#1
I bought an Epiphone Les Paul over the summer and I'd like to replace the pickups. But I've never bought pickups before, and I was wondering what people would suggest. I like blues and classic rock a lot, but I'll play anything really. Money isn't really an option; what would you suggest?
Thanks in advance.
#2
Dimarzios, Duncans maybe. Probly not EMGs though.
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I have a Vox Valvetronix AD50VT
#6
In that case it's debatable whether pickups will be a worthwhile investment. They'll make some difference, but it's in no way going to reflect what they'll cost. There's better ways of spending your money, let's put it that way.
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In that case it's debatable whether pickups will be a worthwhile investment. They'll make some difference, but it's in no way going to reflect what they'll cost. There's better ways of spending your money, let's put it that way.


Would you suggest getting a better amp?
#8
Tricky - the Valvetronix is a decent amp, it's just not one that is particularly responsive to different pickups. Stuff you could buy (assuming you don't already have them) would include an EQ pedal, wah pedal, decent delay etc. If you know the kind of tones that suit your style then you can always have a better amp to aim for, but if your undecided the Valvetronix will do a perfectly good job for quite some time yet.
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Tricky - the Valvetronix is a decent amp, it's just not one that is particularly responsive to different pickups. Stuff you could buy (assuming you don't already have them) would include an EQ pedal, wah pedal, decent delay etc. If you know the kind of tones that suit your style then you can always have a better amp to aim for, but if your undecided the Valvetronix will do a perfectly good job for quite some time yet.


Ah, I understand. Thank you for your help.
#10
Don't get me wrong, you can buy pickups, I'm just not sure if they'll make as much difference as you'd hope. See if you can A/B a Duncan equipped guitar with it's basic, stock-equipped equivalent through a Valvetronix and you'll be able to judge for yourself.
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#11
if you dont like the valvetronix tone, try turning the gain knob, the volume knob, and the master knob all the way up, and then use the little wheel in the back. i get some awesome blues+classic rock tones on the UK 70s setting. its sounds very plexi-ish.
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#13
I have an Epi LP and the pickups are switched out for 490R and 498T humbuckers, so its basically a Gibson Studio. :] Sounds awesome too.
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#14
SD JB/Jazz perhaps?

Your amp is fine, you don't need top of the line tone for bedroom play (unless you're gigging then a new amp would be the wiser choice).
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#15
nah for blues and classic rock, i say Seymour Duncan '59 model or a Pearly Gates.

or u can go flat out with some boutique pickups like SD pickups.
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#16
Jazz works very well for Blues and Classic Rock. Seymour Duncan, but it's all up to you really, and the Vox amp is a very good amp it works very well. You just have to play around with it (just like any other amp) till you get the sound you want with it.
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#17
I got a epi LP-100...and let me tell ya...

I got one recommendation...the * EMG-H4A...*

ITs a passive pup..but man this thing can freakin scream!!
great for solos..
They will usually try to sell it with the *H4*

I like it alot...the H4 is cool...but its an all around suped up pup.

The pinch harmonics are great...they sound really good with pick
sensitive effects...and they do any style u want.

Funny how a pup can do anything from death metal ..to texas blues...
to 80's ballads...to gospel.
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#18
You could also replace your valvetronix's pre amp tube for a Mesa one. The cleans remain the same but the dirty tones improve a lot, and the pickups will certainly make a difference.
#19
Yeah, you need a good tube amp to really hear the new pickups shine through. But for classic rock and the sort, i would suggest SD Alnico II Pros.

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#20
Quote by Washburnd Fretz
I got a epi LP-100...and let me tell ya...

I got one recommendation...the * EMG-H4A...*

ITs a passive pup..but man this thing can freakin scream!!
great for solos..
They will usually try to sell it with the *H4*

I like it alot...the H4 is cool...but its an all around suped up pup.

The pinch harmonics are great...they sound really good with pick
sensitive effects...and they do any style u want.

Funny how a pup can do anything from death metal ..to texas blues...
to 80's ballads...to gospel.


What the Hell?
I've got Epiphone Les Paul 100. Why did you put EMG on your guitar?
That's sound's odd.
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#21
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Yeah, you need a good tube amp to really hear the new pickups shine through. But for classic rock and the sort, i would suggest SD Alnico II Pros.

