#1
well with the vintage being made of mahogany with a maple top, if you put gibson hardware, would the vintage sound the same as the gibson?

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#2
no it would not gibson use higher grade woods than vintage and since the wood effects the sound you get you would not get the same sound as a gibson
#3
they sound pretty good anyway. the stock ones with the worn finish play really well - better than the equivalent ones actually which i was surprised at. didn't think thered be any difference.

the hardware wont make a huge amount of difference to the sound as such, and im not convinced that it would fit, a lot of the copies have different measurements. quick pickup change would be all you really need though - tuner change and a nut change too would be useful.
#4
Your hardware won't affect your tone that much. You can mod it up, but the Vintage probably won't ever sound quite as good as a Gibson. I recommend new pickups, possibly Gibson pickups. I think the best option would be to save up for a new guitar though. What kind of amp are you playing out of?
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#5
the only thing Gibson hardware wopuld do would be to increase the tuning stability. But the Wilkinson brand stuff that comes on it is alright and though Gibson hardware is good it is very high price.

If you can justify it then go for it, i know one person who put a Gibson TOM and tailpiece on a Vintage and it worked but his is quite old so im not sure if their build has changed since early 90s

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#6
Oh no! Not Gibson muck. Schaller is far better hardware for the likes of bridge and tailstop. What I've heard of V100's they sound PDG anyway. Wilkinson pups are very nice, as are the tuners. Gibsons vary a bit in tone from guitar to guitar as all brands do. Much more of the tone comes from the amp and pedals anyway, so there is quite an overlap in the ranges of Real ones and Vintage 1/10 the price ones. A much bigger difference is in the finish you can expect. A Vintage won't feel like a good Gibson Les Paul, but I understand its likely to be a lot closer than most Epiphones.
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#7
yeah if i got one i was probably just going to put a set of swinesheads, grovers and a graphtech nut
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#9
lol are they good then? for the money of course
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#11
yeah i thought so, the hardware looks decent, and its mahogany and set neck, you cant really go wrong with that for £200
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#12
i played the peter green relic one and it played damnnn good
sounded ecent too not mmuddy at all like epis
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#13
If you have the money for upgrades, skip the V100 entirely and go to the Vintage Advance series. Higher grade wood and better core construction (two things you can never upgrade), plus better stock hardware and electronics plus it's got a small thumb cutaway for better upper fret access.

The Vintage Advance LP copy will cost less than and be better than a V100 + upgrades.
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#14
But would a vintage, with some pup upgrades be better than epiphone?
I'm thinking f buying one too, or maybe the SG from vintage. Or would it be better to take a g400 and upgrade that to gibson pups?