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    Replacement Pickups for PAF tone

    I have a 2018 chinese tokai sg custom. It plays great. It just has those cheap ceramic pickups designed for more output and gain than suits me. What pickups should I put in there for a paf style? I can afford to ball out and get Lollar Imperials or Duncan Antiquity, but I wanted to consult...
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    Imagine an SG...

    but ugly. Very, very ugly.
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    Looking for new pickups on Chinese Tokai SG

    I’m not into the ceramics it came with. What should I put on it? It’s actually a 3 pickup SG Custom, but who knows maybe I’ll take the middle one out. Just looking for classic paf tone.
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    I love MIJ Gibson copies!!!!

    I feel bad for people who haven’t realized you get 90something% of a Gibson for Epiphone prices!!!! I can’t wait for a week or two when this baby arrives from the land of the rising sun and then i change the pickguard and...
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    How does an SGJ "play/feel" compared to top line SG?

    So you aren’t married to a junior over a standard you are just budget conscious. This one is way better than Epiphone, but i don’t know how it competes pricewise in lefty models if you are American because they are so rare. If you are in the UK (I’m assuming those because we are speaking...
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    NGD : Tokai USG 65, MIC ‘61 SG Custom Style

    Oh yeah and Estudio 54 (the Spanish store it came from) threw in a great gig bag even though it specifically said no bag or case. I think they did it because they couldn’t give it the setup they (and all the smart mom and pops) use as a selling point for why we should buy from them and not the...
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    NGD : Tokai USG 65, MIC ‘61 SG Custom Style

    I think the weight is perfect (not heavy and not a cheap feather), but I don’t have a strap so I can’t comment on neckdive.
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    Which MIJ brands have batwing pickguard SGs?

    Hmmm. I was just figuring that i could get a MIJ of equal (or even better) quality to a modern Gibson for 3-500 fewer bucks. And as a Japanese American I’d take that deal any day. Now if the prices are equal that is a different story.
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    NGD : Tokai USG 65, MIC ‘61 SG Custom Style I fell in love with it in pictures and it has matched my expectations. The pickups are the only drawback, but for $510 (it was on sale, do not know why the page has the pre-sale price) I was expecting to...
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    Which MIJ brands have batwing pickguard SGs?

    I really want a quality Japanese SG, but not with an angel wing pickguard. I love the batwing. I’ve done a lot of research and Cool Z (fujigen) appears to be the only modern one. And even they switched to the angel in the last few years after producing batwings beginning around the year 2000...
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    Epiphone Launches "Inspired By Gibson" Collections

    In YT videos I have seen complaints of how lame and obvious it is because the finish is clearly different on the beveled edges.
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    Epiphone Launches "Inspired By Gibson" Collections

    Wouldn't that just be a Gibson for $850-1k? Or even better get a Japanese off reverb. For the 5-750 there are what I have been told are Gibson custom shop level used Japanese LPs and SGs. I wouldn't think basses to be any different.
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    New Japanese Tokais VS recent Gibsons

    90% pickups?????????????? You are out of your mind. Why would companies spend all they do on wood if that was the case?
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    SG Junior clones

    They can't legally sell to the US. There are many, many brands that use the open book in Japan. I know they sell to the UK, other parts of Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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