#1
I've saved up lots, and am thinking off upgrading my little epi special 2 guitar.
I'm just looking for sugestions about pickups as i have no idea about them.
Am not into heavy shit but i'd like something inbetween heavy and light.
As you can tell i don't really have alot of knoledge about this so any help is welcome. lol
#2
Be a little more specific as to what styles. And your budget. 'lots' doesn't really tell me anything, unfortunately.

Also, why upgrade your pickups? First off, what Epi, the LP? If so, it's made of mahogany and alder ply, not the best quality wood construction. Something to think about.

Lastly, what kind of amp do you have?
#3
new guitar
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#4
here's the deal with epiphones.... they're made overseas, but still made right. If you're stupid enough to buy a guitar without tesitng it out first, you can get a dud... but any sensible Epiphone user knows that all you have to do is look at the individual guitar and choose a good one.

I added Gibson '57 Reissue pickups to my Epi LP standard, and the sound improved greatly. Louder, more responsive, more tone possibilities... look into the Gibson pickups for sure.
#5
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here's the deal with epiphones.... they're made overseas, but still made right. If you're stupid enough to buy a guitar without tesitng it out first, you can get a dud... but any sensible Epiphone user knows that all you have to do is look at the individual guitar and choose a good one.

I added Gibson '57 Reissue pickups to my Epi LP standard, and the sound improved greatly. Louder, more responsive, more tone possibilities... look into the Gibson pickups for sure.


no-one has said(yet) that epis are bad guitars, just it makes more sense to get a new guitar than upgrade the LP special 2
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Girl (Ned/chav) annoying me on the bus.

Me "Have you ever bled out your arse-hole?"

Her: Facial expression was priceless - "What??! Noo!"

Me: "Well if you want to keep it that way, **** off."

She then turned away and whimpered.
#6
Yeah, the special II is a pretty low grade guitar isnt it? Upgrading it is just gonna give you a slightly better low grade guitar. Whereas, assuming he has the money, he could get a better guitar that would probably still be better than the upgraded special. Plus he could then upgrade this better guitar in the future.

Lets face it, an upgraded special is still not a very good guitar. So you're still gonna have to get a better one soon. So he'd be better off not upgrading the special at all and just saving up money and buying a more worthwhile guitar in the future.
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#8
and, i have a cube 15, lots of money means about £300 or about $500 not sure. i have ordered a bigger and better amp so buy the time i have this done the amp won't really play a part in it
#9
What's the bigger and better amp?
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#11
I have an SG jnr, with a single seymour duncan invader, the best thing I ever brought, and the best sounding guitar/pup I ever heard!

Try PAF's if you want something a little less heavy...

Matt
#12
Quote by frigginjerk
here's the deal with epiphones.... they're made overseas, but still made right. If you're stupid enough to buy a guitar without tesitng it out first, you can get a dud... but any sensible Epiphone user knows that all you have to do is look at the individual guitar and choose a good one.

I added Gibson '57 Reissue pickups to my Epi LP standard, and the sound improved greatly. Louder, more responsive, more tone possibilities... look into the Gibson pickups for sure.

Nothing wrong with an epi. I own an epi SG G-400. Plays like a dream.

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haha marchall 100w mg series, seems to be put down on here, but i still like it lol

[shakes head]
I have no problem with the MG 15 watt, but it's a waste of money to buy the 100 watt, when there are MUCH better amps out there for the same price. Whatever, though, your money.

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I have an SG jnr, with a single seymour duncan invader, the best thing I ever brought, and the best sounding guitar/pup I ever heard!

Not, it's not.
The SG Junior is fine..but..c'mon.
#13
I play rhythm in a melodic punk band, so range is not an issue, I wanted hard in your face powerchords and nothing else, and I get them... I'd recommend it to anyone...

If it was good enough for Tom Delonge...
#14
Yeah, because Tom Delonge has such great 'punk' tone. The Ramones, now there's a great punchy power chord. You can the mini/humbucker/P-90 equipped Mosrite guitar Johnny Ramone played. Or even thinking more modern, Motion City Soundtrack has great punchy tone, and Joshua Cain uses P-90's in his SG Junior, and Justin uses a Fender Telecaster Thinline with humbuckers.

There are better pickups, is my point, that give you more clarity, and still an aggressive crunchy and in your face power chord. I know, because I play a little punk here and there.
#16
I say buy a new guitar. No matter how much you upgrade the Special II it will never be that great of a guitar. You're better off to buy a new, mid ranged guitar and save your special 2 to **** with later when it's a backup guitar. You can do whatever you want to it then.
#17
It's alot of work,... I did it myself with a lil trial and error, but you could buy a couple solid maple tv tray tables, for an lps2... prolly 3 to get the right thickness. laminate em, cut out the body and channel and rout it,.... use your electronics, hardware and neck. That is really goin all out though, but it would cost you about 45 bucks.... for the wood anyhow. If you don't have the tools it'd be about impossible. forsaknazrael is being pretty nice in his description of the wood. If they actually made these guits with bass wood like the description says on Musicians Friend they would actually have a lil tone from the wood. Sorry for my rambling, I guess my point is summed up as, if you wanna do anything to this it should prolly be better wood before anything with the electronics. Would you put a brand new bose audio system in an old Ford Pinto..? Ok ok, I'll shut my yap now.
#18
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Nothing wrong with an epi. I own an epi SG G-400. Plays like a dream.


i also have a G-400, lol... i'm a big fan of epi's, if you can't tell. it's always played like butter... just smooth and easy... it's been set up in open G for a year or so now, but i want it back in standard.
#20
So MyGuitarAndMe loves his Epi and won't part with it. It makes more sense to help him figure out to improve what he has.

Check out the Guitar Fetish humbuckers here.

Lots of modders have had good results from their inexpensive stuff. As mentioned earlier, you may want to consider a better amp. I was able to score a Fender Hotrod Deville 212 (Brea, CA not the MIM) for $400. Good Luck!

#22
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Would you put a brand new bose audio system in an old Ford Pinto..? Ok ok, I'll shut my yap now.


You bet I would. Maybe not a Pinto (cos it wasn't sold in Aus), but definately an Escort. Or a Datsun 120Y, 78 Corolla, Holden (isuzu) Jemini, Torana, Capri that kind of thing. Late 70's compacts are making a comeback as customs.

Maybe a Mazda rotary in the Pinto? Work it off it's nut and take it to the dragstrip. For once you'd see a Pinto that was supposed to have flames shooting out the back.
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