#1
I've recently bought Epiphone ES-339 Pro for 400 bucks. I'm really pleased, but there is one thing which I'd like to change - the tone. I still have stock strings .010 - .046, and I wonder if the change for D'Addarios EXL115 .011 - 0.49 will result in brighter sound especially for high pitch strings? Because right know it sounds muddy, even with coil tapped to single.
Also had this idea to raise a bit pickups, to set them closer to the strings.

Do you think this would do the trick?
I will be grateful for your help.
#2
What amp are you using and what settings are you using on it?

Epiphone pickups are not known to be great but you can get some really nice pickups that will not break the bank. Are you in the USA?
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#3
I have Hiwatt G15R amp, and the bass/treble/middle section is set in the middle position. And for the second question - no, I live in Poland.
#4
Well Iron Gear makes nice pickups that are pretty cheap, so does Tonerider. These are available in Europe. But it may be your amp that is the biggest problem with your tone.

What type of music do you play?
Do you play in a band or with others?
What would be your budget for a new amp?
Is used OK?
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate