#1
Hi guys, I've been lurking for awhile now and I figured I might as well sign up!

I want to replace the pickups on 2 of my guitars. I have an Epiphone Les Paul Standard, and an Ibanez SA220.

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Please don't just tell me to buy new guitars instead, as both of them have a great deal of sentimental value, and they are the 2 guitars I will never sell. Don't even bother posting in the thread if your just going to tell me to buy new guitars or a new amp, because I have plenty of others I use live & when recording.

At home, I play either a Valve Junior or a Vox AD100VTH. I don't play these guitars live, or use either of those amps. I use my dads or my brothers gear for band stuff, as neither of them play in bands anymore, so I have no need to buy new gear.

I play everything at home, from jazz, blues, funk, metal and punk to everthing inbetween, so I need versatile pickups, not necessarily high output. I'm really a fan of Seymour Duncan pickups, the JB, Jazz and the '59, but my brother said I should ask on here about guitar fetish pickups, as it will be much cheaper. So, as counterparts to the JB & Jazz, which guitar fetish pickups should I go with?
#2
Personally i'd reccomend the JB Jazz and '59 too, im not too hot on GFS pickups, but those 2 sound like they would kill, especially in your LP.
#3
Hey buddy, good to see lurkers finally signing up

I had a JB & a Jazz in one of my SA220s awhile ago, and it was a great combination! Worked really well for almost any style of music!
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#4
I put a set of Dream 180s in my Epi Les Paul and they are amazing. They sound as good as they look.
#5
if you have the money, bare knuckle pickups are the way to go.
drop tim (bareknuckle CEO) an e-mail telling him your musical styles etc... and he'll e-mail you back some reccomendations
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#6
Can't say I know a great deal about those pickups, but an idea you may not have thought of... why get versatile pickups for two guitars? Wouldn't it make more sense to make each of them a bit more "specialised" then they would both be great for different things and you'd probably get more use out of them both.
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if you have the money, bare knuckle pickups are the way to go.
drop tim (bareknuckle CEO) an e-mail telling him your musical styles etc... and he'll e-mail you back some reccomendations

Or Swineshead pickups, they're not quite as good but a bit cheaper.
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#8
GFS pickups are always iffy to me. I don't really trust them. There's a lot of conflicting info on their single coil pages. Plus, none of their "vintage output" pickups are vintage output. Not even close.

For your Les Paul, I would look into a Seymour Duncan SH-1 '59 in the neck, and a Seymour Duncan SH-14 Custom 5 in the bridge. Great combo for mahogany guitars, very versatile, better than the JB/Jazz combo.

What type of wood is the Ibanez made of? Style of bridge? What's lacking about the tone right now?
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What type of wood are the guitars made of? Style of bridge? What's lacking about the tone right now?


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why settle for just a jazz/jb combo if theres something that will suit you even better
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#10
Duncans are good. I agree with azrael, '59/Cust5 is a great combo. It's basically a PAF in the neck and a PAF on steroids in the bridge.
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