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Just wondering how many of you went with Gibson pickups as an upgrade in your Epi's and how did you like them?

I thought the stock Epiphones were pretty good but I wanted to put the same Gibson 498/490 set that was in the Gibson LPC in my Epi LPC. I couldnt believe how dead on it sounded. Nearly identical. The set really made a Good guitar a Great guitar IMO. You can find em cheap used as well as it seems everyone pulls these from their Gibsons. Im tempted to try the Ceramic 500/496 set the LP Classics come with.

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the early epi hums were average' date=' the newer ones are hotter. i think the change was around 2002[/quote']

Yeah the newer p'ups arent bad by any means and are better than avg. IMO. I just get a kick out of how a pickup change at times can make a big difference. That being said my 70's Magnum LP copy never sounded so good as with my Epi pickups installed.

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I put pickups out of an older SG with the covers removed' date=' big difference in tone between these and what was in it stock...[/quote']

Beautiful guitar.

And depending on the age of the SG you jusT may have either the 490/490 or 490/498 set.

They do compliment each other quite well.

Hell if Epiphone offered Gibsons on their other models like the new Prophecy's and upped the charge a little I sure wouldnt complain.

I spend anywheres from $90-$200 on a pickup set swap anyways.

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not too bad, but i'm going for some ken lollar p90s.

the casino are kind of thin.

 

no roll off on volume knob either

eventually may do a replacement for pots, etc.

 

the guitar itself has needed less maintanience than my more expensive gibson

also stays in tune like a mother. great ax.

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I have to say I don't like the ceramics, ok for metal but too harsh for my tastes. I like a 70s classic rock/blues sound and alnico 2 magnets seem to do that best. I have standard Burstbucker #1 and #2 at the moment, with a Kent Armstrong inbetween....but this Epi will go on the Bay next weekend to fund my latest purchase; a Fender Tele custom flame maple top in cobalt blue. It's one of the Koreans, with USA Duncan pickups and coil tap. All mahogany, set neck, cream binding on body and neck.

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Beautiful guitar.

And depending on the age of the SG you jusT may have either the 490/490 or 490/498 set.

They do compliment each other quite well.

Hell if Epiphone offered Gibsons on their other models like the new Prophecy's and upped the charge a little I sure wouldnt complain.

I spend anywheres from $90-$200 on a pickup set swap anyways.

The exact year is 1974, and we looked 'em up, and some guy named Bill Lawerence was doing their pickups at the time, and like I said, the difference between these and the stockers is like night and day, and techy only charged me 75 bucks for the pair, I'd maybe compare them to the 490/498 combo, they sound really nice though.

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I have LP 100 and I pulled bridge pup for Burstbucker 2. Much better tone/feel to it than stock pup. I also have a p-94 on the way to replace neck pickup, which sounded fine with epi pup in bridge, but once I dropped the BB2 in there, the neck sounds dead and muddy. Anyone had any experience with Burstbucker/P-94 combo? Curious how they will compliment each other. Like their tone individually, but if used in middle position, curious how the tone dynamics play off one another.

 

StumblinMan

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I just swapped out the pup's on my epi dot with 57 classic PAF's. I should have done it a long time ago because this thing sounds awesome. What a difference. It went from an ok sound to an incredible sound. Also changed out the pots and switch. Well worth the money IMO.

 

ZEEK

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