#1
So I'm looking to replace the stock humbuckers on my Epiphone 339. I'm not too sure about what to look at and I'm not sure what a good budget is too, but in terms of tone..

I'm looking for something somewhat versatile. This is my main Jazz guitar but I also use it in a lot of contemporary playing meaning rock and just wherever I need that warm sound.

So if you could help me out find something that's suitable for sweet warm jazz, but also nice and dirty for rock that'd be great. By rock I'd say well anything that classifies as rock really, I don't play core or metal and I run through an AC30 so that might say a bit!

I also play lots of Fusion and switch up between my Strat's and the 339 for that.

Cheers, if you need any more information just let me know.

Budget - $200 AUD? Again I'm not sure what a good budget is for pickups so I may be able to increase it. I was looking at perhaps just going standard and getting Gibson Burstbuckers or 57 Classics which are fitted on the Gibson 339.
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i'm guessing you normally use the neck pickup for jazz? and the bridge for rockier stuff?
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#3
A great, cheap, rock and roll/blues bridge pickup is the Washburn 423. NOS ones cost about $15 delivered on eBay. Another is the 623, which is a hair cleaner-sounding than the 423. I play without effects and these give one that great edge. They woke up my Epiphones, which all sounded quite dull with the original pickups. I have no experience with the corresponding neck pickups (W421s or W621s) as I don't use or buy neck pickups but these 423s and 623s are true, unknown, ignored, affordable blues/rock & roll sleepers. I have a 423 or a 623 on all of my guitars now.

Edit addendum:
I noticed that you're in Australia so these pickups may not be available locally. However, pickups are so small and light that it's still cheap to get them mailed to you. Seeing as these are only $15-20 US, you'd still spend less than getting anything else, even if they're making new custom pickups next door to you. They're worth a try. I corresponded with a guy on this forum who eventually decided to give one a try and he was really, really happy with them.
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Look at a Seymour Duncan Custom Custom for the bridge (keep the height low) and an Alnico II Pro, or maybe even a Jazz (again keep the height low) for the neck.

If you want to get weird, consider an EMG 60A or 60AX in the bridge and a 60X in the neck.
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^EDIT: That's actually how EMG started out, making active pickups for jazz guitarists.

Have you looked into humbucker-sized P90's? That sounds like a great idea for your goal, stay away from the Seymour Duncan Phat Cats though. There are much better options available
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#6
Dave yeah pretty much exactly right. I do use the bridge + the middle position for some clean rhythm at time though.

I'll look into the Alnico 2 and Seymour Duncan Custom Custom! I'm not exactly interested in P90's just because P90's are brighter then the sound I'm going for on the epiphone.

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ah ok. if you use both together a lot, then probably try to keep the outputs of each fairly similar. i mean, if you don't play anything too heavy, even paf output (or hot paf) should be hot enough, even for the bridge pickup.
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Pearly gates in the bridge with a 59 in the neck ought to do it.
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Look at a Seymour Duncan Custom Custom for the bridge (keep the height low) and an Alnico II Pro, or maybe even a Jazz (again keep the height low) for the neck.

If you want to get weird, consider an EMG 60A or 60AX in the bridge and a 60X in the neck.



My thoughts exactly on the Custom/Jazz combo.
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#11
Sorry, just couldn't go with the EMGs. Can't stand that sound... Unless you like slamming your head against the wall, then just go for it. My Strat has Texas Specials, and sounds great. My 1962 reissue Sheridan II is stock, sounds pretty good, but Stormy Mondays are in the near future.