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  1. No, rolling back tone or volume kills a lot of the signal, so I always dime them. I don't find a tone knob useful in any way. I just use them to create the right load and not have an overly bright/dark pickup.
  2. I meant using two 500k pots for the neck pickup and two 300k pots for the bridge. I almost never use my tone controls, so I always check if they're fully open. On 10 I want to have the best sound. If I have to remember that on one guitar the tone pot has to be on 7 and on the other on 8, it becomes a bit difficult and I might screw that up. 😁 I use my volume pots mostly as on-off switches to cut the sound when needed.
  3. Wow, that was an interesting read. And guess what: my LP Traditional is a... 2013 model! However, when I bought it I tested several other Gibson guitars (Standards, Traditionals, reissues, Tributes, SG,...) and I chose that one because it sounded fatter and warmer than the Standards of that era (with modern weight relief and Burstbucker Pro), which sounded thin in comparison through the Marshall Vintage Modern stack in the store. But that was 7 years ago and I might have listened for other details than I do now and of course, the amps I have are different. But maybe it really IS the guitar. With other guitars I found that after changing the pickups the guitar's character remained the same. I also noticed that brige and saddles material have a big influence on tone. I played a bit more with the pickup and polepieces height and I think I have gotten to a point where it really sounds good. However, If I'm still not satisfied, I'll try to improve the tone by swapping the neck volume pot to a 500k and the bridge tone to a 300k. I think that might just do the trick.
  4. Hi, the bridge pickup in my Gibson Les Paul Traditional ('57 Classic plus) sounds really bright compared to the neck '57 Classic, which is rather dark. I lowered the polepieces to get the harshness out and there is a difference, but the pickup still has that bright character. The pots are the stock 300k volume and 500k tone. Is there a way to dial out the treble, especially on the higher strings, by playing with the pickup and polepieces height?Or maybe vintage output pickups in the bridge are really just not for me. I love the Duncan Custom in the bridge of my other Les Paul. I also have another one with a Duncan Slash bridge. It has a bit of the same brightness as the '57 Classic plus, but the crunchy mids are what make it great. I don't hear that crunch in the '57 Classic plus, just the treble.
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