Epiphone Les Paul Standard upgrades...

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Long time lurker, first time poster - just wanted to say thanks to the community for such great tips and content over the years, it’s helped me tremendously through this project and others. I recently traded a Yamaha accoustic of for this epi LP standard and after playing it a few weeks, I just couldn’t quite get the sound that I was looking for. My first thought was coil split and add new pots/caps but then I started hunting for replacement pups in addition. The Neck had a really murky Epi chrome cover pickup and the bridge was a very hot (15k) Zebra, mystery pickup, that the owner wasn’t even sure of the history on, as this guitar was relatively new to him. Either way, I was looking for more traditional/classic LP sounds and got the kids to bed Saturday night and went to work With the soldering iron. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the zebra mystery bridge pup was an EVH (which I’m saving for another project), and While I was originally hunting for some Seymour Duncan’s, I came across some Burstbuckers (1&2) via Craigslist for $100, and just couldn’t pass that up. Long story short, the photos tell the story - my soldering job is abysmal, but I had about an hour to do everything since our neighbors were having a huge party and it was only a matter of time before they woke my girls up. All in all, it was a lot of fun, i threw in a tusq (my go to nut of choice) and the burstbuckers have way exceeded my expectations. I’d do it again in a heartbeat and am really loving the outcome - this LP standard has really morphed in to a tone machine. I’m playing with the pickup heights now (the neck can be a little boomy on the low end, but Otherwise it’s very warm and the bridge is just a sizzler - what a fun player)!
 

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Congrats! :welcome: to My Les Paul!
Thank you - it was a fun journey for sure - I can’t seem to leave well-enough alone with my guitars, so I’m already looking at tulip locking tuners next ;). Either way, it’s very fun to play and the sound has transformed so much with just the simple pickup change - night and day difference for sure!
 

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:welcome:
Nice looking guitar too.
 

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:welcome:
Nice looking guitar too.
Thank you!! I have a black Gibson LP Custom too, that I don’t play nearly as much as I should - I got this one just to be my “beater” and loved the color - it’s transformed in to something truly special...
 

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Beautiful rich dark burst ! You did good I'd say.
 

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Beautiful rich dark burst ! You did good I'd say.
Thankyou!! The “seller” was a great guy, he was just done with electrics and wanted to go acoustic - I’ve been there before myself, but I’m back to electric and this trade I just couldn’t pass up
 

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Nice!

Welcome to the forum!!
Thank you - it’s taken me forever to join up, I just had some down time today and took the leap since I finally had something to share (the “build journey”). I appreciate everyone’s insight over the years - it’s given me the roadmap to give the upgrades a try - lots of fun for sure and a great experience!
 

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nice man!! :slash::welcome: :welcome: :welcome: :welcome: :welcome: :slash:

how do you like the burst busters? thinking about finding a set my self.
 

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nice man!! :slash::welcome: :welcome: :welcome: :welcome: :welcome: :slash:

how do you like the burst busters? thinking about finding a set my self.
Thank you!!
If you’re in the market for burstbuckers, I can’t recommend these highly enough. The BB1 in the neck is super warm (clean mids/highs, etc., it has you covered). The BB2 in the bridge is great for articulate leads/solos, any sort of classic rock crunch, it also has great tone. The Alnico 2’s (I think?) are part of the secret sauce in these - I’ve even been able to replicate acoustic sounds with both neck and bridge too (I have two small kids that aren’t great sleepers, so I use irig and tonebridge with headphones a lot at night on the rare occasion that I can sneak off and jam).
I’ve been playing with the pickup and pole heights - on heavy distortion sometimes the neck can get a little boomy (Which I think may be by design and true to historical form), but otherwise I haven’t found any sounds that these don’t handle with ease and as clear as a bell. YouTube clips of burstbuckers are good, but if you get the opportunity take these for a test drive in person, I think you’ll like them a lot and see what I mean.
I’ve had some tell
Me that the BurstBucker pros are even better than these BB1-3’s, and I’m not a good enough player to recognize a difference above or beyond this level, and truthfully, can’t even imagine what that would sound like... maybe even more historically accurate? I’m not sure, but these definitely give me what I was after.
 

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Thank you - it’s taken me forever to join up, I just had some down time today and took the leap since I finally had something to share (the “build journey”). I appreciate everyone’s insight over the years - it’s given me the roadmap to give the upgrades a try - lots of fun for sure and a great experience!
It's a wonderful forum. Great knowledge and members.
 

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It's a wonderful forum. Great knowledge and members.
I can clearly see that this group is as welcoming, nice and knowledgeable as I always thought they’d be - it’s nice To be a part of the team!
 

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:welcome: to the forum.
Nice pics and nice guitar. Enjoy
P.s it says alot when you play the epi more than the gibby doesn't it.
Epi's are great guitar's.
 

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Very nice and welcome! I've got BB1/2's installed in my Custom and couldn't be happier myself.
 

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Welcome!!!!
Awesome guitar, what year is it from?
 


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