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EPI SG PICKUP UPGRADE! WHAT A DIFFERENCE!

#1 User is offline   gearhead 

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 12:53 PM

Ok, so I've had this 2007 Epiphone G400 for a few years, rarely played it, sounded horrible for the music I play.
But I love SG necks. My first REAL guitar was a 1965 Gibson SG Special.
I purchased a set of Gibson 490R-498T pickups from a guy who pulled them from a 2003 LP, for $60 for the set.
MANY MANY people dislike these in the LP, say they are too bright. And I can believe that considering the maple cap on the body.
So I pulled the crap Epi pickups and put these in and all I can say is WOW!
What a difference! They are brighter, but it really opened up the tone, and it has that famous SG "growl".
And great for solo's. Cuts through pretty well. They are kind of microphonic, but not prone to bad squealing feedback like a lot of Epi pu I've had.
I'm planning on upgrading the pots to CTS and the switch & jack to Switchcraft.
Would have to say it plays and sounds as good as any Gibson SG I have played.
So, to the younger players, don't be afraid to try different things on your guitar, especially if you don't like the tone,
but like the feel of the guitar. Could be as simple as a pickup swap. Just do some research, and keep in mind the
materials the guitar is made of, because it does affect the tone.
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1937 Gibson L50 "Black Special #4"
1978 Gibson Melody Maker D
1996 Epiphone Special II
2002 Epiphone Junior
2003 Epiphone EB0
2007 Epiphone G400 (Gibson 490R & 498T)
2007 Epiphone Goth SG
2009 Epiphone Junior
2010 Jay Turser JT-200 Pro (SD Invader)
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:05 PM

490R/498T are virtually my favorite set of pickups.
The SG has the most 'balls' with them
When you need the sound to fly loudly through the room they are the perfect boost pedals friend
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:51 PM

MANY MANY people dislike these in the LP, say they are too bright. And I can believe that considering the maple cap on the body.

In my flea bitten opinion, probably one of the more versatile combinations of pickups you can find short of the classic 57/57+ which I find insanely delish! Glad you've found a match for the SG, and for 60 bucks,, yea man - that's a GREAT score!

Rock on!

This post has been edited by kidblast: 06 December 2017 - 01:51 PM

/Ray
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