#1
Hi randomness people

It's simple... I have an epiphone but it sounds lame, bassish and tired I own a fender amp with distort and have an rp355 (i think) foot pedal. I like crispy tony sounding guitars like fender strats. But i was just wondering if I could acheive a better sound from my EPPY as it is a very sexy looking tyranosaurus

ALSO i play lead style
#2
You could always experiment with the pickups.

For instance, you might put in some better humbuckers and even have them wired for coil splitting. Or you could replace one or both of the humbuckers with humbucker-sized P90s. Or even have both a splittable humbucker and a HBS-P90.

Any of those options will get you some- but not all- of the tones you say you prefer out of your Epi.
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#3
I have been working on a guitar with dimarzio pick up. There hot rail and I think that they can be wired up to be active. Will active ones help?
#4
Actives have a different sound from singlecoils- the ones you typically see in Strats- and would probably require additional routing.

Seynour Duncan P-Rails might be a good option.
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#5
You could get a pair of single coil conversion rings and stick in some Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders. Woods aside, that'll get you a pretty stratty sound.
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Quote by jasaku226
I own a fender amp with distort and have an rp355 (i think) foot pedal.


Those are a much bigger part of the problem than your guitar is. Save some money and get a new amp first; that will make much more difference to your tone than any pickup change ever will.
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Those are a much bigger part of the problem than your guitar is. Save some money and get a new amp first; that will make much more difference to your tone than any pickup change ever will.

+1 to this.

Changing pickups is fine once you already have a good setup with good tone & just want to tweak it a bit, but first you need a good setup.
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#8
While I generally agree about the amp being the main ingredient in your sound, all we know is that he has a Fender amp- we have no idea if it's good or not, what wattage, etc.

Besides, it sounded to me like he had tried other guitars with his amp, and found his Epi to be lacking in comparison. (I could be wrong, of course.)
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#9
A single-cut guitar like a Les Paul will always have a dark, warm tone. Not that they can't be "tony", but the voicing will always be different than a guitar with a bolt-on neck like a Strat. Strats are bright by nature.

That being said, you should definitely throw something with more kick than those Epi pickups in there. PRS SE pickups, Dimarzios, EMGs can all get you a very hot sound (EMGs can be plain abrasive). Still, they won't give you the exact tone as a single-coil pickup, unless you go the whole coil-tap/push-pull pot route.
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