Hello! Thisq thread is going to be more of a complaint than anything else. Maybe someone can be of assistance here. I have a 1986 Les Paul Custom in "Clownburst" (as they call it). Anyway, I love the action on this thing, very smooth and heavy like an anvil. Now onto the problem...my tone. My tone is shit (in my opinion). Maybe it's the amp im using, maybe it's a cheap cable maybe... hell iono what it is. When I think of Les Paul Customs, I am reminded of that beautiful warm fuzzy feeling you get when someone plays it on a clean channel. My amp is a Marshall MG 250 DFX (solid state of course) so I'm thinking thats why I'm not getting that fuzzy feeling, and my pickups have the (stamped) 2737842 number on them, which I've heard are not even the PAT. NO. for the pickups, something about a trapazise peice or something? I also own a Marshall Class 5 but I sent it back home before I got the custom (I'm stationed in NC so I don't have alot of room) so maybe I that's what Im missing. So my whole main point of this thread... what's up with these pickups? They are capped with faded gold (worn out is more like it) and to me, they just don't sound "old" enough. The only tone I like out of the custom is the middle position with volumes turned back and tone down to about 7 or 6 on both knobs. My main complaint is the bridge pickup. It doesnt have that Gibson bite that I expect.....but then again, maybe it's my amp. I mean it's a Marshall sure, but it's not tube.. *sigh* I rant, WAY too much. Sorry if this is confusing, I just dont know how to word what I'm thinking.