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Alnico II Pros tend to be round, and warm. i'm not sure if it would suit most of classic rock. ofcourse it suits GNR, but does it suit zeppelin? or zz top?

i'd recommend a '59 model or a pearly gates still. Alnico II pros are too low output, which wouldn't drive an amp without a booster, or running it in crazy volume.
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#22
I would personally recommend a set from Rockfield Pickups, either the SWC or the Turbo. Both have Alnico V mangets, the Turbo is a little bit more output. They're new on the block and so don't have much of a reputation yet, but those are two good humbuckers. But the main reason is that they cost less than the major brand names, $50 comared with $75-100. It all depends on what you're willing to spend. If you don't mind splurging on an established, respected brand then go with either the aforementioned Seymour Duncan '59 or Pearly Gates, or something by DiMarzio. But for less money, the Rockfields sound decent enough to me.
#23
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What the Hell?
I've got Epiphone Les Paul 100. Why did you put EMG on your guitar?
That's sound's odd.



Why not? ..

The model of the guitar is not important. The only thing that matters
is if it sounds good and plays well. If a yamaha EG 112 is made with the
same care that a Fender Strat is made with ..it can sound just as good. (with good pups)
Just because a guitar is expensive doesn't mean that it is exempt from
the same problems as any other guitar. If it plays well and you love it
get better pups. Its as simple as that.

Having a black beauty is awesome...but i kind of like playing guitars that
make people wonder *How da hell can he get that sound out of that thing?*

I found an Epi...the guy that sold it thought epi was just generic.
It was practically free. I bought some new pups. Now it sounds better
that guitars that cost 2500 bucks.

Why would i put EMGs in it?

I think i should ask you why would i pay an extra 2200 bucks for the same sound?
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#24
Dude, you cant compare that Yamaha to a Fender. I mean, craftmanship will come a long way, but still, it depends on the wood quality, hardware quality and all the and little details that makes a guitar sound good.
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#25
Quote by Washburnd Fretz
Why not? ..

The model of the guitar is not important. The only thing that matters
is if it sounds good and plays well. If a yamaha EG 112 is made with the
same care that a Fender Strat is made with ..it can sound just as good. (with good pups)
Just because a guitar is expensive doesn't mean that it is exempt from
the same problems as any other guitar. If it plays well and you love it
get better pups. Its as simple as that.

Having a black beauty is awesome...but i kind of like playing guitars that
make people wonder *How da hell can he get that sound out of that thing?*

I found an Epi...the guy that sold it thought epi was just generic.
It was practically free. I bought some new pups. Now it sounds better
that guitars that cost 2500 bucks.

Why would i put EMGs in it?

I think i should ask you why would i pay an extra 2200 bucks for the same sound?


ok, you right, i don't know what it sounds like but i'm sure its looks wired.
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#26
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Dude, you cant compare that Yamaha to a Fender. I mean, craftmanship will come a long way, but still, it depends on the wood quality, hardware quality and all the and little details that makes a guitar sound good.


I agree with you that superior materials make better instruments...

I was just trying to make a point...ya know..

My point is that a guitar cant be dismissed just because if its name.
Sometimes all of the stars line up perfectly and starter guitar can sound
great. On the same token...if a lazy bum took shortcuts on a Gibson
Custom it will be returned just as easily as a starter guitar.

Sometimes labels arent that important. If i could get Zakk Wylde to
play a Yamaha EG 112 starting tomorrow with pride...every other kid
in America would probably want one. I bet it would end up being at least
a thousand bucks too.

We all know that guitars models can be a hit and miss kinda thing.
Any guitar model can sound great. I have learned from my hits and misses
that if you want a nice bright sound...start by looking for *alder*
(oops...got smashed for that) ..lol..dont start by looking for brand names or pickups..

to make a long story short...lol...
Any model can sound awesome..

I never said that a lower end guitar would be better than a top-of-the-line
guitar. I just said that it can sound just as good as all the rest. I dont
wanna give anybody the impression that i think of it as a substitute...
I dream of a Gibson LP custom with a Marble finish....all the time
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Last edited by Washburnd Fretz at Oct 4, 2007,
#27
Yeah, you give a good argument, unlike more than half the people on this site.

EDIT: And yeah man, alder is bright, not mahogany.
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Last edited by fatboythin at Sep 22, 2007,
#28
Quote by Washburnd Fretz
I have learned from my hits and misses
that if you want a nice bright sound...start by looking for Mahoghany...
dont start by looking for brand names or pickups..


#29
I thought it was the other way around.. if you want a bright sound, look for alder, ash, etc . And if you want dark and a lot of growl, mahogany. If that wasn't the case, then my strat should sound a lot deeper than my LP.
#30
Quote by fatboythin
Yeah, you give a good argument, unlike more than half the people on this site.

EDIT: And yeah man, alder is bright, not mahogany.


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