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Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby muggs » Mon Mar 27, 2006 3:41 pm

Hello,

I was considering changing the pickups on my 2001 Les Paul Studio. I am not really sure though. I want a creamier tone than the stock pickups are yielding. However, I dont want to lose any bite. I already have a Strat with Texas Specials so I kinda of wanted to setup my Les Paul to be a "Cream Dream" in terms of sound. Should I leave the factory pickups in it and turn to my amp to get that tone or should I install new pickups? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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RE: Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby trguitar » Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:39 pm

I like my stock pickups on my Studio just fine. I'd try some knob twisting first. They are good pickups.
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RE: Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby ofcluke534 » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:44 pm

Gibson or Epiphone? Gibson stock pick-ups sound pretty good. Some EMG battery powered sound excellent on the Epiphone.
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RE: Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby muggs » Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:05 am

It is a Gibson.

I was looking at the Pearly Gates to replace the stock ones. Can anyone tell me the difference in the sound?
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RE: Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby stratman_27 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:52 am

What kind of amp are you playing? I had a Les Paul Deluxe with Bill Lawrence pups several years ago and they were like a vintage LP pup. I had no problem getting a "creamy" sound out of my Peavey Classic 30. Back off the bass, boost the mid and treble bit and crank on the gain. There's a fine line between shred and creamy. If you can distort the power tubes before the preamp you'll get that naturally compressed "Santana" type sustain and tone which is what I think your looking for. If your looking for a more "Cream" like Clapton, Bruce, and Baker sound you might want to try some sort of "fuzzface" effect.

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RE: Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby muggs » Tue Mar 28, 2006 3:11 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-27-06 AT 10:13 PM (EST)]Fender Blues Jr w/Reverb.

Yes, Santana is close to what I am looking for. Good sustain and thick rich sound.

Thanks! I will try to get it dialed in.
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RE: Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby trguitar » Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:10 am

I got a Pearly Gates on my Kramer Standard Pro. Less power than the 490R on the Studio. Might be a better blues pickup, but I don't know. Mind you I didn't put it there, the guitar came with a JB at the bridge and a Pearly Gates at the neck position. The Studio has a 498T at the bridge too and that is a fairly hot pickup, but I like hot!
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RE: Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby rustyslide » Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:57 am

>Fender Blues Jr w/Reverb.
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>Yes, Santana is close to what I am looking for. Good sustain
>and thick rich sound.


I have the same pickups as you in my Paul and I can get a Santana like sound from Mesa/Boogie- and (slightly less creamy and more crunch) Marshall- type amps.
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RE: Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby blues power » Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:53 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-28-06 AT 08:53 AM (EST)]i have an 02 LP std with burstbuckers. i always hated the trebleyness and i shopped pups for about a year or so. at the same time i hated to spend another $150-200. so i experimentd with diff caps and found a pair that worked really well.

but it was still lacking something. so after much debate i bought a used Boss GE-7 EQ pedal for $30.00 on ebay. now i can dial in any sound i want from heavey blues to twang to balls to the wall rock n roll and i guess even metal if i were to dare.

so try that route b4 you go spending "money for nothing" on pups that may or may not give you what you need.
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RE: Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby ricochet » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:43 pm

Glad to hear you experimented with caps. You can do a lot more with those to cut excess brilliance than you can with pickups.

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RE: Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby 1dustyeod » Tue Mar 28, 2006 3:59 pm

Santana is using an Ibanez TS9 these days.....

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RE: Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby muggs » Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:22 pm

I agree, the Stock pups are hot. I will attempt to get my amp dialed in. The amp is new to me and I may just need to get used to it. I was actually boosting the bass trying to soften the sound. I will try to lower the bass and increase the mids and trebs...

Thanks for all the feedback.
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RE: Pickups for me Les Paul

Postby ricochet » Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:42 am

If you get the bass up to where it's distorting a lot, it doesn't sound great. Gets really muddy.

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