#1
Hey there,

I have an Epiphone SG G400 Custom (3 pickups). I use it for drop D song in my band, abd whilst it's a nice guitar to play, I feel the pickups are lacking, as many others have said about Epi's.

I was thinking of buying Gibson pickups, such as the 57's or the 490's, as then I'd have the same pickups as in a Gibson SG.

I'm just wondering if anyone has any suggestions, and specifically if anyone has done this before and the feedback they can give.

Thanks!
#2
What sound are you going for? If you have the money i'd suggest trying something a bit better than the stock gibson pickups. I swapped out the 490 in my les paul for some higher end stuff and found a great improvement. If you're only looking at gibsons i'd suggest maybe the tony iommi signature for heavy down-tuned stuff or a '57 or burstbucker for a more classic sound. I'd also suggest looking around Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio etc. to see what you like.
#3
we need to know what you play/what sound you are looking for first
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#4
Okay, forgot to say, sorry!

The stuff I'd be playing is really modern rock, Linkin Park, stuff like that.
#5
look at the pickups bard Delson is using D-sonic Tone-zone and air norton
Guitars
Prs Custom 24
Fender Jaguar
Gibson Les paul standard dc
Ibanez as71

Amps
Peavey xxx
Crate v-32h/cab

Effects
Dimebag wah
carbon copy
evh phase
blackstart ht-duel
holy grail plus
electric mistress stereo
dd-20
#6
Any other opinions?

My style is kinda, vintage mixed with modern. So I was thinking of getting vintage voiced pickups, like in the Gibb SG, and then making it my own using my amp and pedals.
#7
I have Gibson Burstbuckers in my G-400, a 2 in the neck and 3 in the bridge as opposed to the usual 1 in the neck 2 in the bridge. As far as gain is concerned the 2&3 combo is just as hot as a '57 Classic and '57 Classic Plus respectively (Gibson uses the 1&2 combo on most vintage voiced stock gear due to their lower output and more pristine cleans) but IMO the 2&3 has a more focused low end and aren't as shrill as the '57s and most other PAF style humbuckers.

I play a lot of Classic Rock (Cream, Zep, The Doors, etc) which they nail, but they also handle the Grunge and Alternative stuff too (Anything from RHCP, Incubus, and RAtM to Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Soundgarden.) Granted, there are better single coil tones to be used for RHCP and Incubus but that's neither here nor there. All that maters is with the right EQ it wont sound bad. Not perfect but not bad either.

Since you have the 3 pickups version you could put a 1 in the neck, 2 in the middle and 3 in the bridge and have everything at your disposal from cleans to dirt. Keep in mind they're like $90-100 per pickup but sometimes you have to pay up if you want the true Gibson tone.
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DT EX-7
EHX Q-Tron +
EHX Big Muff Pi w/ Tone Wicker
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#8
Quote by androidred0100
I have Gibson Burstbuckers in my G-400, a 2 in the neck and 3 in the bridge as opposed to the usual 1 in the neck 2 in the bridge. As far as gain is concerned the 2&3 combo is just as hot as a '57 Classic and '57 Classic Plus respectively (Gibson uses the 1&2 combo on most vintage voiced stock gear due to their lower output and more pristine cleans) but IMO the 2&3 has a more focused low end and aren't as shrill as the '57s and most other PAF style humbuckers.

I play a lot of Classic Rock (Cream, Zep, The Doors, etc) which they nail, but they also handle the Grunge and Alternative stuff too (Anything from RHCP, Incubus, and RAtM to Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Soundgarden.) Granted, there are better single coil tones to be used for RHCP and Incubus but that's neither here nor there. All that maters is with the right EQ it wont sound bad. Not perfect but not bad either.

Since you have the 3 pickups version you could put a 1 in the neck, 2 in the middle and 3 in the bridge and have everything at your disposal from cleans to dirt. Keep in mind they're like $90-100 per pickup but sometimes you have to pay up if you want the true Gibson tone.


Thanks for the insight man, really helpful stuff!

The way it's looking I'll be using the SG for sorta, Nickelback (I know, don't flame...), Shinedown, and Linkin Park, sothe sort of raw dirty sound with nice cleans. I like the 1 2 3 option quite a lot too. I'll have a good look into them, thanks again man!