New Pickups for my G400

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  1. dub-setter

    dub-setter Well-Known Member

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    yap....


    but even a little "tidy up the mess"
    epi s doin with their wiring
    can please your eyes a bit though...:D



    in my case, i changed some (switch/jack/tone-cap for my prefered value)
    of the electronics

    because i dont trust epis quality much in this
    (toggle /output f.e)

    but that s a different story.
     
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    The only reason I know it's a bit visually messy down there, is because I switched pups. If not that, I would never had known.

    My Epi toggles still work properly after years of flipping them up and down. But I do take care of cleaning/lubricating them at least once a year. As for the output jack, it only needs to have its prong bent towards the inside and it'll bite your cable tip flawlessly forever after.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I bought a second hand SG where the previous owner decided to "upgrade" the wiring. I gutted everything to "tidy up the mess".

    [​IMG]
     
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    Does it sound better ? Apart from in you mind that is :cool:
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    My ears hear no difference.
     
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    Well and so... I have two Epiphones and both of them began crackling in the switch, so I replaced the wiring harness in both and have had no more trouble. You guys might be right about Mod Fever Hype... but it's also possible that high quality components help make better tone.
    Someone should create a poll... or maybe someone already has.

    I recommended changing wiring rather than pickups, because it's simpler
    and less expensive than replacing pickups, which was the OP...

    Anyway, the OP gets to read all our discussions and make up his own
    mind. My colleagues above do know what they are talking about.
    I value their opinions myself, even if we don't agree. Personally,
    I enjoy modding Epiphones. So that's part of the puzzle, of course.
     
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    That's where it all resides :h5:
     
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    I upgraded the pots, added 50's wiring and quality switch in my 2004 Epi SG G400 but left the stock Alnico Classic pickups. I figured I would change the pickups someday. Hasn't happened in two years and I'm thinking it never will. It's killer as is! My Epiphone SG (5).JPG
     
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    What do you play it through ?
     
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    Good humbuckers set, Switchcraft switch and CTS potentiometers change the life.
     
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    I use a Marshall DSL40C and a 1981 Twin Reverb and various pedals.
     
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    That's it. Switchcraft and matched 500K CTS pots. Original pickups for now.
     
  14. Beery Swine

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    The after market pups I have experience with are Seymour Duncan distortions, full shreds, and the jazz neck, and EMG 81 and 60.
    I'm not really a fan of EMGs anymore, tho they're still great for Slayer and Metallica riffing specifically. The SD distortions are amazing and VERY high output, but you might prefer something not quite so hot. The full shreds are almost as hot as the distortions, have a lot of bass yet don't sound flubby at all, very tight and precise attack on the full shreds. The jazz neck I have sounds incredibly sweet, bright, precise, and while I've never played a '59, I imagine I'd prefer the jazz over it any day, based on songs and solos and demos I've heard that I know the '59 was used on. I wouldn't mind having a guitar at some point with a nickel covered jazz set.

    Many tone freaks swear and cross themselves by the SD Seth Lover pups, you might try those out if they're on a guitar at your local store.

    I'd personally never replace the Epi SG's alnico classic pros, even if all I was playing with them was thrash metal, but your mileage may vary. I've played some Gibson '57 classics, too, but only for a couple hours in the shop. Great pups for any style, imo.

    Best advice is to just go to the store and try some guitars out using your amp or something similar, see what sounds good to you. You may need to install the same electronics that guitar has as well, but idk, that's just what I've heard.
     

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