#1
Hi everyone,

I'm planning to replace the pickups of my Epiphone Les Paul Standard (Ebony, bought in 2009). The sound that I currently have doesn't really satisfy me, so I really want to change to something new. I'm considering these humbuckers:

- Bridge: Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB or SH-14 Custom 5
- Neck: Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz or SH-1N '59

I play lots of alternative rock and indie music (I play a lot of Killers songs), so I want something that fits my style. I also like to play classic rock, hard rock and blues once in a while.

I don't have any knowledge about guitar electronics, so I hope you guys can help me out with making my choice.

Thanks in advance!
#2
The JB/Jazz combination is popular, and I like the Jazz very much. - I have them (bridge and neck) in two guitars. However, I'm not so keen on the JB in standard series wiring, it was too muddy in the guitar in which I had it, but as I say, it is popular and mine is likely a minority opinion. With your innterest I might go for a 59 or Pearly Gates in the bridge.
#3
I also like the SD '59s. In the neck, they partner VERY nicely with the SD SH-4JB in the bridge. They also work well as a bridge pickup- that's what Godin uses in the Belmont.

Also look at RailHammer Chisel and HyperVintage pickups.

You might want to consider the P90 sound: they're very versatile, residing tonally somewhere between humbuckers and standard singlecoils. P90s are all over alt/indie rock, and they pop up in blues, hard rock & metal too.

Fortunately, there are humbucker-sized P90s available from many makers, so you wouldn't have to reroute your guitar like you would for regular P90s.
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#4
I have a set of the railhammer's Hammer and Chisel set. They are really high quality and strong.
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#5
I'm not sure you need something as hot as a JB or even a custom 5 for the stuff you play. I'd be tempted to go paf or hot-paf style pickup in the bridge. either the jazz or '59 in the neck would work, there shouldn't be much of a problem with either of those.
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