#1
Hi!

I'm looking at picking up a nicer electric guitar... I've been playing for over 4 years and have a very nice acoustic-electric that I love, but I want to expand into the electric side of things as well. I have an inexpensive Behringer that I got a long time ago as a "beginner" guitar, but it's time to upgrade.

I did some research, and it seems that the type of guitar i'm leaning towards would be the Epiphone Les Paul, which has the best price range I can find for anything short of a Gibson, and it tends to have an amazing sound out of a Marshall amp (which I need to buy as well).

Anyhow, two Epi's I have found: Black Beauty 3 and LP Custom, both are great, but what's the deal with the third pickup on the BB3? What does it do, how does it affect the sound, and is it better than the custom? Is it worth it?

If you guys could help me out with this I would be grateful. Thanks!
#2
3rd pup just adds versatility to the guitar, which is usually a good thing. if its a Humbucker in the middle, its not very usefull,but a single coil would be nice
#5
I heard the 3rd pickup is supposed to create more of a warmer sound a bit more suited towards classic rock and whatnot, whereas the 2 pickups create more of a rock crunch sound... true?
#6
Quote by MrSixString
I heard the 3rd pickup is supposed to create more of a warmer sound a bit more suited towards classic rock and whatnot, whereas the 2 pickups create more of a rock crunch sound... true?

Huh....
#7
Quote by MrSixString
I heard the 3rd pickup is supposed to create more of a warmer sound a bit more suited towards classic rock and whatnot, whereas the 2 pickups create more of a rock crunch sound... true?


Not really. Your classic rock crunch will always come from your bridge pickup. Having another one there won't make a difference as on most guitars they are never all on at the same time. Its all preference. Some people like to have a middle pickup to give the a bit more range, though some just get it for looks.
#8
I find it alot harder to pick with those guitars, maybe it's just my lack of skill but I tend to hit the pickup when I strum and whatnot.
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#9
it will decrease sustain because of it's magnetic pull on the strings... or so i hear
#10
Check out PRS SE. And, Marshalls aren't the only amps out there.
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#11
Its not necessarily an advantage if its HHH. May hinder picking techniques as stated. The middle pickup on a Strat is very useful. Three humbuckers is useless as far as I'm concerned. I play blues and classic rock.
#12
i never use the middle pickup on my guitar
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