No...he was playing great instruments with sets of highly sought after pickups already. Did JP mess around with all kinds of things to get the sound he was after? Damn straight he did. The difference between these guys and us is they can damn well afford to do whatever they need to to get the best they gear they can find...but they are obsessed about details nonetheless. Are pickups on the list? I know they are. Is it the only thing? No probably not...but it is on the list. You can bet on it...and they don't buy cheap crap off the shelf either and just call it good.