#1
I'm going to be changing the pickups in my Epiphone G-400, since the stock pickups just aren't cutting it.

I've decided on probably a Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro in the neck, but I'm clueless on bridge pickups. I currently have a Gibson BurstBucker #3 (the hottest one) in the bridge of my Les Paul, and that's almost good enough, but for the SG I would like something a little bit hotter. I can't tell what this would be though since Gibson don't say the technical specs of their pickups, so for example I don't know if a DC Resistance of 16.4k would be much higher, just right, or not high enough, compared to the Gibson BurstBucker (which I'm using as my 'measuring stick').

The sort of area I'd like to aim for is a kind of 80's rock (e.g. KISS or Whitesnake) tones, but also the ability to do something a little bit cleaner like a mid 90's Bon Jovi or a late 70's AC/DC tone. So probably something fairly hot, but not heavy metal hot. Totally clean tones are irrelevant as I never use the bridge pickup 100% clean. I don't want to use active pickups either, it needs to be passive.

My other problem is I want it to match the rest of my guitar's hardware, so it needs to be available in the UK with a gold cover.
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A home-made basic head with an old Fender cab for gigging (it's nothing special basically), and for practise a little Fender combo (Champion 600). I mostly use artifical overdrive and distortion pedals rather than using amp overdrive.

I'm completely happy with my amps, cables and pedals when I'm using my BurstBucker-equipped LP, and I don't want to change any of that gear for the sake of this one pickup. It's just the muddy stock Epi SG pickups that are the problem.
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I like the sound of DiMarzio DP100's for 80's rock stuff, but the most important thing in 80's rock imho is having good valve distortion, even moreso than what humbucker to use...

Another suggestion for humbuckers would be PAF's or PAF Pro's.
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#6
hey
i'm pretty sure ace frehley used a dimarzio super distortion if you're after that classic kiss sound.
#7
^Mention classic 80s humbucker and thats what springs to mind
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#8
The Duncan JB would be my choice over the MODERN Super Distortion, which is a bit different than the older one in sound. Newer ones are kind of stale sounding imo, and lack a lot of presence, which is key for 80's shred. The JB has all that in spades. Another option is a DiMarzio ToneZone or an old Jackson J80 or J90C USA pickup.
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#10
For an SG I'd go for the Duncan Custom 5 - if you want flat out raunchy, no-nonsense rock tones that's the one to go for. The Breeds worth a look too but it might be a little too fat and warm, and for a UK based option there's the Swineshead Warthog.
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dimarzio super distortion
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#12
I second the warthog, great pickup for what you're after!
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#13
+1 on the warthog, it's really nice.

My miracle man also does an awesome 80s thing, but it's not as good for the lighter stuff you're after as well- but bareknuckle would doubtless be worth a look as some of their other pickups could probably do what you're after.

depends where you are though- if you aren't in the UK, there might be better-value options.
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i'm pretty sure ace frehley used a dimarzio super distortion if you're after that classic kiss sound.



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^

Anyways... If your in the UK, Bareknuckle, if your not. i suggest a ToneZone or Super Distortion. PAF Pro from DiMarzio might be nice, but its a bit fuzzy imo. (tonewise, not indecision) i suggest testing out a Ibanez PGM301, and a B.C Rich Gunslinger Retro to get a basic sound of the two pickups (PAF Pro and Super Distortion respectively)
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Speaking of high output Dimarzio's, my 80's style facemelter has a DiMarzio X2N in the bridge...and depending on how much of a crunch you want / need that thing is a great pickup....
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I like the sound of DiMarzio DP100's for 80's rock stuff, but the most important thing in 80's rock imho is having good valve distortion, even moreso than what humbucker to use...

Another suggestion for humbuckers would be PAF's or PAF Pro's.



80s was where the tube almost died. Alot of those hair metal dudes switched to solid state rack systems... The group that stuck with tubes pretty much played Marshalls with Tubescreamers and Distortion pedals in front of them - both of which are an extra, solid state gain stage and will take away from the tubeishness of the tone.

I would suggest the Duncan JB, as that's about the most 80's pickup you can imagine. Bright, honky, clear, almost all upper midrange, little bass. That's basically describing every 80's hair metal tone at once..
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80s was where the tube almost died. Alot of those hair metal dudes switched to solid state rack systems... The group that stuck with tubes pretty much played Marshalls with Tubescreamers and Distortion pedals in front of them - both of which are an extra, solid state gain stage and will take away from the tubeishness of the tone.

I would suggest the Duncan JB, as that's about the most 80's pickup you can imagine. Bright, honky, clear, almost all upper midrange, little bass. That's basically describing every 80's hair metal tone at once..


To some extent...I agree, Peavey for example went completely SS during those days, but on the other hand, the 80's saw some great tube amps and pre-amps like my ADA.
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