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Hi everyone. I have been thinking lately about what my next guitar purchases will be. I would like a better and larger amp, and I would also like new pickups.

I have an Epi LP standard with stock pickups. I am told that these pickups, while not bad, could be easily replaced with some really nice ones. I was actually thinking about putting a really high-output, roaring metal humbucker in the neck position and a single-coil for clean parts in the bridge. Does this sound like a good idea to you guys? Have you ever known someone to do this before, and if so, how did it turn out?

Thanks for your input
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I don't think that's a good idea.

(a) you're better with the hotter pickup at the bridge position, generally. an odd person prefers it the other way, but generally, you want a hotter pickup at the bridge.

(b) a single coil won't fit at your bridge position (unless by single coil you mean p90, and are willing to get a humbucker-sized one) without a lot of bother.

what tones are you after, what's your budget, and what amp do you have?

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#3
nope.....Metal pick up in bridge.... not a single coil in neck....you mean a humbucker which is cool as a signle coil?
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#4
If you replace a humer with a single how do you propose to fill the gap thats left...NB a guitar is the one place where polyfiller isn't the solution
#5
^^^ polyfiller good suggestion.... but if you want a single coil... yeah go for a p-90 or something. your pickups sound like they gona have a very drastic change in sound with a **** hot bucker in bridge and very very soft single but i mean im no expert and it could work for damn sure.
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I don't think that's a good idea.

(a) you're better with the hotter pickup at the bridge position, generally. an odd person prefers it the other way, but generally, you want a hotter pickup at the bridge.

(b) a single coil won't fit at your bridge position (unless by single coil you mean p90, and are willing to get a humbucker-sized one) without a lot of bother.

what tones are you after, what's your budget, and what amp do you have?



I am after a Metallica-type tone when I am playing with distortion. As for the clean parts, I really couldn't say - just something that will play loud and clear and allow the sound of the guitar itself to make it through the electronics.

I have no defined budget. I will be able to pay for most things, but when shopping for guitar stuff I like to narrow the options down into price ranges. I will always pay more for a product as long as it is truly superior to the (cheaper) alternative.

My amp is a Fender 15 watt practice amp. It's really not a bad little amp, and I actually rather like the built-in distortion on it (although I have to press the little hard-to-access button on it to toggle it on/off). I will deal with my amp situation after my pickups are taken care of, I think.

Thanks again
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I am after a Metallica-type tone when I am playing with distortion. As for the clean parts, I really couldn't say - just something that will play loud and clear and allow the sound of the guitar itself to make it through the electronics.

I have no defined budget. I will be able to pay for most things, but when shopping for guitar stuff I like to narrow the options down into price ranges. I will always pay more for a product as long as it is truly superior to the (cheaper) alternative.

My amp is a Fender 15 watt practice amp. It's really not a bad little amp, and I actually rather like the built-in distortion on it (although I have to press the little hard-to-access button on it to toggle it on/off). I will deal with my amp situation after my pickups are taken care of, I think.

Thanks again


i think you should get a new amp before you get new pickups, amp > pickups
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I have no defined budget. I will be able to pay for most things, but when shopping for guitar stuff I like to narrow the options down into price ranges. I will always pay more for a product as long as it is truly superior to the (cheaper) alternative.


That is some of the best logic I've seen posted here. That's why I always suggest trying slightly dearer and cheaper stuff as well as the stuff in your price range- even if you can't afford it. You can see if something is worth the extra cash.

Assuming you can get a new amp as well:

you probably want something pretty hot in the bridge, more than likely ceramic magnet, and then something a lot mellower in the neck, probably alnico V (alnico II might be a little underpowered and mushy combined with ceramic, though it's still worth considering).

anyway, ones to look at would be (no order):

Swineshead xbucker bridge/runaway neck

Bareknuckle Miracle man set, or warpig set if you want the very modern (i.e. st. anger) metallica tone- or maybe get something like a mule for the neck position.

www.wolfetone.com - probably timberwolf for the bridge, one of the paf-type pickups for th neck.

www.highorderpickups.com - he winds to order.

www.billlawrence.com - probably xl500 bridge, 500R or C for the neck.

www.dimarzio.com - probably x2n bridge, paf (or similar) neck.

www.emginc.com - 81 bridge, 60 neck.

Bear in mind I haven't tried all of these (or in fact many!). It's up to you really, and i realise it's a pain getting to try many of them... I'd also advise getting a new amp first, since you can better decide what you need your pickups to do once you have a new amp...

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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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