#1
Hey guys,

Just wanted a heads up on replacing my pickups in my 1998 Epi Les Paul Studio.

I'm really not getting a great sound out of the stock pickups and I was thinking about changing them. I have a few questions about this.

1 - Is it worth spending the money on decent pickups if the guitar itself isn't the top of the range Gibson hardware?

2 - How much should I spend on replacement pickups? I've seen the whole lotta humbuckers by Seymour Duncan and had a look at Bare Knuckle both of which are fairly expensive but to me sound very nice.

3 - How complex will it be to replace the pickups?

Thanks
#2
Quote by shandyman99
Hey guys,

Just wanted a heads up on replacing my pickups in my 1998 Epi Les Paul Studio.

I'm really not getting a great sound out of the stock pickups and I was thinking about changing them. I have a few questions about this.

1 - Is it worth spending the money on decent pickups if the guitar itself isn't the top of the range Gibson hardware?

Otherwise, save up & buy a new guitar.

2 - How much should I spend on replacement pickups? I've seen the whole lotta humbuckers by Seymour Duncan and had a look at Bare Knuckle both of which are fairly expensive but to me sound very nice.

3 - How complex will it be to replace the pickups?

Thanks


1) if you like the guitar- it's comfy, holds tune, etc.- yes. I'm planning on plunking some Vntage Vibes in a Dean EVO, and BKPs in a Cadillac- IOW, about as much in the pickups as the guitars cost.

2) only you can answer that.

3) the task is not that complex. I couldn't do it, though- I have no experience with modifiying electronic devices.
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#3
I would say take a look at guitar fetish pickups. You can get a set of good pups for like 60
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#4
Its absolutely worth it if you like and intend to keep the guitar. I have an Epi Sheraton for example that I put Seymour Duncans in. Just bought an Epi Les Paul that I will probably do some swapping in before too long.
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#5
If you haven't already, I would upgrade the pots and whatnot before swapping in new pups. A good set of CTS pots and better caps along with a new jack and toggle switch can make a difference.
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#6
I would recommend looking into Railhammer pickups if you are looking for some great sounding humbuckers. I picked up the hammer/chisel set and really like it. They are best matched with 500k pots and a .22 cap. They are a nice mid-range price pickup set (coming in a little under $200 give or take).
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#7
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I would recommend looking into Railhammer pickups if you are looking for some great sounding humbuckers. I picked up the hammer/chisel set and really like it. They are best matched with 500k pots and a .22 cap. They are a nice mid-range price pickup set (coming in a little under $200 give or take).

Love the RailHammers- what did you put yours in? And did you go for basic or covered?
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#8
Rather than double the cost of your guitar by spending a fortune on high end PUs you can get much better than stock Epis for reasonable prices. Stew Mac has Parson Streets PUs a complete set selling for the cost of a single SD. Some people have liked the GFS PUs as well and for slightly more Di Marzio has good ones too.
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#9
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Love the RailHammers- what did you put yours in? And did you go for basic or covered?


I am building a guitar (PRS style body i picked up from Guitar Fetish). I actually ordered bridge covered with neck basic for a home built punkish look but since they were out of the basic i got the free upgrade to both covered.
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Every guitar and bass forum I've visited has some people chasing some magical tone that will shoot jizzing unicorns riding on a rainbow out of their amp.