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  1. If you want to learn more about PU's, magnets, pots, caps, resistors, wirings, etc, come by the Duncan forum.
  2. The 500T/496R set has ceramic magnets, which are not a good choice for 335's. Cermaics are very high output, and have a stiff, sterile sound to them, which is why they're great with lots of distortion, but they're not as good clean. Alnico magnets have more color and character to their sound. I've picked up used 490's, 498's, and a 500T on eBay over the years. To get the tones I want, I ended up swapping magents in all of them. 490R's have A2's, which makes them dark in the neck slot (too dark to work well with a bright 498T), so I put in A5's to open up the sound; big improvement, l
  3. +1. As an owner of many Epi's, I agree with all of what he wrote.
  4. And after you change out the pots, keep the guitar in a case or gig bag to keep them from getting dirty again.
  5. All of us have made mistakes like that at some point. Welcome to the club. But that's how you learn.
  6. Three excellent choices. Can't go wrong with any of them (I have all four). The SG (G-400) will be the lowest priced of these. LP's are heavier and have a warmer tone with more low end. SG's are thin and have more mids and high end. 335's have a good amount of mids and low end, and also have rich acoustic overtones from the semihollow body. Clapton used all three designs in his Cream years, and they sounded fuller and 'heavier' than the Strats he he switched to ('Crossroads' vs 'Lay Down Sally').
  7. Angus Young is 5'3" and has no problem playing SG's, long neck and all. If he can reach all the frets, anyone can.
  8. There's a few options. One is to add a push-pull for phase. You can add 4 push-pulls and get the Jimmy Page system, which does phase, coil cuts on each PU, and links the PU's in series. Cool stuff, but not quite a quack. You can also get HB-sized P-90's, which are true single coils, but not the puny Fender kind, so they sound fuller. If you visit the Duncan Forum (Pickup Lounge) one of the guys there came up with a 'coil swap mod' that takes the slug coil of the bridge HB and pairs it with the screw coil of the neck HB, which makes a "virtual HB", like a Strat in position 2 and 4. Th
  9. Coolest-looking vibrato ever. I have a red '65 Epi, I think there were only 400 or 500 made, so it'll take a while to find one. Keep checking eBay, they pop up once in a while. There's also black '65's with gold hardware, and a small number of alpine white '65 Customs which are beautiful. The only current/recent production Epi SG with a maestro is in pelham blue. The problem with putting on an aftermaket maestro is that the quality is spotty and they are expensive. They look kind of plain without engraving. To retro-fit one you have to remove the stop bar, and that leaves two big h
  10. Probably dust/dirt in the pots. I'd just replace the pots. Doesn't take any skill to solder new ones in.
  11. +1. I have a few G-400's, and would never bother with an LP100.
  12. Soldering's the easist part. If you can change a light bulb you can solder. The first rewiring/soldering I did was on a 335 (pulled the pots out and put in two push-pulls). The second was putting the 4 push-pull Jimmy Page system in a Epi Les Paul. No prior experience, no handyman skills, no electrical or soldering knowldge what-so-ever. All you need is a good wiring diagram, good lighting, a fan, and an old towel to set things on. Take your time.
  13. I have an SG Prophecy and am not overly impressed by it, seeing how much more they cost than G-400's. You're better off buying a used G-400 in good condition and upgrading the PU's yourself. The cheaper models of Gibsons (Fadeds, Specials, etc) can be hit or miss; they're not using the same woods as the models that cost twice as much, and the workmanship isn't as reliable. You're paying for the Gibson name, but not getting the same quality as the Standard models, or else they couldn't sell them that cheap. When something sells for $500 less, it's not just the finish that's different. The
  14. Yes. '59's are very good PU's. I have a couple sets of them, including in a full hollowbody. Nice clear vintage tones. They're fairly popular so you should be able to get them for a good price.
  15. Excellent choice. Look for a used set.
  16. +1. That's how to to get a nice guitar for a minimal investment. Look for a deal on a used set-neck import and buy a couple used high quality PU's online. Get Dan Erlewine's book: 'How to make your electric guitar play great' and you can do your own set-ups. Learn a few easy basics and you can save a lot of money. Getting a cheap entry-level guitar isn't the bargain it seems to be.
  17. +1. I have a few G400's (SG Std). Great value. Upgrade PU's and you'll have a first class tone (I get them used online).
  18. Most Dots do not have thick necks (I've played/owned many), most Epi's in general do not have thick necks. I don't think they really do it by model, which has a fat or thin neck. Epi necks just vary, as they do on Gibsons. Don't exclude a model just because a few examples have a certain size neck.
  19. And that's the thing. By the time you replace those parts to get it enjoyable to play, you could have gotten a G400, Dot, or LP Std/Studio.
  20. Yes!!! This is the way to do it. You're MUCH better off with a good used guitar than a new cheap one.
  21. I get most of my guitars used, and save a lot of money that way. I don't get any of the bolt-on neck Epi's (everything on them is made cheap) as it's just an exercise in frustration; you're much better off with a set neck model, like a G-400 SG Std, which often go pretty cheap used. Good guitars. I've gotten some good deals on used Dots in great condition. Check out eBay, Craig's List, and local pawn shops. Once in a while an LP Std or Studio will go for a low price. For $200 to $250 you can get a nice set neck Epi that orginally sold for $400 to $500. Much more guitar for your money.
  22. I upgraded the PU's on my Casino. Unless the pots and toggle are shorting out and giving you problems, there's no need to replace them, won't do anything for the tone. The biggest thing you can do to improve the tone on an import guitar is to upgrade the PU's. Does more than everything else put together. You'll need a pair of dog ear P-90's, and most come with plastic covers. To retain the noise-reducing benefits of metal covers if the old covers don't fit the new PU's, you can either put aluminum foil inside the plastic covers (punching out holes for the pole peices) or buy new afte
  23. Depends on the version; I think they're made both ways. They also have a huge variety of PU's: HB's, mini-HB's, Firebird HB's, and P-90's.
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