#1
I'm thinking of putting new pickups in my ESP LTD EC200QM (EMG 81/85). How much of an improvement will this make in tone over the stock pickups?

Is it worth doing on the EC200, or should I consider trading up for a better guitar?

Thanks
#2
what is your amp?
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#4
I have an Epi LP Custom with an EMG 81/85 in and they give a great sound if you want to play more metal style which I presume you do if you own an ESP :') if you like the feel of the guitar then I say stick with it.. and if you want to get a nicer cleaner tone and a thicker distorted sound then go for the EMGs... or if you want to get a new guitar I advice you look at the Epiphone LP Custom midnight with EMGs, I just bought the one with a maple neck and it's amazing
#5
I strongly recommend against putting EMG's through a 1 watt amp. You're going to get clipping out the ass.

What kind of tones are you looking for? I'm assuming metal, in which case I suggest getting a new amp first, instead of trying to compensate with high output pickups.
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#7
how bout a different cab?

that windsor cab is absolute junk (I have one too... its a table right now). it has lousy definition, muddy bass and really weak highs. maybe try playing through a better cab (a 1x12 if you play at bedroom volume) and see if that solves some of your problems. that cab can make an ESP Eclipse II through a Mesa Boogie Roadster sound weak (I have tried), can't imagine you're having more luck
#8
I'm happy enough with the tone from my Jackson through the same amp, and the ESP has always sounded a little bit dull in comparison (the same through my son's Peavey Vypyr). I'm just wondering whether active EMG's will sound a lot better than the stock pickups (ESP-EMG passive). I don't want to waste the time and money if there's not much difference.