Ultimately you need both. Some Epiphones have halfway decent alnico mag pickups but some don't and a set of SDs or whatever are a huge upgrade. So many good pickup brands now. A lot of people swap out Gibson 490R/498T sets for something fancier but they are pretty good rock pickups and you might get a cheap set on Reverb or eBay?AJK1, this advice is certianly not being ignored. I've been looking at amps as well.
Have you seen this video? It's one of the cheapest Epiphone tube/valve amps, with the right pickups and fingers it sounds OK?Welp, haven't pulled the trigger yet. I've narrowed it down to the Bugera V5, Marshall DSL5CR, Marshall Origin 5, and Blackstar HT5R MKii. Im trying to keep it to ~5 watts and if it has an atenuator/power reduction mode thats a bonus...should keep the neighbors from pounding on the front door and shooting fowl looks the next day. Lol
Just got back home from a week long vacation and with this corona thing going on I'm hesitant to go amp testing. I can't tell you how many Youtube videos I've listened to. At this point, I'm sure my girlfriend thinks my can headphones are a permanent fixture on my head now. Lol
I think they mean highs when they say height/sAlso consider the 50s wiring mod, costs nothing except time and really changes how the pickups react as you turn th ings down. If you're an "everything on 10 all the time" guy it doesn't make much difference though
Courtesy of Arty's Custom Guitars:
What's the difference between Gibson 50's vs. Modern Wiring?
- when turning down the Volume more heights are remaining
- a turn of the Tone also affects the Volume
- with the Volume fully turned up there's a little more clarity and output
- better Volume control
- turning the Tone does not change the Volume
- significant loss of height when turning down the Volume (can be reduced with a Treble Bleed)
Arty's Custom Guitars Gibson SG Original Wiring Prewired Kit 2x 0.022uf Bumble Bee Caps | ReverbGibson SG ORIGINAL Wiring Prewired Kit 2x 0.022uf Bumble Bee Caps This Prewired Kit has the Original Classic Wiring suitable for the Gibson SG, and is also available with 50's Wiring. For a clearer sound on the neck pickup (woman tone) we al...reverb.com
Nothing like that 'cyclist plowing' tone!I’ve got some Skatterbrane Yangbranes for sale on Reverb for 275.00