In praise of OEM Epiphone pickups

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  1. Rick Davey

    Rick Davey Member

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    I appreciate your taking an interest in helping me out.

    I tried that serial number summary here but I couldn't match up to anything.

    The number is I5031511442.
     
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    I5 should be Saein (Korea) 2005, but Trad Pros didn't exist before 2011.
    Can you take a picture ? It would make more sense of it was 15 instead of I5.
     
  3. Rick Davey

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    Not doing well with photos.

    15 is correct.
     
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    I think it has an Alnico Classic Pro at the neck.
     
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    Thanks, BGood. Did they use something different in the bridge?

    From the S/N guide, is it Qingdao 2015?
     
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    I did an A/B test with ProBuckers and a Gibson. They sound IDENTICAL. The owner of the Gibson said the same thing. I'm picking up more ProBucker sets to install in other guitars. Epiphone makes some GREAT pickups.
     
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    Watch out for cheap ones on eBay, they're likely copies. Epiphone usually has some for sale, but they seem to be out of stock for now.
     
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    Overall I've not found all that much difference between my Epis and the Gibson equivalents my jam buddy owns. One area might have been hardware and electronics but now the latter has even been upgraded.

    We put both my '56 Gold Top Tribute and my first ES339 to a comparison test one day through his Mesa TA15 and there was no difference at all between the Gibson Humbuckers and my Epi Humbuckers. The Gibson P90s were just a hair grittier than my Epis but there are many things that could be the reason for that. Frankly I prefer mine because they clean up better when I role back on the volume which could also come down to a different taper on the pots. Still, even at full volume the difference was marginal.

    I have no quarrel with those who prefer their Gibson I just can't justify paying 3x-5x more for one that is in no way 3x-5x better than what I prefer to spend on. I have owned Gibsons in the past but the Gibson name and reputation no longer adds enough value to pay their price. JMHO
     
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    My 2014 was made at Samick, Indonesia.
    Neck: Alnico Classic Pro
    Bridge: ProBucker-3
    And yes, they were (sold it) great!
     
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    I really think they're getting better and better. I've had several Epi Les Pauls from the 90's till now and my new Probuckers 2/3 sound excellent.
     
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  12. Al from Durham

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    I, too, think that the differences among pickups are minimal when one is playing dirty. Most of the sound is the dirt.

    Now if you're an aficiando of dirty playing, the pickup differences are probably a big deal. To me the differences among cables is a big deal. But I don't play dirty so what do I know.
     
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    sooooo the cable is more important than the pickup then? :wow:

    Sorry...but that’s just absurd.

    Granted. If you need all the treble available, the lowest capacitance cable will help you get it. No argument, it’s real. But what is that Gucci no-capacitance oxy-free braided cable connecting??

    ...basically, Your pickup to your amp.

    Now there is a nearly infinite range of dirt. From the most unrecognizable noise to that Zone where people like John lee hooker, B.B. king, peter green, srv, scofield, Jerry Garcia, Keith Richards and a TON of other players spend most of their time.

    Completely different sounds and pickups and it’s easy to hear the differences.
     
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