How many customize their LPs??

Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by jeff_farkas, Nov 9, 2017.

Is it worth it?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. jeff_farkas

    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    1 I plan on the 50's wiring and 500K pots all the way around. And I had planned on the toggle switch as well. Get it all changed over.

    2 My plan was to check with the tech and if he thinks it's needed I was going to have him put a bone nut in. But, the black sounds cool from an athletics point,

    The upgrades aren't needed but I want to do them to make this my guitar. It's just the touches that will make me love it that much more.

    Thanks.

    Jeff
     
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  2. DB Chuckster

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    Put a JB/Jazz set in my epi lp Classic and was a massive improvement. Put the Whole Lotta Humbucker set in a walnut SG and that thing is insane. Upgrades to epis are totally worth it.
     
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  3. AudioWonderland

    AudioWonderland Senior Member

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    Replaced the pots/caps with an RS kit 50's style and the pickups with a set of antiquties I have owned forever in my Standard. Everything else is solid. No need to change
     
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  4. BadMojo

    BadMojo MLP Vendor

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    If it makes you want to play it more.. it’s definitely worth it.

    Do it up!
     
  5. leifpaul

    leifpaul Senior Member

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    hmm, more like upgrading on my part
     
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  6. Destroythevoice

    Destroythevoice Senior Member

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    Didn't read the entire post yet to know if you purchased them yet.. but I actually am a huge fan of the SH-1 59 neck pickup and the SH-5 Custom or SH 6 for bridge pickups combo. (I'm a metal player.. But these are very versatile pickups in my experience)
     
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  7. jeff_farkas

    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    A member is selling me a pair so I'm all set. But thanks for the advice.

    Jeff
     
  8. Jymbopalyse

    Jymbopalyse Senior Member

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    I've made similar modifications to two of my three Epi's.
    And like you, they weren't needed, but it did make me feel more a part (funny apart almost means the opposite) of my guitar. Sounds silly, but I can't even bare to part with the old clunker Custom I picked up to try some of these upgrades on.

    Sounds like you have a tech all lined up and the modifications are inevitable.
    Be sure to let us know what you think of the mod's once you have had a chance to play it!
     
  9. jeff_farkas

    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    Will do.. the tech I had originally wanted to do the job is no longer in business so I have to use a local guy, He does good work and the prices are decent.

    Jeff
     
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    Koebiguitar Member

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    You bet
     
  11. Koebiguitar

    Koebiguitar Member

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    Good advice Kumpel
     
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    scozz Senior Member

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    I do on some, some others I have are stock.
     
  13. truckermde

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    I used to change everything on my guitars, mostly because I enjoy doing it.

    I'm not doing as much lately. I have a Yamaha that is completely stock, except for the knobs and p'up covers; so strictly cosmetic. My LP is stock except strictly cosmetic swaps, like knobs, switch-tip, and tuner buttons.

    Hell, I'm a bit surprised to admit that three of my four electric guitars have the stock p'ups, and the one with an upgrade has only the bridge p'up swapped out.

    I guess part of the reason I'm not doing it is because I simply can't find the time anymore, and another reason is that guitars have gotten so darned good lately.
     
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    Petergrifindor Senior Member

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    I went from this:

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    Your guitars, your rules.
     
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    I replaced the knobs with reflectors on my honeyburst, gives it a vintage-y look.

    I need to replace the nut - it's sticking on the G and B strings, and I'm thinking of replacing the Probuckers with Pearly Gates....
     
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    I changed pots, caps, wiring and pick ups on my 2013 LP Trad Pro not long after I bought it.

    It has been my #1 for years now.
     
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    I did a lot of work on my 97 Epi Les Paul. I changed tuners, added Tusq nut, changed neck pickup to GFS Lipstick Humbucker, changed Bridge pickup to GFS Dream 180, changed all pots to Alpha Pots with coil tapping, added a traditional stopbar in place of the vibrato, changed pickup frames to chrome, changed the finish from Gold Flake to Vintage Aqua.

    I love it, the neck and body was great as most Epis are but the pickups, hardware and electonics were pretty cheap. I posted before and after pics in another thread but I will post them again. I could've went with better pickups and pots but I liked the GFS pickups just fine and I really wanted to keep the cost low.
     

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    My Goth. Wouldnt have gone though the trouble if it hadnt been a great LP to start with. Beside the obvious.. A bone nut, Nashivlle bridge and IronGear pups. Played around with vinegar and dissolved steal wool to age/darken the wood and finished it off with a few layers of nitro.[​IMG]
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  19. GuitarMechanic

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    I have that same one and I like it.
    Had a broken wire inside so 1950s wiring here we come.... Probably change pickups too
     
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    Some parts need replacing right away,
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    However, most of the time the guitars come with no problems.
    This was a need and desire all in one,
    and the outcome couldn't have been
    any more to my liking.
     
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