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#1 gafbass02

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:36 PM

Ive just got an epiphone les paul lp300. Which Sounds great but feeds back like a banshee at gig volume. Is there Anything I can replace it With that keeps the cool chrome cover look but Is less feedback prone?
My V has an invader in it which is amazing but very expensive and not attractive at all!
I use a high gain sound but don't struggle with the invader at all.
Trouble is:
A im skint, so it can't cost a load.
B I'd like to preserve the chrome covered look if at all poss.
C I know nothing about guitar stuff!!

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 12:53 AM

Heard good things about GFS pickups, although I've not had first hand experience. Apparently they aren't a million miles away from the 'big' names, and are supposed to be pretty great for the price. I've got my eye on some of their humbucker-sized P90's to spruce up my Epi

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 01:31 AM

Wizard do guitar pickups too http://www.wizardpic...egory=Humbucker
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Posted 18 January 2012 - 08:03 AM

I had a GFS before and it wasn't immune from squeal nor did it really sound as good as I wanted, I ended up replacing it with the Seymour Duncan JB I should have bought in the first place.

I'd say keep an eye out for second hand deals here or on other forums. If you want a great all-round humbucker, the Seymour Duncan sh-4 can be bought with a cover. There are also hundreds of Gibson 490t owners out there looking to sell. You can buy a pickup cover seperately and apply it to most humbuckers if you really want the look.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 08:52 AM

Cool, some good stuff there. Cheers. Didn't know you could add a cover, I looked at wizards but they are all 70 quid, which may as well be a million to me lol. :)
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Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:14 AM

Yup

http://www.stewmac.c...kup_Covers.html

The point being you can get the humbucker you like the sound of and deal with the aesthetics afterwards.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:50 AM

Not familiar with Gibson-type stuff but If it sounds good as is, what about potting the pickup?

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:00 AM

Best kept secret in the guitar world (loathe to let it go, but you are in need) early 80s Hondo 2 Les Paul copies came with Di Marzio Humbuckers that are utterly brilliant. You can pick up the guitar for about 35 quid on the bay, strip out the pickups and sell off the bits to make your money back. I have got a few sets of them this way, and still have one set in an epi SG which is now lovely.
Just make sure they are not the shiny paf looking ones, as those hondo ones are unbuckers, and sh*t.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 12:33 PM

double check the polepiece spacing, i had an epiphone les paul and it had wider spacing than a gibson (so the lovely seymour duncan JB i scored from ebay didn't line up) personally i prefer the zebra uncovered pickups in a les paul but each to their own, ebay can throw up bargains if you search carefully, i paid about 25 quid for the jb and they sound great, (especially matched with a 59 or a jazz at the bridge)

another option might be catswhisker, slightly cheaper than wizard and all built to order (you tell him the tone you want and he builds the pickup)

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 12:35 PM

ooh and don't forget wilkinson, the pickups in my vintage les paul were amazing! proper early Peter Green tone.
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Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:44 PM

That's handy. Cheers dude. I let a secret go last week, so maybe it's karma! Course now it's in public ...

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Best kept secret in the guitar world (loathe to let it go, but you are in need) early 80s Hondo 2 Les Paul copies came with Di Marzio Humbuckers that are utterly brilliant. You can pick up the guitar for about 35 quid on the bay, strip out the pickups and sell off the bits to make your money back. I have got a few sets of them this way, and still have one set in an epi SG which is now lovely.
Just make sure they are not the shiny paf looking ones, as those hondo ones are unbuckers, and sh*t.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:45 PM

Cheers for the help guys. :)
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Posted 22 January 2012 - 02:48 PM

Iron Gear pickups are both brilliant and cheap.
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Posted 22 January 2012 - 05:06 PM

Ooh, the Iron Gears do look nice.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:14 PM

GFS are generally pretty good - I've had a few sets of both humbuckers and single coils. Gaf - I'll have a look to see if I still have a set of GFS Nickel '59s sat around.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 05:42 PM

Bless ya! This forum is so lovely. I've just been offered some pickups from our very own leschirons too.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:58 PM

Dang! I just realised I haven't looked. Will try to do so tonight.

OK, I looked. Sorry feller - I found none and counted 'em twice to make sure. I don't remember selling them, but they weren't in my pickup stash.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:00 AM

That's alright bud. It's literally the thought that counts. So kind of you mate :0) cheers loads
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Posted 28 January 2012 - 12:57 PM

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:11 PM

Depending on whether you like the gain to come from the guitar, or the amp, the Seymour Duncan 59 is a great pickup. Not a high gain pickup at all, but turn the gain up on your amp and it sounds great, really good rock tones, bit like Slash. Back off on the volume on the gtr, and it cleans up nicely.
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Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:52 PM

All my gain comes from my floor effects so it's pretty much on or off doesn't clean from the volume control at all luckily I'm a bit crap so that's fine :-)
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