#1
So I have an Epi Les Paul Custom, and I'm getting kinda tired off the muddy tone. I want a slightly better blues set-up; what upgrades can I make? I'm looking at a 100-200 dollar price range, and I'm primarily thinking I need better pick-ups, I'll probably buy used. Any suggestions?

Also, what's a good solution for cleaning pots/contacts?

Thanks!
#2
What amp do you have?
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#3
slap some pickups and a tonepros on it
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#4
Single coils.
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#5
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What amp do you have?


Right now, a Vox Valvetronix 60 : \

I don't really gig or make money off of this stuff (just a hobbyist, besides the fact that I do recording/mixing for cash) so I don't usually invest a ton in it. Of course, I have my goals...

I'd like to upgrade to a Fender Super Reverb in the near future, and eventually a Two-Rock Custom Reverb 50w. And of course, Hopefully in the near future, get a Fender Strat (I hear varying things on different models of the strat, which would be a good bet if I wanted more out of a blues tube-driven setup and less of a rock sound? I'm going for the more glassy, smooth SRV / John Mayer style blues.)

And what brand of pickups are at least a bit of an upgrade for my LP?
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Right now, a Vox Valvetronix 60 : \

I don't really gig or make money off of this stuff (just a hobbyist, besides the fact that I do recording/mixing for cash) so I don't usually invest a ton in it. Of course, I have my goals...

I'd like to upgrade to a Fender Super Reverb in the near future, and eventually a Two-Rock Custom Reverb 50w. And of course, Hopefully in the near future, get a Fender Strat (I hear varying things on different models of the strat, which would be a good bet if I wanted more out of a blues tube-driven setup and less of a rock sound? I'm going for the more glassy, smooth SRV / John Mayer style blues.)

And what brand of pickups are at least a bit of an upgrade for my LP?


If you Know you want a strat then trade some body craigslist.
#7
hey hey, is a guy not allowed to have more than one guitar? lol I prefer feel of a Les Paul neck, playing is very smooth and pliable. The Strat feels more... rigid, it requires more energy to play. So I prefer the play of the Les Paul and the tone of the Strat, so I guess I'd eventually like one of each.
#8
Maybe stick an HB sized P-90 in?
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#9
try Seymour Duncans. the Custom 5 is perfect for mahogany bodied guitars.
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#10
So I'm looking at mayyybe... A custom-5 on the neck and P90 on the bridge? Or would it work better the other way around? (Sorry for the naivety. despite my broad exposure to guitar, I've never really tinkered around with the electronics or customizing before)
#11
other way around. The Custom 5 is a bridge pickup with about 1.6 times as much output (14k DC resistance to about 8k respectively) as a P-90. Just be aware you'll need to buy a humbucker sized P-90 (SD Phat Cat, GFS Mean/Dream 90) as regular P-90s are differently sized than a humbucker.
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LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.