#1
Well sometime soon I might be getting an almost new epiphone les paul studio that my local store has for sale at 325$ that plays wonderfully.

However, the pickups are pretty lame, not alot of flavour to them. I use a fender '59 Bassman (an '07 i think), SansAmp, and Bad horsie wah. I'm looking for a nice warm tone for the neck, very red hot chili peppers and the like, that can also get that kinda G'n'R slash style lead. The bridge pickup i want to be a little more abrasive, as I play alot of metal and punk (germs, minor threat, dead kennedys, etc) aswell. A good bit of output would be nice aswell.
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#2
seymour duncan jb/jazz set should be good for something like that.
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Duncan Custom 5 bridge, Pearly Gates or 59 in the neck - you just described that setup exactly. The only decision is the neck, Pearly Gates will be a touch brighter and a little raunchier, 59 will be warmer and smoother.
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Duncan Custom 5 bridge, Pearly Gates or 59 in the neck - you just described that setup exactly. The only decision is the neck, Pearly Gates will be a touch brighter and a little raunchier, 59 will be warmer and smoother.


That leads me to lean t'words the '59 then, I have a big thing for that creamy, smooth, warm neck clean sound. I had one guitar with a custom 5 in the bridge, a 90's carvin, but i didn't like it. Then again, I didn't like much about that carvin, way to much of a shred guitar.
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That leads me to lean t'words the '59 then, I have a big thing for that creamy, smooth, warm neck clean sound. I had one guitar with a custom 5 in the bridge, a 90's carvin, but i didn't like it. Then again, I didn't like much about that carvin, way to much of a shred guitar.

Hmmm - what kind of wood was the Carvin made of? If you want a harder edge you could always go with the straight Custom which has a ceramic magnet.
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Hmmm - what kind of wood was the Carvin made of? If you want a harder edge you could always go with the straight Custom which has a ceramic magnet.


I'm pretty sure the carvin was alder, and the body was thin as hell. It sounds even worse to me now after a year of playing my '77 Les paul deluxe. I really want a pretty versitile bridge pickup, as I do have alot of styles I play (from zepplin to hardcore punk to blues to tanz metal etc etc)
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I'm pretty sure the carvin was alder, and the body was thin as hell. It sounds even worse to me now after a year of playing my '77 Les paul deluxe. I really want a pretty versitile bridge pickup, as I do have alot of styles I play (from zepplin to hardcore punk to blues to tanz metal etc etc)

I wouldn't have thought the Custom 5 would sound all that great in alder, it's much better suited to mahogany....it'll definitely work for what you want in the Les Paul.
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I wouldn't have thought the Custom 5 would sound all that great in alder, it's much better suited to mahogany....it'll definitely work for what you want in the Les Paul.


Word, I might just steal the one out of the Carvin then. Only have to pay for one pickup instead of two.
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Word, I might just steal the one out of the Carvin then. Only have to pay for one pickup instead of two.

That....is a very sensible idea

If you don't like it then evidently I was completely wrong, and its only cost you a bit of soldering time
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Well sometime soon I might be getting an almost new epiphone les paul studio that my local store has for sale at 325$ that plays wonderfully.

However, the pickups are pretty lame, not alot of flavour to them. I use a fender '59 Bassman (an '07 i think), SansAmp, and Bad horsie wah. I'm looking for a nice warm tone for the neck, very red hot chili peppers and the like, that can also get that kinda G'n'R slash style lead. The bridge pickup i want to be a little more abrasive, as I play alot of metal and punk (germs, minor threat, dead kennedys, etc) aswell. A good bit of output would be nice aswell.

I was going to say SD Alnico II's, because they are absolutely spot-on for the bands you listed. However, once you got more into the metal and high output, maybe Alnico II's aren't the best way to go. Whoever, said SD JB/Jazz, I would go with that. That set is on my Schecter, and they sound awesome for all types of music, even metal. Can get some pretty good pinches out of the JB.
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I was going to say SD Alnico II's, because they are absolutely spot-on for the bands you listed. However, once you got more into the metal and high output, maybe Alnico II's aren't the best way to go.
really, Alnico II Pros aren't much good for anything. '59s, Jazz and Pearly Gates models are almost always better options. The only reason why Slash uses Alnico II Pros is because they're so low-output and he likes to get all of his overdrive from the amp, rather than from his guitar. The actual tone of Alnico II Pros is very average and flat anyway (again, you're then supposed to use the amp to compensate).
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really, Alnico II Pros aren't much good for anything. '59s, Jazz and Pearly Gates models are almost always better options. The only reason why Slash uses Alnico II Pros is because they're so low-output and he likes to get all of his overdrive from the amp, rather than from his guitar. The actual tone of Alnico II Pros is very average and flat anyway (again, you're then supposed to use the amp to compensate).


Once again, Mr. Flibble comes through with some spot on analysis.

With Slash's recent rise in popularity due to Guitar Hero, however, I expect that the Alnico II Pros are selling through the roof.
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#14
If you're really serious about this, you should check out Bare Knuckle Pickups or some Swinesheads, you should be able to find the tone you want, and a distinctive one at that.
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You might look into PRS? The HFS can do anything.


Not really interested in PRS.

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I was considering those, any suggestions on make and model?

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