#1
I'm looking to start modding this guitar right away, and the stock pickups are obviously not something to brag about. I would like some knowledgable UGers to give me some insight on which pickups to use. I generally play a lot of Classic Rock, Hard Rock, and Metal. Typically speaking, when I pick up my guitar, I tend to play a lot of Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and a lot of guitar virtuoso things like Racer X, Steve Vai etc. I am looking to continue on with these, and need some pickups that can cover both clean and distortion nicely. What do you suggest?

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Wow, thanks for doing exactly what I said not to do. Go kill yourself.

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#5
EMG's.
They have some that are really nice for soft tones, and some that can mix inbetween, so that could be a good choice.
Theres the EMG 80/81 setup that is really good for distortion sounds, and you could buy just an 80 and swap the 81 with another EMG and it could cover clean tones nicely too.
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#6
Well hopefully this will suffice as an answer, but I am a big EMG fan and so is Metallica.
If you want a Metallica sound you could put 81's in both slots for a Kirk Hammett sound, or go with the 60 in the neck to give you a James Hetfield sound. The 81/60 set up is James set up of choice and I've tried it myself and it really does let loose some killer tone for Metallica.

On my guitar I have the ZW set: 85 in neck, 81 in bridge. The 85 has a lot of bass to it and the 81 is great for those higher frequencies. I love actually soloing on the 85 on the neck (also virtuoso type stuff) because it minimizes a lot of sound/feedback and the clarity of it when playing you know 24th notes is amazing.

I'd seriously consider EMG's as I think they are versatile enough to cover many genres and are perfect for some of the one's you named.

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#7
Swinesheads... They're made in UK, handmade that is. They're supposed to be great for the price, i'm probably ordering 2 of them for my next guitar. You especially should check their website, the soundclips were all recorded by Jon on an epiphone les paul standard (like yours), and they sound just awesome.
Or, if you're willing to spend more try bareknuncles that are supposed to be even better, but i dont know much, their website kinda sucks.

If you're wanting a closer tone to your guitar heroes, well, slash uses duncans and kirk uses EMGs (81 and 85 i think). I think jimmy page has just stock pickups on his les paul, theres a celebrity rig about him on the forum, there are probably more info there.
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#8
^ Thank you, these are the kind of posts I was looking for, anyone else have some suggestions?

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#9
Just to add to my previous post, and to correct Calvero on one small point, Kirk does in fact use two 81's. Also, EMG's are in the range of ~200, a bit pricier but in my opinion worth it. Not to mention, as proof, Zakk Wylde uses EMG's in a Les Paul (yah a Gibson, but I really don't believe that makes a huge difference) and they sound terrific and mine sound just as well. Very dependable and killer tone.

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#10
have you thought of seymore duncan pearly gates pickup. they come nicle and gold plated. good for blues clasicc rock and metal, modeled after the pickups from a 1959 les paul bright top end and great for harmonics
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#11
I would say if you want something versatile go for Seymor Duncans.. You can get some sick sounds from EMG's and other active pickups but if you are wanting more of a clean true pickup sound I would say go for what I'm going to upgrade to..

SH-2's and SH-4's by Seymor Duncan..My friend showed me there the other day... and they arebought for a rather cheap price..

The SH-2 jazz pickups has nice cleans and the SH-4 Jb delivers with nice gain and effects. I can't go into too much depth about them but if you would care to hear them go to their site and give em' a listen

http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/humbuckers.shtml

... if you want more of a metal sound go for these..

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seymour-Duncan-LWHMETS-LiveWire-Metal-Pickup-Set?sku=300266

These should be alright for a nice price.
#13
You say you play rock and metal? I would have to recommend the Tremonti Bass and Treble pickups from Paul Reed Smith. These pickups are excellent. I've played an Epiphone G-400 with these in it through a Marshall MG 30 or 50, and it sounded really good. I play everything from Alter Bridge / Creed, Nickelback, and Staind, to Rascal Flatts, Johnny Cash, Third Day, and Chris Tomlin. These pickups sound great on o/d as wells as clean. I say these pickups are great for hard riffs, shredding, classical, and fingerpicking of most or possibly all styles (save for flamenco). This is my opinion. Like everyone, our tastes are more than likely entirely different. Anyway, good luck.
#14
Um i have a Epiphone Les Paul Standard and i put a 57' classic plus in the bridge and a 57 classic regular in the neck and it sounds so much better sorry if im not specific but ummm i got an epi and i put better pickups in and it songs great so there you have it............ now only if i can fix all this damn fret buzz..
#15
creamsoda pm me if ur having a buzz problem.

and threadstarter, what crawled up ur ass and died? how about u relax wt the attitude.

pearly gates, would be my choice, but because im knowledgable im going to ask if this is being played thru an mg.
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#16
Creamsoda, try adjusting your action. Also what kind of music do you play? Can it cover clean as well as big distortion? And what amp do you play it through?

I didn't mean to wig out on the guy, but I was very specific in saying I didn't want someone to say: oo seymour duncon good ooo
I wanted some real answers.

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#17


anyway check out pearly gates if u like a hard rock kick and good cleans.
im sure emgs are fine for some guys, never been my thing.
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#18
well I'll let you know on Staurday how the Jazz (neck) and JB (bridge) work out as they are being nistalled right now
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^ Back up your reply..

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