help me pick a humbuckers

sundin4prez

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hi..i recently just bought a epiphone sg ,  the one with 3 pickups......well i bought without mr trying for cheap and plug it in and everything i play is so dam distorted....does anybody have suggestions for a new bridge pu that wont cost me a arm and a leg.....by the way i play pink floyd sounding tunes



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jackthehack

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Having just rewired an Epiphone LP for a kid, try replacing all the pots/caps/wiring first, the quality of the wiring/electronic parts in Epi $500 class guitars is appalling and certainly could be a contributing factor.

What do you mean by "an arm and a leg"? There are tons of different choices as to replacement HB pickups, most are going to run about $100/ea.
 

bpmorton777

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hey

id have to ask...what are you plugging in to? When i was eleven and didnt have an amp i used to plug into my stereo system and that would distort like crazy.

Brian
 

sundin4prez

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hi,  im plugging it into a marshell half stack that ive had for years... my other humbucker guitars sound good on it but not this epiphone..............im good with spending $100 dollers each on pickups but i dont want no 200 dollar a peice things that my local shop has.......



any suggestions.......i will change the pots during the week or next weekend to see if theres a difference



thanks...
 

jackthehack

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Well, you could do it like a vintage SG custom, and put SD '59s/PAFs necks in the neck/mid postions and a bridge at bridge.  I just finished the Quilt Strat Custom build and used a Rio Grande TX BBQ set in neck/bridge and an SD Jazz in middle position, that works REAL well, I can use the Jazz mid position for rhythm and the TX/BBQ for lead.

I don't know what they use for PUs these days, I have a couple of Epiphones, an early '90s ES-335 and a '57 TV model LP Special copy from late 80s/early 90s, the humbuckers in the 335 are good enough (sound pretty damn close to SD '59 PAFs or what comes stock on a Gibson of the same flavor) that I never bothered to upgrade them.

 

sundin4prez

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thanks ill try the sd's......the sg just bugs me bacause i cant get a nice sound out of it......distortion or more distortion... watcha like?
 

CD

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musiciansfriend.com

music123.com

http://www.stevesmusiccenter.com/DimarzioPickups.html

etc
 

Soloshchenko

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jackthehack said:
Having just rewired an Epiphone LP for a kid, try replacing all the pots/caps/wiring first, the quality of the wiring/electronic parts in Epi $500 class guitars is appalling and certainly could be a contributing factor.

What do you mean by "an arm and a leg"? There are tons of different choices as to replacement HB pickups, most are going to run about $100/ea.

Add to that the machine heads and pickups. As a guitar teacher I always warn people, particularly young players who like LPs, away from purchasing this dam awful brand of guitars. How Epiphone have continued o have maintain good sales figures in todays market baffles me.

My advice is this: if you want to spend little but get a quality humbucking guitar sound check out the Yamaha AES or (even better IMHO) the PRS SE Singlecut models. Both make any epiphone models look like pieces of mouldy cheese.

 

Phrygian

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sundin4prez said:
do you guys no any sites where i can buy pickups besides warmoth?

Aamp's (http://www.aampselectricguitarstore.com/), I unjustly bashed them in one of my previous posts because they didn't have what I ordered in stock.  They don't have an online inventory system, so if you're in a hurry, call to find out what they've got.  Bruce almost always answers the phone, and he's a really nice guy.  He doesn't carry SD pickups though.
 

sundin4prez

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thanks guys...i have pricier guitars but i was offered the epiphone for such a good price....i plan on gutting the whole thing and starting from scratch.,.....by the way i love the neck on this
 
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