Poll: Pickup or amp?
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View poll results: Pickup or amp?
New Pickups
2 4%
New Amp
54 96%
Voters: 56.
#1
Alright my basic setup for gigs is a Digitech RP350 through a Kustom acoustic amplifier. I've always used that and haven't really felt the need to get a real electric guitar amp. But the band I'm in is really starting to get serious with our music and have recently entered a national contest (http://www.countryshowdown.com/default.php) and have won the first level. My dad is starting to get on board with this whole thing and wants to help me buy an amp. But the thing is, I'm not sure if I want to buy a new amplifier. I mean, it would be good to get an actual electric guitar amplifier, but I'm happy with the one I have now. Maybe I'm not seeing the advantages of having a real electric amp, but I just don't feel the need to spend $300 on a Fender Super Champ. I would like, however, to install some new pickups in my guitar, something that has some bite to it, such as an Angus Young Signature Pickup. Right now all I have is the stock pickups in my Tradition s20 LP. They actually don't sound bad, but I'd like to have some commercial pickups. But all in all, do I even need any of this stuff? Would it be a wise choice to go with a new amp or a better choice to go with new pickups?

Help would be much appreciated.

#2
What styles of music do you play????

In terms of amplifiers, I really like the Fender Super Champ XD, but it all depends on your styles of music. An amp would make a bigger impact on your sound than a pickup swap, yet the amp you have right now may already be pretty decent, i don't know.

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#3
i would recommend and amp first. if it's bite you're looking for you won't get that through an acoustic amp. Having said that a superchamp won't be that much better than your current amp so you won't be getting that much more sound quality, just a different sound. It;s a tricky one, choosing between sound quality and sound. I would personally go for sound in this case though, you'll probably inevitably have to do both though.
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#4
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What styles of music do you play????

In terms of amplifiers, I really like the Fender Super Champ XD, but it all depends on your styles of music. An amp would make a bigger impact on your sound than a pickup swap, yet the amp you have right now may already be pretty decent, i don't know.


Southern rock, texas country, blues, that kind of thing.
#5
An amp has more effect on tone and gain than the pickups. I'd say only replace the pickups if they are the wrong output for your style, or being bitches.
#6
Buying new pickups won't give you much of a bite unless you have the right gear to allow it to do so. Acoustic amplifiers are bassy and mellow - the opposite to "bite". But with $300, the amp choices that are suitable for gigging and texas blues is pretty low. So the used market may be your best option. Are you willing to follow that route? If you don't feel comfortable with that, I really don't know what to suggest.
#7
What is the most you're willing to spend on an amp? Because it's clear that you should get an amp before new pickups.
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#8
Amp. Pickups do affect the sound, but not as much as the amp. Mediocre pickups with a good amp will sound good, while good pickups through a mediocre amp will sound mediocre at best.
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#10
Amp.

The amp should always be the base of your sound. The guitar doesn't really affect your tone that much, so you shouldn't worry about switching pickups just quite yet.
Trust me, I've gone through about 3 or 4 different amps, and my tone has changed A LOT with each one... I;ve only once changed my pickups, but it didn't really change my tone too much.

A great amp can always make a mediocre guitar sound decent. So go for a new amp.

EDIT: Oh yeah, my very first amp was a tiny SS 10 watt acoustic amp. Once you get your first amp that's meant for an electric guitar, you'll realize what you've been missing out on.
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#11
New pickups aren't going to really do anything through that setup.

Get a new amp.
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#12
New amp will nearly always have a greater impact on your tone than pickups will.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Feel free to express yours so I can make an informed judgement about how stupid you are.
#13
Well, like everyone said, get a new amp, no matter what picups you use, an acousticc amp will always sound sterile with an electric guitar
#14
ALWAYS get a new amp before pickups

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ALWAYS get a new amp before pickups

Right thread this time?!
What if you had a Framus Dragon or a Diezel VH4?
#16
Quote by jc349
What styles of music do you play????

In terms of amplifiers, I really like the Fender Super Champ XD, but it all depends on your styles of music. An amp would make a bigger impact on your sound than a pickup swap, yet the amp you have right now may already be pretty decent, i don't know.


This is an incredible amp. I bought one last year as a bedroom amp but it made its way into my touring rig. It has many useable sounds and a very very nice clean tone. The only con with this amp is that it doesnt have a "Mid" knob.
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#19
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ALWAYS get a new amp before pickups

Right thread this time?!


How did you put this in that "what do i need" thread anyway? I don't see how that could've happened
#20
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What if you had a Framus Dragon or a Diezel VH4?

Then I'd sell it and buy a 65amps monterey before I got new pickups.
#22
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How did you put this in that "what do i need" thread anyway? I don't see how that could've happened

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Then I'd sell it and buy a 65amps monterey before I got new pickups.
i've yet to try 65amps.