#1
I've got a Gibson Les Paul Studio with Alnico 490t/r pickups. They're pretty good, but i was wondering -- would it be a worthy investment for new pickups? I'm not sure what style i'd go for, as i play pretty much every style (from killswitch to john mayer).

Are there any really nice, really versatile pups that i should look at? Ones that would make my Gibby sound real sexy.

Thanks!
#2
What's your amp? That has a bigger influence on tone.

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#3
DiMarzio Steve's Special (for bridge) is by far my favourite pickup. Sexy is actually the best word I can think of. Dunno what it'd sound like in a Les Paul though.
#4
Right now i'm at school, so i'm using this little Roland practice amp a friend gave me. He was from Japan, so i think it's from Japan as well. At home i've got a Crate. I need to upgrade. :-\
#5
Alnico pickups are definately good pups (whether stock or a different brand like duncan). but the only problem with getting new pickups is usually you'll never know exactly what they sound like. So here are your options:

1) Go to a music store and look for a guitar with different pickups than just the guitar's brand(which isn't TOO common)
2)Find a friend who has a guitar with a different kind of pickups and play his.
3)Just go with whatever you buy and hope you don't regret it.

But here are my personal favorite aftermarkets:
1)Dimarzio Super Distortion
2)Dimarzio Tone Zone
3)Dimarzio DP159
4)Seymour Duncan Dimebucker
5)EMG 81/85 actives(high gain)
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#6
I like the Dimebuckers, never heard them in a LP though. Not many of my friends up here play electric guitar. The ones that do have squiers, fenders, washburns, etc. A friend of mine just got an American Strat for christmas, but i'm pretty sure she's got stock pups on that thing. This is gonna be tough, eh? lol.
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Quote by f12button
Right now i'm at school, so i'm using this little Roland practice amp a friend gave me. He was from Japan, so i think it's from Japan as well. At home i've got a Crate. I need to upgrade. :-\

If possible you should upgrade, but if you can't then I highly recommend the pickups that CullenT suggested. Except the Dimebucker.. that thing is utter crap.

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Quote by f12button
Haha, you think so? Some guy i know swears by them.

Maybe it's just personal preference, but I find them to be unbearably trebly. Not to mention the cleans are pretty bad. But then again, I don't really like Dime's tone anyway.

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Quote by f12button
Haha, you think so? Some guy i know swears by them.

I know a lot of people swear at them...

Ts - if you want something that's capable of hitting pretty hard for metal rhythms then look at the Duncan Custom for the bridge, if you want a bit more versatility and little more warmth and raunch then the Custom 5 is probably a better bet for you. Neckwise you can't go wrong with the 59, or maybe the Pearly Gates if you want a little more sizzle from your neck pickup.

I can't imagine the Tone Zone being anything other than atrocious in a Les Paul, the Super Distortion could work if you want a lot of power in the bridge but it's not the most versatile pickup around.
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Quote by CullenT
Alnico pickups are definately good pups (whether stock or a different brand like duncan). but the only problem with getting new pickups is usually you'll never know exactly what they sound like. So here are your options:

1) Go to a music store and look for a guitar with different pickups than just the guitar's brand(which isn't TOO common)
2)Find a friend who has a guitar with a different kind of pickups and play his.
3)Just go with whatever you buy and hope you don't regret it.

But here are my personal favorite aftermarkets:
1)Dimarzio Super Distortion
2)Dimarzio Tone Zone
3)Dimarzio DP159
4)Seymour Duncan Dimebucker
5)EMG 81/85 actives(high gain)

sounds to me like you dont know **** about pickups
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sounds to me like you dont know **** about pickups

+1

I wouldn't really recommend any of them in this situation...it just looks like a cobbled together list of the most frequently mentioned pickups on UG.

oh...

old thread is old
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