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post Feb 9 2008, 03:56 PM
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I have an Epiphone G-400 and I want to buy Gibson Angus Young Signature humbucker.

Does it make a big difference in sound? And I saw there online for like 130$ but that's only 1 humbucker. Is this normal? Isn't it better to buy 2 of them?

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post Feb 9 2008, 04:03 PM
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The Angus Humbucker is for the Bridge position so maybe you want to buy a good neck pickup too. The Angus will definitely sound better than the epiphone standard pickup.


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post Feb 9 2008, 04:11 PM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Feb 9 2008, 04:03 PM) *
The Angus Humbucker is for the Bridge position so maybe you want to buy a good neck pickup too. The Angus will definitely sound better than the epiphone standard pickup.

But it isn't necesary that I buy a new neck pickup right away?
Because the most of the time I play on the bridge pickup and the standard neck pickup isn't that bad.


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post Feb 9 2008, 04:16 PM
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QUOTE (Mrblomme @ Feb 9 2008, 09:11 AM) *
But it isn't necesary that I buy a new neck pickup right away?
Because the most of the time I play on the bridge pickup and the standard neck pickup isn't that bad.


Yes, you must change them both that the same time, if you don't, the pickup conformity police will smash your door down at 3 in the morning and take you away to a work camp in the frozen tundra.

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post Feb 9 2008, 04:20 PM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ Feb 9 2008, 04:16 PM) *
Yes, you must change them both that the same time, if you don't, the pickup conformity police will smash your door down at 3 in the morning and take you away to a work camp in the frozen tundra.

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QUOTE (fkalich @ Feb 9 2008, 04:16 PM) *
Yes, you must change them both that the same time, if you don't, the pickup conformity police will smash your door down at 3 in the morning and take you away to a work camp in the frozen tundra.

laugh.gif that's right

But if you still want to get only the bridge pu it's of course not a problem techincally, it may fit nicely with the neck pickup ot it may not. But there's absolutely not a problem besides the conformity police that fkalich mention laugh.gif


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post Feb 9 2008, 08:20 PM
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QUOTE (Mrblomme @ Feb 9 2008, 02:56 PM) *
I have an Epiphone G-400 and I want to buy Gibson Angus Young Signature humbucker.

Does it make a big difference in sound? And I saw there online for like 130$ but that's only 1 humbucker. Is this normal? Isn't it better to buy 2 of them?


It'll make a difference in the sound. It won't give you Angus' tone perfectly because the pickups are only one piece of that equation. Big enough difference to be worth $130? Depends on your ears.

Pickups are sold individually because there's no reason to pair them up, really. You see certain sets together a lot (EMG 81 and 85, for example) more because people are trying to replicate a particular tone than anything else. I tend to prefer the idea of using different pickups to add to the possible range of tones a guitar can produce. I just wish there was a better way to tell what they're going to sound like.

There's an interview out there of Angus somewhere about how in the early days he and Malcom shared one backup guitar...its bridge had one of Angus' pickups and the neck was one of Malcom's.


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post Feb 9 2008, 08:53 PM
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QUOTE (Scott Gentzen @ Feb 9 2008, 01:20 PM) *
It'll make a difference in the sound. It won't give you Angus' tone perfectly because the pickups are only one piece of that equation. Big enough difference to be worth $130? Depends on your ears.

Pickups are sold individually because there's no reason to pair them up, really. You see certain sets together a lot (EMG 81 and 85, for example) more because people are trying to replicate a particular tone than anything else. I tend to prefer the idea of using different pickups to add to the possible range of tones a guitar can produce. I just wish there was a better way to tell what they're going to sound like.

There's an interview out there of Angus somewhere about how in the early days he and Malcom shared one backup guitar...its bridge had one of Angus' pickups and the neck was one of Malcom's.


Take a look at the gibson burstbuckers. i have those, get harmonics well, and very sweet sounding. i have the burstbucker 1 and 2 pair, i think they try to be like the PAF pickups. Very clear tone. you might look at the burstbucker 3, have not heard it, but it is supposed to have more high end. My burstbuckers don't have a huge amount of the shred upper band harmonic, but that is not necessarily bad. the harmonics on the treble range below that really ring out. A very clear tone, have not heard a humbucker so clear, except for fender. But it does not sound like a fender.

now gabriel has the 490R/498T pair I believe, and that 498T does pickup more of the high band harmonic. but to tell you the truth, I think I like the burstbucker more, even though I hit pinch harmonics a lot.

i would expect that the Angus is probably a more like an extreme 498T with more upper band, but not sure.

one reason I am not fully enamored with the real high band harmonic range, is that I think it tends to cancel outl the high frequencies below it. that is what it seems to me. but I like it once in awhile, but my 498T has been enough to satisfy me in that regard when I crave that metal trash can scraping sound.


edit: when I say "clear sounding" I mean below that high band harmonic range. sure a screamer pickup with that is going to be more clear, but more clear in more of a way that will make you dog head for his cubby hole in the next room.I mean clarity in the range below it. funny thing is, I think I can get as good, or better ringing harmonics with my burstbucker than the 498T, even though the latter has noticeably more of that high hand harmonic range. that is why i say that I think you tend to cancel out the range immediately below that, when a pickup accentuates that high band range. could be wrong, just seems that way based on my observations.

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post Feb 9 2008, 09:25 PM
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I want the nice sound of Angus (or something like it) is it good to buy the Angus pickup?
Is it good "enough"?


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post Feb 10 2008, 04:18 PM
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It will make a difference, that's for sure. FIrst upgrade the bridge and then if you like it, upgrade the neck too.


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post Feb 10 2008, 09:46 PM
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Ok I dont have the money right now but in a month or 2 months I'll buy them. smile.gif


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QUOTE (Mrblomme @ Feb 10 2008, 10:46 PM) *
Ok I dont have the money right now but in a month or 2 months I'll buy them. smile.gif


Have you bought the Angus Young Pickup? smile.gif
I'm just curious to what it sounds like smile.gif

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You mean don't have the money for the bridge?

PS you dont' really need to buy signature pickup. Trust me, this is not the pickup that will make you sound like Angus. I would go for some cheaper Seymor Duncan alternatives. If you ask me - you won't notice the difference on your guitar.


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yea, my tex mex can pretty much emulate a good AC/DC sounding guitar.


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The original Gibson Pickups are far superior to the epiphone ones, so a change will for sure improve your sound.


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