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post Apr 13 2009, 12:32 AM
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Hey guys im about to buy a les paul custom and put PURPLE dimarzios in it (paf pro and super distortion) I know that gold hardware plus white finish plus PURPLE pickups will be amazing looking. BUT black pickup rings AHHHHH. Can i have them completely removed? thanks. Also how are the pickups im about to get?


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post Apr 13 2009, 03:58 AM
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post Apr 13 2009, 10:00 AM
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Im pretty sure the rings are only a finishing item around the pickups, the BFG doesnt have any rings and uses a burst bucker bridge pickup, if youre taking the guitar to pieces anyway you can have a look and see whats underneath.
For the record i think youre insane to destroy a LP custom with purple pups that you havent tried!
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post Apr 13 2009, 11:15 AM
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The pickups are mounted in the pickup ring with a screw, down through a spring and through the pickup-metal-platform.

Without the ring the pu would sit loose, an alternative is to mount the pickup with a couple screws directly into the body.
The downside to that is that you can't raise or lower it.
I did that on a singlecoil once but before putting the pickup in place I put a screw in the middle (in the cavity) and a spring mounted around it. So the head of the screw would mark the bottom position while the spring will push the pickup upwards. Then I put the pu ontop of this and fastened it with one screw on each side into the body.
Make the screws prytty lon so it stays in place, max 2,5-3 mm thick so you won't destroy the thread on the pickup holes.

Now it works to lower and raise the singlecoil pickup while it's mounted in the body of the guitar.


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post Apr 13 2009, 12:29 PM
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QUOTE (sted @ Apr 13 2009, 05:00 AM) *
Im pretty sure the rings are only a finishing item around the pickups, the BFG doesnt have any rings and uses a burst bucker bridge pickup, if youre taking the guitar to pieces anyway you can have a look and see whats underneath.
For the record i think youre insane to destroy a LP custom with purple pups that you havent tried!

Haha Don't worry, this LP is a fake smile.gif And my friends dad who is a tone freak has these pups and i loved the sound of them, just was wondering what you all thought.


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post Apr 13 2009, 12:44 PM
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I will come by and beat you up for installing purple pickups in a Les Paul! mad.gif

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Joke aside, the only thing you can do is to direct mount the pickups into the body, a luthier can do that, but believe me it is not going to look nice! Les Pauls aren't factory buitl for a direct mount so there will be a lot of space arround the pickup left where you can look directly into the pickup cavity (which might be badly painted, or not painted at all)

This is how it looks on a guitar that was built for a direct mount:
http://www.atomicguitarworks.com/images/flourine1_xiuv.jpg

Now imagine a 1/4 inch gap going arround your pickups>not so nice

I would get a set of pickups rings in a diffrent colour, maybe in gold to match the hardware!


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post Apr 13 2009, 03:34 PM
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Change the pick up rings as Zakk says! You can get them in quite a few different colours!


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post Apr 13 2009, 11:54 PM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Apr 13 2009, 07:44 AM) *
I will come by and beat you up for installing purple pickups in a Les Paul! mad.gif

tongue.gif
Joke aside, the only thing you can do is to direct mount the pickups into the body, a luthier can do that, but believe me it is not going to look nice! Les Pauls aren't factory buitl for a direct mount so there will be a lot of space arround the pickup left where you can look directly into the pickup cavity (which might be badly painted, or not painted at all)

This is how it looks on a guitar that was built for a direct mount:
http://www.atomicguitarworks.com/images/flourine1_xiuv.jpg

Now imagine a 1/4 inch gap going arround your pickups>not so nice

I would get a set of pickups rings in a diffrent colour, maybe in gold to match the hardware!



QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Apr 13 2009, 10:34 AM) *
Change the pick up rings as Zakk says! You can get them in quite a few different colours!

Haha i love purple. I'm going to look for some purple or white rings thanks for the tip


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post Apr 14 2009, 12:24 AM
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QUOTE (Marshmall0wz @ Apr 12 2009, 06:32 PM) *
Hey guys im about to buy a les paul custom and put PURPLE dimarzios in it (paf pro and super distortion) I know that gold hardware plus white finish plus PURPLE pickups will be amazing looking. BUT black pickup rings AHHHHH. Can i have them completely removed? thanks. Also how are the pickups im about to get?


If new, I would really think about the Reissues over the custom. And I never change pickups.

I would not make a les paul look different, you would be about the only person that would like it, any modification of a les paul on ebay lowers the price.
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post Apr 14 2009, 01:50 AM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ Apr 13 2009, 07:24 PM) *
If new, I would really think about the Reissues over the custom. And I never change pickups.

I would not make a les paul look different, you would be about the only person that would like it, any modification of a les paul on ebay lowers the price.

Well its a good thing im buying a guitar for me than smile.gif


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post Apr 14 2009, 01:03 PM
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QUOTE (Marshmall0wz @ Apr 13 2009, 11:54 PM) *
Haha i love purple. I'm going to look for some purple or white rings thanks for the tip

Have a look at these!!!
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post Apr 14 2009, 01:14 PM
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He can't install those! Les Pauls need sculpted pickups rings because of the round top...


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Purple???..... I mean... purple????????? .... PURPLE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!


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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Apr 14 2009, 01:14 PM) *
He can't install those! Les Pauls need sculpted pickups rings because of the round top...

They'd only need a slight modification!


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post Apr 14 2009, 09:34 PM
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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Apr 14 2009, 11:44 AM) *
Purple???..... I mean... purple????????? .... PURPLE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

haha gotta be unique


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well... yeah.... but.... purple??????? wink.gif


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post Apr 16 2009, 02:11 AM
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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Apr 15 2009, 03:28 PM) *
well... yeah.... but.... purple??????? wink.gif

hahahahaha fine how about pink AND purple wink.gif


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