#1
Hey Guys,

Let me just start by saying I'm new to these forums, this is my first post.

Anyways, I am looking at buying a used 1956 Epiphone Les Paul Gold Top Reissue with p90 pickups. I have read that the neck pickup is sweet and full and that the bridge is kinda weak.

The solution I have come up with is to swap out the bridge p90 for another. The three opptions I have found are a Seymour Duncan SP90-1, a Seymour Duncan STK-P1 (both passive, the SP90-1 is single coil, the STK-P1 is a humbucker) or and EMG pP60A (active p90 with Alinico Magnets). I have also come across a schematic to have an active pup in the bridge and a passive in the neck...

I have no intention of changing the neck pickup if it is as good as I have read...

I would like this guitar to be a good jazz/funk/maybe even a little rock rhythm guitar. (all styles would be for rhythm but would like to be able to turn it up for the occasional solo) I have an Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty which I like the lead tones from so that isn't an issue. I would also like to keep the original p90 look.

I would like your guys' opinions on which pickups i should use...

Thanks in Advance
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#2
I've got one and I love it. One thing you may notice is that the bridge pup is a little on the weak side, that is mainly due to it being much lower than the bridge. I am going to be switching out all of my electronics soon and then for the pups I am going to put in some Lindy Franlins.
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#3
So, could you raise the pickup or lower the bridge and get more output from it?
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Epi Les Paul Black Beauty
Iby JS-100
Takamine G406S

Marshall MG15MSII
Traynor YCV50B

AB>Crybaby Standard>TU-3>DS-1>DS-2>ML-2>ZW-44>B.O.R.

EHX LPB-1>Phase 90>Milkshake Chorus

"Keep on rockin' in the free world"
#4
Yeah but if you raise it too much the sound will suffer and so will the sustain.
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#5
Perhaps you could use something like an MXR Micro Amp to raise your bridge output.

Or better yet... buy a new amp. Playing through a DS1 into an MG is going to sound pretty similar no matter what you plug in. Unless that's just your practice rig and you play different amps somewhere.
#6
Get a better amp first.
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#7
Go the Neil Young route: Put a mini humbucker in the bridge.

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#8
Um, thanks for the suggestions,

I don't really want to put in a mini amp...I just don't see the value to it other than another electronic component that can fail when I don't want it to.

As for my rig, it is just my practise rig (not that I really play anywhere to have a performance rig) but it usually only consists of my amp because I like the distortion there better, but I can still get decent and a variety of tones out of it (Ozzy to Slash just by changing pick ups). As for the volume side of things, I perfomed with it once and it stood up to a JCM 900 4100 (100 watt half stack) no problem at all (then again it wasn't a full on rock concert either).

I also don't want to buy a new amp because I am trying to build a guitar for Jazz Band at school in which I am the rhythm player and the amp is supplied (yes, its a piece of junk keyboard amp...) and I have no control over which amp I use there.

So for my purposes most of the sound has to come out of the guitar (pick ups, or one pedal I can take) and I am just not quite sure how to go about doing it.

Incase you have forgotten, I am looking for a brigdge pickup that will be good for rhythm, still turn up for a good solo AND fit in a p90 routed space.

Thanks
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Epi Les Paul Black Beauty
Iby JS-100
Takamine G406S

Marshall MG15MSII
Traynor YCV50B

AB>Crybaby Standard>TU-3>DS-1>DS-2>ML-2>ZW-44>B.O.R.

EHX LPB-1>Phase 90>Milkshake Chorus

"Keep on rockin' in the free world"