#1
So I've finally made the move from from SS modelling amps to a tube amp (Blackstar ht5) and my tone is much nicer. However when I play high gain solos I still feel something is lacking, the tone isnt as warm as I'd like it, its a bit weak and thin

I have an Epi LP Custom. Would installing better pickups in it help get the most out of my amp?
#2
Installing new pickups may help slightly but you probably won't get the thick high-gain solo tones you're looking for. Buckethead's rig consists of high-gain amps such as Mesas - pickups alone won't get you the tone you want.

You could try a Tubescreamer-type pedal (Ibanez TS, Maxon OD, Digitech Bad Monkey) to boost your tone and give you a little extra body/sustain.

While we're at it... what EQ settings are you using?
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#3
the epiphone pickups sound muddy so getting better ones would help you get the most out of your guitar and amp
#4
Yh, I'm not a fan of the epi pickups, the neck pup sounds thin and the bridge sounds muddy.
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#5
It would try getting a boost pedal first. Take a look at an Ibanez tubescreamer.
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