#1
im thinking of having someone else look at my newly installed pickups in my guitar and see if the guitar tech who installed them did a good job. it seems like the sound is really lacking as if the connection isnt good and also, when i switch pickups, it doesnt always go from one pickup to the other (sometimes, it would switch but the volume would be really low and i would have to wiggle the toggle switch).... or maybe the pickups i got just plain suck? i have dimarzio PAF pro and super distortion which replaced stock epiphone pickups. so far, i prefer the epiphone's because it sounds a lot louder and better.
#3
They're expensive. Go see a solo guy. Guaranteed he will do whatever job you're looking for for less.
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ESP EC-500 EMG 81/85
Mesa Boogie MK III
Marshall 1960B cab