Originally Posted by splinteh
What are the best type of pickups? Right now I own the 498 t's that came on my Epiphone Les Paul custom. So far I've heard of Seymour Duncan's. What other choices are there? Is there anything better?
splinteh... Your question is way too broad. My advice would be to listen to your favourite guitarists and pick out the tone you like. In some cases, you can get close to that sound with a pickup choice. In other cases, there's just too much manipulation of the signal going into the amp (and the amp itself) to ever come close.
Play more, listen more, and visit the websites of the mainstream winders... DiMarzio, Gibson, Seymour Duncan. They all have sound samples as well. It's a great starting point.