#1
I have just bought this;

http://www.dawsons.co.uk/epiphone-limited-edition-les-paul-custom-with-emgs

and it is an amazing guitar, sounds chunky with overdrive and gets a real heavy sound to it, however I was thinking about changing the bridge pickup to an EMG 85 instead of the 81 for that change in tone when I change to it, your opinions please?

Also I was considering replacing the other one with a gold EMG 81 aswell, is there a difference in sound between the gold/chrome and the standard ones?
#2
I wouldn't recommend it. You'll get a "chuggier" tone, but you'll lose a lot of clarity, sharpness and definition that makes the 81 great.

I recommend an 85 in the bridge only if you have a really bright guitar (like alder/maple), or if you're looking for a really doomy type tone.
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#4
What is the rest of your setup? Amp/pedals?
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#6
The 81 willl do you fine for chug chug break downs. You may want to play with the eq settings on your amp over a pick up swap. There isn't any tone shift between gold chrome epoxy whatever those are just for looks. Fenders amps aren't really going to give you the sound that you are going for.
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#7
That would explain why you're not satisfied with your tone. Your guitar is excellent for what you want to do. But you're trying to get modern metal out of a rig that is not designed for metal in any way shape or form.

At a bare minimum, spend the money you would have on a new pickup on a pedal like a Hardwire TL-2.

If you have more money to play with, a new amp is in order.

EDIT: Also, your guitar has an 85 in the neck. If you want to know how it sounds in the bridge, all you have to do is switch them around. EMG's are super easy, you just have to unplug them and plug them back up.
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Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
Last edited by Offworld92 at Feb 6, 2012,
#8
A lot of people use the 85 in the Bridge, it doesn't add as much low end as people think, but there is definitely less of the spanky high end. I've been tempted before now to replace my 81 in my 81/60 pair with a 85.
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#9
Thanks, I think I will stick to the 81s for now then I used to play a lot of blues on my strat which is why I have that amp, it has a great clean sound... I am looking on getting an orange amp at some point and I'll have a look at that pedal, thanks
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Quote by Offworld92
That would explain why you're not satisfied with your tone. Your guitar is excellent for what you want to do. But you're trying to get modern metal out of a rig that is not designed for metal in any way shape or form.

At a bare minimum, spend the money you would have on a new pickup on a pedal like a Hardwire TL-2.

If you have more money to play with, a new amp is in order.

EDIT: Also, your guitar has an 85 in the neck. If you want to know how it sounds in the bridge, all you have to do is switch them around. EMG's are super easy, you just have to unplug them and plug them back up.


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