#1
Ok, so I have an Epiphone Les Paul Special II I bought at a pawn shop for $100 last year and its actually been a pretty decent guitar. I want to modify it so becomes a little metal beast of a guitar without spending Too much. I'm looking to toss in some seymour duncan pickups, but I'm not which ones give the best metal tone. I also want to add a whammy bar without drilling the body so I'm thinking of getting a Les Trem but would like some honest opinions about it. Any suggestions or opinions?
#2
Put in DiMarzio PAF's. Add a middle single coil pickup. Put a Bigsby on it. Paint It Black(lolpun). Paste some roadkill on it. All of this = AWESOME!


Not the roadkill part though...
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#3
Active pups, to cover up the horrible tone.

I'm normally TOTALLY opposed to actives, but not if it's to cover up a shitty guitar with a shitty tone wood (if you can even call it that)

EDIT: Just to clarify, it's not that mahogany is a bad wood, by all means it's a great one! Just that Epi's Special series uses the worst cuts of it and too many pieces in one body.
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#4
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Put in DiMarzio PAF's. Add a middle single coil pickup. Put a Bigsby on it. Paint It Black(lolpun). Paste some roadkill on it. All of this = AWESOME!


Not the roadkill part though...



DiMarzios might be good although I've never played a guitar that has them yet. How's the tone on those things? I dont like the Bigsby, though. They just dont cut it for me.

Actually that roadkill might look pretty badass!!
#5
Honestly, I had an Epi Les Paul II, and once I get it back I'll remember just how suckish it was

Anyway, I've heard nothing but good about GFS pickups, and they're cheap, but if you have a lot of money go for DiMarzios or Duncans.

Best of luck.

Also you should move the switch to the normal les paul, or cut a hole, and put a non functioning one there just to make it look right

LPII's are like crappy copies of a les paul, but... actually from a les paul company, which is really ironic
#6
I know this probably isn't the color of your guitar, but whatever



That would look awesome
#7
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I know this probably isn't the color of your guitar, but whatever



That would look awesome



Actually that is the color of my guitar and youre right, that does look awesome
#8
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Actually that is the color of my guitar and youre right, that does look awesome


lol i just guessed

black pickups would look kinda cool with a black bigsby. maybe painting over the headstock and getting a special pen and adding your own logo

I hate the les paul logo on these

btw i had a white one. it sucked nuts
#9
New one.

lol I've taken a fancy to your build.

anyway, for pickups, GFS rails would probably sound metal and be like... sex... in pickup form
#10
Is it possible to swap out the tremolo arm on the bigsby for something like a floyd rose trem arm? Also are you using photoshop or something to make those pics?
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http://store.guitarfetish.com/blhotpafhubl.html These aren't GFS but you should get em. They're probably pretty good.

Sorry im posting so much lol



For 30 bucks they're worth replacing the peice of shits on my lp.

I have to be totally honest, dude. I've been playing guitar for a few years and I have no frickin clue what GFS means.

Dont worry about posting so much. The more the merrier, I suppose
#14
If I were you, I'd get a Kahler trem. It isn't a drop-in, but very little routing is needed (and I think they make one now that doesn't need routed? Don't quote me on that though!) and it'll give you much better results than a Bigsby, as in no tuning issues (minus bends) and you can pull up and dive much further. Unless you play with a lot of bends, it's totally worth it.
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#15
GFS is Guitarfetish. it's a brand, so it's not like you HAVE to know it.

anyway, yeah I've heard nothing but good things about them
#16
I was thinking of getting a kahler. But would I be able to do some serious dive bombs with it though?
#18
I dunno, but what I do know is, I love bigsbies and it would look pretty flippin' sweet on a LP.

Just saying
#19
A Stetsbar vibrato is a drop-in replacement and has the same range as a Fender with better tuning stability. Only problem is it'll cost more than twice as much as the guitar.

http://stetsbar.com/stop.tail.html
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#21
gah, this makes me wanna go pick up a special and go flippin insane on it

anyway

you got any pics of it?