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Creation Audio Labs Redeemer is excellent and small enough to put in a small project box, or install in a guitar.
WCR, Motor City pickups and Rio Grande have all provided excellent pickups!
they're not Terrible pickups, but there are many superior options imo.
IME most pro studios use Mac. There are much more cost effective routes to go, if building a commercial studio is not your goal.
How much fret you loose in the level will depend on how well the fingerboard was prepped prior to the re-fret. I'd go with higher stainless steel...
You'll have a hard time with the amp you currently have. If you're really looking to get that tone, I'd get an amp more suited to those tones....
I've got a set of Motor City Detroiter's in my Epi paul. they're great! I'm surprised they aren't more popular here.
of the 3 you've listed, I'd go with a used Gibson. I like Epi's, but those prices seem high for an Epi imo.
Been there. What helped for me was, having a bone nut installed by an excellent luthier and I installed a String Butler. this item is cheap and...
I had one back in the day. Great guitars! It was Kramers answer to the Jackson Soloist. What you're getting at Ebay seems a bit high.
57 classic's aren't bad, but there's much better out there imo. I have a WCR Icebucker set and they are great! Also really like Motorcity Pickups.
I recently picked up a Moen Shaky Jimi and am very happy with it! Could not justify the cost of most vibes. I'm a big Robin Trower fan, so any of...
Just picked up a T Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon. It's the only one I could find that had both DC and AC outputs. Works great!
There's a reason Gibson is among the most hated employer's in the US.