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. EchoOne30

    EchoOne30 Senior Member

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    I had my pickup selector changed as it was loose, and am finally getting a bone nut put in. But other than that, I don’t know. The pickups on the standard are pretty good to my ears. I consider changing them but they’re almost as expensive as the guitar itself. Would it sound that much better?
     
  2. KristianJ

    KristianJ Member

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    I guess I'm lucky that my 2 Epis were pretty solid in the state that I've bought them in (my 1960 Tribute as per factory, and my Gold Top with 50s wiring and upgraded pots/caps).

    Not sure what P90s went into Korean LPs in the mid 200s, but they seem fairly decent.

    If anything I'd probably go for some aesthetics and look for black switch covers, otherwise it's all good to me.
     
  3. jimmyjames

    jimmyjames Senior Member

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    Got an "Inspired By 1955" Custom a month or so ago. No sonic enhancements required,(good pots, '50s wiring and Gibson P90s are standard issue) Gonna put some older tuners on at next string change, and subdue the goldie stuff, in keeping with the olde black finish :cool2:
     
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  4. sasquatch

    sasquatch Premium Member

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    If there is one thing left for my '55 It could be tuners, but Mine honestly work great
    however I can't get my eyes off of wafflebacks...
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fr...k+tuners.TRS1&_nkw=waffleback+tuners&_sacat=0

    My guitar did require new switch and wiring, getting rid of ...or perhaps just modding ..the OEM rat-nest that was there.
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    I mistakenly ordered a nickel mini Switchcraft toggle, but in the end it was kept due to the 'did they even have a Gold piece then?' mentality.
    It sure set it off ok
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    I did buy conversion posts and what I thought was an ABR-1, however the Mighty Mite bridge I ordered from Stew-Mac for the close-out price of $5 would rather fit a Casino than work for my Les Paul. The spacing is just too wide
     
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  5. freak

    freak Silver Supporter

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    I put those same pick ups (hot rodded humbuckers) in a Gibson Les paul Studio. Beautiful sound. Great choice.
     
  6. Mr Insane

    Mr Insane Senior Member

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    My '94 Epi Custom will be getting P94 pickups soon.
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  7. lovekeiiy

    lovekeiiy Senior Member

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    I changed out the knobs.
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    Now looks nice to me. Amber just stuck out like a sore thumb
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  8. Travis19

    Travis19 Senior Member

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    Did this to an R6 years ago, and I certainly have no regrets:

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  9. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Hey Jeff, did you do the swap?
     
  10. sevignyjoe

    sevignyjoe Junior Member

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    its totally wort it . i bought a a epi custom in july so far i have changed out the pick ups with sd pearly gates,50's wiring went from speedknobs to top hats plus gold pick guard les paul.jpg . gonna do locking grovers next. the pick ups and the wiring were a huge change in tone . sounds exactly how i wanted it too . i am into still for less than a stock gibson studio
     
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  11. PierM

    PierM Black & Gold Premium Member

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    For my Epi '55 I did this;

    PLT Convertor Posts Import to SAE 6-32 Gold
    PLT ABR1 Gold
    PLT Alu Tailpiece Gold
    Switchcraft Toggle Gold
    CTS 500K Taper
    .47 Paper in Oil Caps
    Gibson Switch Plate
    Gibson TopHats
    Gibson Historic Knob Pointers Gold
    Gibson Historic Strap Buttons
    Tusq Nut

    I'm not used to mod to much, but Epiphone hardware and wiring was garbage (imho), so I had to do this. Apart aesthetic changes (mandatory to match new inch parts), tone improved quite a lot, especially clarity and attack. :)
     
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    D96BB9D3-0554-487D-A0F9-5EA25F1B15A3.jpeg Mine has not had a new nut yet could use new tuners I like locking ones I think gotoh do some kluson style. One of mine got bent when I knocked it.
    Mine has slash signature pickups, cts pots, sprague orange drops, vintage braided wire, switch craft jack and switch. Slash trussrod cover and snakepit decal. I love it. It’s a Korean 96 , was my late uncles to begin with.
     
  13. Pflug

    Pflug Senior Member

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    I have 20 Epi Les Pauls- only one with original pickups and no other mods (Tribute Plus)

    I like tinkering on guitars whether or not it's really necessary and I'm less hesitant to tear apart an Epi or an inexpensive Squier than something higher dollar- my Gibson Studio remains untouched- not because its necessarily "perfect" but because I paid a lot more lol.

    It also means I've probably spent at least twice as much on each guitar than its resale value
     
  14. pmacko

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    On my 2016 Epi Les Paul Standard Plus Pro I changed out the pickup selector switch as the original one gave out. I replaced the Amber knobs with gold speed knobs and the biggest change was a Dimarzio PAF Master in the bridge pickup. I really love that pickup. It changed the whole tone of the guitar. It's a wonderful instrument. The only thing I want to do next is to replace the neck pickup with a Dimarzio 36th Anniversary. Changing the bridge pick up let me see the difference with the original pickups and to me, its a world apart.

    I've no interest in resale value as this guitar will be buried with me if my family follows my exact instructions because I swear, I will come back to haunt them if they don't. And not the kind of haunting where I watch over them and guide them in their future lives. I mean the kind where I scare the hell out of them any time I feel like it.

    They also need to find a Viking boat
     
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    LOL
     

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