#1
hey guys.
so i got an Epiphone Dot the other day, and i love it. The neck pup is great, it gives off a very deep, dark dirty/gritty sound, although sometimes can be muddy. I'm not a huge fan of the bridge pup though, it seems very harsh and trebley for my liking.
anyway, my point is - any advice on pup upgrades? I've heard that Gibson Dirty Fingers pups are good for getting a deep gritty sound without being too muddy, would this be a good idea?
also, how complicated are they to install? The Dot has humbuckers, and since it is a 335 style guitar and i'm not very experienced at this kinda stuff it may be a bit too hard to do myself..
i love all my blues (John Lee Hooker, BB King, SRV, Hendrix) as well as my rock (The White Stripes, The Black Keys, AC/DC, Led Zep) and would probably be aiming more for the rock area tonewise, if that's at all any help?
2009 Epiphone Dot Natural
Vox VT100 Valvetronix
#2
The Dirty Fingers sound good with some distortion, but i've heard the cleans leave some to be desired. Check out Seymour Duncan pups, maybe a JB-4 or a Pearly Gates in the bridge. You may want to have a technician install the pickup if you've never changed pickups before, since it is a thinline; the last time we pulled the pups out of my brother's dot it turned into one hell of an ordeal to get everything reinstalled. Then again, there was a certain amount of inexperience going that time. It's not as simple as installing pickups in a solidbody; you'll need to solder almost everything together outside the guitar, and then work through the f-holes to reinstall everything. It's not a big deal, but the first time can be a little overwhelming.
#3
thanks for the help, i'll check them out.
at the moment i'm looking at some SH-1 '59s, they're looking pretty good..
i'm finding myself using my neck pup for most of my blues work, so if i replace this one it'll most likely be used for rock. i just really dislike the thin trebley tone i'm getting at the moment.

anyway, thanks, you've got me on the right track.
2009 Epiphone Dot Natural
Vox VT100 Valvetronix