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Old 03-21-2007, 02:08 PM
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Bad Les Paul feedback


Guitar model - Epiphone Les Paul Custom.

Pickups - Stock epiphone h'bucker.

Year - 1998.

Problem - Very bad/ loud / piercing feedback at high volume/gain.

I've put copper shielding tape in the pickup cavities and on the back of the cover plates (then ran out of tape). The problem is still there.

Q - Is there an easy fix for this or do I need to change the pickups and/or wiring loom ? I don't mind paying up for new pickups if that's the only way to fix it as the guitar landed cheap (155).

Cheers in advance,
Ben
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Old 03-21-2007, 02:35 PM
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Re: Bad Les Paul feedback


Sounds like you've got microphonic pickups. Happens a lot with cheap ones. You'll need the current ones re-potting in wax by someone, or to be honest you may as well buy a new set of your favourite brand/type. I'd upgrade the pots/switch while you're at it too - makes a big difference for a small cost.
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Old 03-21-2007, 02:43 PM
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Re: Bad Les Paul feedback


^ cool ! Thanks for your advice.



Ben
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Old 03-21-2007, 03:25 PM
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Re: Bad Les Paul feedback


I'll just add a +1 to what bikeman said.
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Old 03-21-2007, 03:32 PM
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Re: Bad Les Paul feedback


+2 He's hit the nail on the head.
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:27 PM
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Re: Bad Les Paul feedback


Bikeman,

Just wanted to than you again for the pointer towards microphinc pickups. I've just tried holding them up to my mouth and talking into them and I could "clearly" hear myself.

At this point a complete pickups, pots and switches change is gonna be a no brainer.

thanks for the heads up.

Ben
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:22 PM
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Re: Bad Les Paul feedback


No problem matey - glad I could help! Just remember if you're changing to US spec pots you'll need new knobs and you'll have to widen the holes in the guitar body. It's up to you if you think this is acceptable, otherwise you'll need to find good quality "import" size pots.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:26 PM
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Re: Bad Les Paul feedback


I got this from Stew-Mac:

http://www.stewmac.com/tradesecrets/...0018&clk=83975


I think this addresses all your questions and will give you the best approach on fixing the problems.

Jimmy

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Old 03-21-2007, 07:56 PM
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Re: Bad Les Paul feedback


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I got this from Stew-Mac:

http://www.stewmac.com/tradesecrets/...0018&clk=83975


I think this addresses all your questions and will give you the best approach on fixing the problems.

Jimmy
Dude that's perfect !

Thanks very much guy's I appreciate all the help.

Ben
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Old 03-21-2007, 08:03 PM
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Re: Bad Les Paul feedback


You've gotten some good advice Ben! I hope it all turns out well!!!
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Old 03-23-2007, 12:59 AM
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Re: Bad Les Paul feedback


Nice wiring kits here as well...

www.martinsixstringcustoms.com
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