#1
is it a good idea to put active emg pickups on a gibson les paul?
#3
well its all preference. i've been told that when using actives on a les paul you lose some of that earthiness, but if you like the sound of actives then you'll probably like it cause it should still be a warmer sound than say puttin an active in an ibanez rg.
#5
It is better than putting EMGs in an Iby RG as EMGs are said to excel in mahogany, thus putting them in a Les Paul would be a good thing.

Whether or not getting EMGs at all is a good thing is ENTIRELY UP TO YOU.




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#9
If you want a really nice, tight hi-gain sound then yes deffinetaly.

Other bands that do this are In Flames, Devildriver (used to), Lamb of God etc...
#11
Quote by forsaknazrael
^Pickups alone are not going to give you a "nice tight hi-gain sound". You're mistaken if you think so.
Pickups are only part of the equation, and a small one at that.


Lol yea, course but they help quite a bit imo.
#12
A large portion of this thread is Wagon-jumpers.

Many people who are and are not famous use EMG's. First off, it shouldn't make a difference in your decision, and second, it's YOUR guitar, if you want EMG's put them in, regardless of the make, model, and year.

EMG's have a fine Clean sound, but are made to drive a tube amp. Yes, they sound better through a tube amp, but that being said, they will sound tighter and more overdriven through a solid state amp in comparison to a passive pickup.

Wood will not make anywhere near an audible difference in your tone, not anywhere near that of your amp, effects, and pickups.

This all being said, Don't listen to anyone, play a guitar and make your decision from that.

(and do the 18V mod.)
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#13
Quote by face_the_fear
Lol yea, course but they help quite a bit imo.

Not as much as you may think.

Quote by deftonesordie
they will sound tighter and more overdriven through a solid state amp in comparison to a passive pickup.

Not always. And it some cases, it's possible to cause your SS amp to clip with EMGs. Modeling amps may react differently to the low impedance.

Bottom line, if you want to improve your tone, there are more effective methods than changing your pickups.
#15
Quote by deftonesordie
A large portion of this thread is Wagon-jumpers.

Many people who are and are not famous use EMG's. First off, it shouldn't make a difference in your decision, and second, it's YOUR guitar, if you want EMG's put them in, regardless of the make, model, and year.

EMG's have a fine Clean sound, but are made to drive a tube amp. Yes, they sound better through a tube amp, but that being said, they will sound tighter and more overdriven through a solid state amp in comparison to a passive pickup.

Wood will not make anywhere near an audible difference in your tone, not anywhere near that of your amp, effects, and pickups.

This all being said, Don't listen to anyone, play a guitar and make your decision from that.

(and do the 18V mod.)


Thank you for saying this.

I find people on this board have a lot of ideas and "know" alot of things about tone and what "good" tone is, but no one elses opinon should matter if YOU like the sound your making. like deftonesordie said, put whatever you want in your guitar it is yours.