 333xl or look for a used peavey 6505
Morpheus Droptune
Ibanez Weeping Demon
Bugera 333xl 212
yes yes. If you play more metal core get the 6505 or 6262, but if your into any other stuffs, i would recommend the 333xl. and EMG's are ****. get bareknuckles.
update :
we have quite a bit of cleans in the band music, and bugeras aren't available around here..
6505 ftw. Also if you play cleans are you sure you want EMG's (active) what about some seymour duncans or other passive alternative?
Neck pup - SD Pearly Gates
Bridge pup - SD Custom Custom

Amp - 6505+ or Fender Supersonic

At least that's one direction that would work. So will many others though.

EDIT: WTF's list, XXX, JCM800 or 900, 6505 etc etc etc.
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Last edited by gregs1020 at Feb 21, 2009,
i dont think i 6505 will work for your band. its cleans lack, and the type of gain may be somewhat harsh.
can u give us an example of what kind of tone your looking for (band examples)? and which brands are readily available in your area?
Paul Reed Smith CE22
Fender Spalted Maple HH Tele
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Korg Pitchblack
Boss GE-8 Graphic EQ
Dunlop ZW Wah
BBE Two Timer
Mesa/Boogie Mark IV Combo
Mesa/Boogie Rectifier 212

Quote by devit
new amp, 200 for pups, 1300 for amp

try getting a bugera 6262, 333xl or look for a used peavey 6505

new amp for sure.. then maybe pickups if they're still needed

Mesa F-Series
Peavey XXX
Marshall JCM800 or maybe 900
(teh usualz)
don't get EMG's or a 5150/6505 if you want decent cleans
Ibanez S320 with Dimarzio Fred + Seymour Duncan 59-> Weeping Demon Wah -> Ibanez TS-7 -> Homemade iBoost x3 -> Keeley DS-1 -> Visual Sound H2O -> MXR Ten Band -> Traynor YCV20
Maybe consider a used Peavey JSX combo. I would rather just spend the whole budget to find the right amp, and worry about pickups later. If you find an amp that's right for you, you may find that new pickups aren't that big of a priority anyways.
i would say a triple x/jsx head and a 412.... maybe a marshall 1960v or even..... VADER!!!
or avatar.
Ibanez XPT707 Xiphos
Schecter C-7 Loomis FR

Mesa Boogie Mark III blue dot Coliseum

Mesa Traditional 4x12 v30's x EVM 12l's