Pickups?

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  1. Steven Westberg

    Steven Westberg Well-Known Member

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    What is your favorite pickups in your Epiphone??
    I have Seymore Duncan p-94’s they are pretty nice.
    Thanks Seymore!
     
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    Well that depend a lot on the guitar itself.

    I have a Duncan Designed HB102 in my LP Jr. It's the cheaper version of the JB, and I like it in that guitar. I'm also not going to put a $100 pickup in a $90 guitar. But it sounds pretty good and splits well.

    Epiphone stock pickups can be pretty good. My Dot has Probuckers in them, and while they weren't original to that guitar, they did come stock in the donor guitar. They sound amazing in the Dot. And then my Genesis has some really hot ceramics typical of the time it was manufactured. I think they're a little hot for what I play, but I don't think I can bring myself to change pickups on a guitar that's almost as old as I am.
     
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    Fullmoon 1971 Well-Known Member

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    New pots and decent capacitors make a world of difference soundwise to the overall sound quality of even the lower end alnico classic pickups in the lower priced models.
     
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    My P90s.....LOL
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    casino.jpg es339.jpg
     
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    I'm with Soulman on this.

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  6. Greg Dunn

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    Epis weak link has always been the electronics, that's the first things to go when I get a new guitar. If I don't wind a set for it myself then I like to use SD pickups.
     
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    Maybe in the past but not anymore. They use CTS pots now and ProBuckers are great pickups.
     
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    Just remember there are different grades of CTS pots not all are created equal, yes they are a huge step above the past wiring but there is still room for improvement and I am sure they will continue to do so.
     
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    You sound like the last Epiphone you played was 20 years ago.
     
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  10. Greg Dunn

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    This morning actually, but I will say they are light years ahead of where they were even 10 years ago. There is promise in the way the new ownership at Gibson is treating Epiphone, I like a lot of what I see now. The CTS pots in the new ones aren't the same pots that go into Gibson guitars, but that doesn't mean they are junk.

    The Probuckers are getting really decent too.
     
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    Do you really expect one answer? :)

    The P90s in the Casino Coupe and the Gibson 57s in the LP Trib +
     
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    I like 'em too. Took me about 5 years to acquire all of them and in the order I listed them. The ES339 was the final touch.
     
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  15. Antigua

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    ProBuckers are top notch. If you have a newer Epi with them, there's no need to change the pickups. What plagued older pickups was brass metal parts, and non-vintage coil specs, but with the ProBuckers, they've made a point to get those two things right.

    The only genuine exception IMO are the Casino pickups, the metal covers suck up a lot of treble. There are some chrome plastic covered P-90's on eBay with will give a Casino the clarity you get with other plastic covered P-90s.

    Changing the pots and caps makes no difference whatsoever. If anyone wants a detailed explanation why, I'd be happy to explain.
     
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    Highly recommend WARMAN pickups.
    I have them on my Les Pauls , SG's and Strats especially. Dirt cheap and kick Wilkison's out the park.
     
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    I have one Epiphone and it has Gibson P90s in it. They are some of the best sounding and most versatile pickups ever made.
     
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    Epiphone P90 are as good. I have yet to come accross a P90 (soapbar or dogear) that sounds bad.
     
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    Yup, the Epi P-90’s do really sound good. One pickup I never would replace.
     
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    Epiphone Firebird pickup. So good i installed in my Gibson Custom shop non-reverse Firebird
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