#1
I have an epiphone les paul special two which i deeply love. And after finding out some heartbreaking news and not being able to get a new guitar, ive decided to make this the best it can be. But do you guys think its worth it? New switch, pots, pick ups, machine heads, and nut. Thats the plan. Ive figured itll be around $260 usd. Ive had it professionaly set up and love the way it plays and feels. And 260 is about the most im going to be able to spend on this. Id just hate to upgrade all this stuff and there be little to no difference.
#2
Try some GFS pups.
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How about the tuners? Are they good or not?

What kind of Epi Les Paul is it?

The tuners are great. Keep it in solid tune, but thats what i meant with machine heads, i may not change them itll knock off a good 50 bucks. And its a Special II
#5
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You're just polishing a turd if you do. I have the same guitar. I put a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge and it just sounds, in short, like ****.

So don't do it. Just hang out for a little bit and deal until you can get a new guitar.

Well i got a "Jem" i guess. I bought mine at Gibsons shop in nashville and it has amazing quality. NOTHING like the ones i see at any other music shop. But theres nothing that wrong with it. Basswood body, bolt on neck. not to bad.


Edit* sorry for the double post!!

Double Edit* ive already got my pick ups chosen. Im pretty sure im gonna stick with them. (Seymour Duncan Sh-2 and Sh-4)
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#6
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The tuners are great. Keep it in solid tune, but thats what i meant with machine heads, i may not change them itll knock off a good 50 bucks. And its a Special II


If they stay in tune don't change them out.
And like i said try some GFS pickups. I'm going to buy some power rails for my SG.
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#7
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Well i got a "Jem" i guess. I bought mine at Gibsons shop in nashville and it has amazing quality. NOTHING like the ones i see at any other music shop. But theres nothing that wrong with it. Basswood body, bolt on neck. not to bad.


Sounds like every other Special II.

Don't do it, dude. It won't be worth it.

If you're really dead set on it, post some clips and pics and whatnot.
#8
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If they stay in tune don't change them out.
And like i said try some GFS pickups. I'm going to buy some power rails for my SG.


Just put some power rails in my Gibson Les Paul Special.
They sound better than the stock gibson pickups but they have a lot more bass. I think i'm going to switch to 1meg pots. Good pickups overall.
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#9
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I have an epiphone les paul special two which i deeply love. And after finding out some heartbreaking news and not being able to get a new guitar, ive decided to make this the best it can be. But do you guys think its worth it? New switch, pots, pick ups, machine heads, and nut. Thats the plan. Ive figured itll be around $260 usd. Ive had it professionaly set up and love the way it plays and feels. And 260 is about the most im going to be able to spend on this. Id just hate to upgrade all this stuff and there be little to no difference.
Start with the stuff in bold and replace the piece of garbage output jack, too.

If the guy who did the setup for you did a nice job on leveling/crowning/polishing the frets, it probably plays well.

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The tuners are great. Keep it in solid tune, but thats what i meant with machine heads, i may not change them itll knock off a good 50 bucks. And its a Special II
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#10
i have an epi les paul custom and swapped the stock pickups with seymour duncans SH-1 '59 and a SH-4 JB, and it sounds awsome, and plays great, its deffinately worth upgrading it, and saves a bunch of money!

good luck with it, you wont be dissapointed
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If they stay in tune don't change them out.
And like i said try some GFS pickups. I'm going to buy some power rails for my SG.



THERE POWER RAILS ARE GODLY IN THE NECK OF A SG! (Had some in mine, never tried the bridge, but it was super great) So yeah, but IDK if I would go full out seymour duncans on it, but I would look into GFS's stuff, they sell nice stuff, so you can customizine your LP special, and save money so you can save up your money for something.. with a set neck. Or whatever you want.
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#12
save the money, or use the money to buy a used guitar on craigslist.

like someone else said, its like polishing a turd.

don't waste your money
#13
If you can spend $260, then you can get a used LP Standard and work from there as time goes on. Unless you have some real sentimental value to this guitar, I would just move on.
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#14
No offense to the one or two of you in here who know what you're talking about, but maybe he wants to upgrade this one and not buy a new guitar. If this guitar is comfortable for the TS, then it'll be much better to upgrade this one rather than buy a new one.

TS, look into GFS pickups. Their parts aren''t great, but their pickups are perfect for a budget refurb. For everything else, www.allparts.com has great stuff and nuthinbuttrubl8 (Phil) has a discount of you're in North America, and SkeetUK has the discount for UK'ers.
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No offense to the one or two of you in here who know what you're talking about, but maybe he wants to upgrade this one and not buy a new guitar. If this guitar is comfortable for the TS, then it'll be much better to upgrade this one rather than buy a new one.

TS, look into GFS pickups. Their parts aren''t great, but their pickups are perfect for a budget refurb. For everything else, www.allparts.com has great stuff and nuthinbuttrubl8 (Phil) has a discount of you're in North America, and SkeetUK has the discount for UK'ers.


I'm not sure why you feel the need to try to degrade others in your post. The OP clearly mentions he wanted to buy a new guitar. Some of us (with the exception of the one or two brilliant ones) are just giving the OP different options in case he wasn't aware of how much $260 can get you nowadays - even new.
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#17
Well the guitar i was going to buy was $500 so im still saving up for it later But i wont be able to buy it this year thats why im upgrading
#18
Ahh your making more since, like we said, GFS, and others have great iteams. GFS has good pick ups for the price,
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#19
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Ahh your making more since, like we said, GFS, and others have great iteams. GFS has good pick ups for the price,


Ok ill check them out.

And to the guy saying replace your output jack, its already done. Had it done when i got it set up!!
#20
GFS are budget pickups and sound like budget pickups

you can upgrade this guitar if you want but when you get a new guitar, all the money you've put into this one will have been pretty much wasted. Just keep that in mind. GFS's are ok for a budget guitar or project guitar, but I would never put them into a higher end instrument.
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#21
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GFS are budget pickups and sound like budget pickups

you can upgrade this guitar if you want but when you get a new guitar, all the money you've put into this one will have been pretty much wasted. Just keep that in mind. GFS's are ok for a budget guitar or project guitar, but I would never put them into a higher end instrument.


I have the same guitar with the same problem(replacing crapped stock pick-ups)..this is my first electric though, so im not in any hurry to replace it or anything. I was thinking about GFS power rails for neck and bridge...but i has anyone tried Dream P90's i wanted to know if there anygood..
#22
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You're just polishing a turd if you do. I have the same guitar. I put a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge and it just sounds, in short, like ****.

So don't do it. Just hang out for a little bit and deal until you can get a new guitar.

Your saying that in this forum?
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