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post Jun 25 2008, 12:36 PM
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Hello all.

I want to upgrade my epiphone Les Paul Custom and Fender Mexican Standard Stratocaster with a better pickup choice than stock ones.
The truth is I have absolutely zero tongue.gif experience in choosing pickups. I did research a little bit already (specially humbuckers).
The sound i want to achieve for epi LP is Slash's and/or Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi). So for LP, I was thinking of Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro APH-1 in neck and a Dimarzio Paf Pro or Seymour SH-1 for bridge. (Is it ok to mix brands? Any problem with intermediate PU positions?) Someone has experience with those or have other suggestions?
My holy grail sound for strat would be to have a David Gilmour for lead and a sultans of swing sound on neck+middle. happy.gif
But actually I am clueless about single coil choice. unsure.gif

Still, I feel that choosing pickups are kind of blind decision... I mean, you cannot take your guitar to a shop and test all of them (as you can do with pedals for instance...). I found some sound samples, but they are not really fair (as players, amps and guitars change over manufacturer sites)
Can someone shed a light? rolleyes.gif

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post Jun 25 2008, 12:52 PM
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I say Fender Texas Specials for the Mexican Strat. Best pick ups in my opinion for Strats.


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post Jun 25 2008, 01:52 PM
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For the Gilmour's check out this EMG DG20 DAVID GILMOUR!!
For the slash's check out the Seymour Duncan Slash alnico II pro!
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post Jun 25 2008, 05:37 PM
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QUOTE (Danilo Capezzuto @ Jun 25 2008, 08:52 AM) *
For the Gilmour's check out this EMG DG20 DAVID GILMOUR!!
For the slash's check out the Seymour Duncan Slash alnico II pro!
Good luck mate! wink.gif


for the LP id also go with the seymour duncan Slash alnico II pros they arent very signature which i think is good---versatile

As for the Strat id go with whatever u find for the rhythm and mid but for the bridge id choose a HOT RAILS humbucker it fits single coils though


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post Jun 25 2008, 06:32 PM
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I totally LOVE Di Marzio PAF pros, they are awsome! but I think for the sound your looking for the Duncans would be ideal smile.gif


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post Jun 25 2008, 06:38 PM
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Dont forget Stan Hinesley his pickups are awesome and well priced to i have 2 sets 1 set of hellcats for the start and a Kasmir (neck) + Hellion(Bridge) on my Ibanez check out the sound clips this guy hand winds every single pickup himself
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post Jun 25 2008, 07:24 PM
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Thanks for the answers so far. I am deeply checking the the Texas Specials and DG-20 characteristics now.

For LP, I am very inclined to give a go for the Alnico II Pro for neck. I just love Slash sound when he is soloing with neck pickup. The bridge however will be a hard decision...

About the stan Hinsley. Some of the sound clips are really great. But something really called my attention
"Scorpion Sound Clip Performed by Muris Varajic (2nd half split coil)" ohmy.gif
Amongst other pickups tested by him...

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post Jun 25 2008, 07:30 PM
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All Muris's Pickups are Stans on his MK he uses a Rouge/Le Grange/Custom Desperado in the neck plus i believe he uses a ZEN(neck)Scorpion(Bridge) on his Musicman you cant go wrong with them seriously if you email Stan tell him what type of sound you want what your guitar is made from he will assist you he is very helpful and friendly.Plus the La grange set are his type of Texas specials so check the out to $199 is a bargain biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif


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post Jun 25 2008, 10:10 PM
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Mixing brands is cool. With both guitars you have a wide choice. For strat I recommend putting all three different pickups for experimenting. You can later easily replace the one you don't like.


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