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Ron G

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There's been much (and heated) discussion lately about the quality of replacement pickups. So now I'm wondering about how many folks do/don't like the stock ones in the first place, since it appears a lot of them get replaced.

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Your question needs a lot of qualifying. It's not just the Pickups. It's the guitar it self - Solid, hollow, Semi-hollow, woods used in the body and neck, strings, pick material and thickness. It's the amp your playing, the settings, the volume level. It's the overall tone you want to hear. And remember what you hear is not necessarily what others will hear.

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All four of my epi`s are stock pick-ups in them .All depends on what you like for tone.

Lots to pick from for replacement .All three of my six strings have 57 gibsons gold in them ..

But i like that sound ,so why change them .Opps i forgot i sold the one and replaced with an SG-400

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Hey Ron,

Hope all is well. I have replaced my stock pots and caps in my epi. I have a really cheap practice amp. However, I also play through a Musicman 4/10, 130Hd that I have had since the 70's. Ya, I'm that old. I also play my 76 Gibby Custom through it. The Epi does not sound the "same", but that is not what I bought it for. Fact is I am very pleased with the sound of the stock pups. I can see why others would want to change them to get more bite or more "this or that". I, for one am quite pleased with the way they sound. I do like when others talk about their change outs. I learn a lot from what they have to say. Can't say I wouldn't try something different in the future.

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I keep 'em stock, unless they go bad, for some reason? I used to change out, now and then, but the better

I got, as a player, the less it seemed I needed to change anything, but the "setups" now and then, and strings,

of course. "Tone" is so subjective, anyway. We all know "good tone" when we hear it...which is, of course,

the tone WE like. So...???

 

CB

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If you replaced any stock pickups' date=' vote "replacement". Question doesn't need qualification - Epiphone guitar, Epiphone pickups, like, no like. [/quote']

 

Seems like you just qualified your own question LOL

 

Next time you should ask the right question to begin with.

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Epi makes really good quality pickups. They have a great crunch too them along with a pretty Hot Signal.

I just prefer to change pickups in All my guitars. Always have.

Im just nutty like that. But I love the results...

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I keep mine stock on my Ultra... I once changed them on an Epi LP Classic I had, for Gibson's ( I think it was 496R and 500? ) original Classic pick ups, and IMHO, it scrapped the sound of my Epi. It was a mess..the stock pick ups were a way better...since then, I'm a little "frozen" about changing them. And BTW, they were installed by a pro tech and the tone and volume pots were upgrade with Gibson's too... and the worst part is, that when I sell that Epi, I did'nt have more money for it....

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I hate to vote replace. since the lp100 I got today surprised me..

the studios buckers left 'cause I'm not much on buckers..and used p90s.

also in my sheraton.. but it had gibsons before I put in the KAs.

 

so I'm gonna have to vote replace.. but I really think the epi pups are quite good.

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There was a time when I would have voted to replace.

 

I did not vote as, these days, I will say it depends on the pickups. Listen to them, tweak the knobs on the guitar, tweak the knobs on your amp and adjust the pickups. If you find tone you like, save your $$$. If you do not like the tone, replace them.

 

I kept the stock Epi 57C and 57CH set in my '03 LP.

 

This would be one I replaced and an example of the "older ones" that thunderstruck mentioned:

 

 

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I'm on the fence too.. I wouldn't touch the stock P-90s in my Casino, but I plan on replacing the pups in my Dot... Not that they sound terrible, but I want something with a little more clarity at the neck and a little hotter at the bridge... For some reason, they put identical pickups in mine..

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The neck is a little muddy' date=' and the bridge is harsh. IMO, Also, I wanted to experiment with the JPLP wiring.[/quote']

 

Agree there.

I felt the stock neck pup was a bit muddy and the bridge was uhm...shrilly (?).

I also experimented (still wanna try other stuff too), using push-pull tone pots for seriesparallel.

 

I like to modify stuff.

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Stock pickups are OK, but you can get much better sound from aftermarket pups. I like the SD line. Pearly Gates have made me smile in my Epi LP custom Plus Flametop. Through my Vox, they are really airy, with a presence that just makes me want to jam. Through the right amp, you can get some really kicking sounds.

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the stock pickups in my Dot sounded OK , a bit muddy possibly but when I changed to Tonerider Rocksongs last sunday the difference was huge ,much better professional sound ,much better tone spread through the range,from twang to jazz through overdrive IMHO.,I just cut and splice the wiring using solder and heatshrink ,it works fine and as there is no strain or tension on any wiring its strong .

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For some reason' date=' they put identical pickups in mine..[/quote']

 

The reason for that would be that it's the way they are spec'ed.

 

Both the Dot and the Sheraton have regular Classics in the bridge position instead of the Classic Hot. IMO this is a good thing since A) the Dot and Sheraton are not exactly designed to be metal guitars and B) the Classic Hot is an overwound piece of $#it anyway. Also, it's smart of them to have different configurations... who wants to buy a Dot and have it sound exactly the same as their LP?

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