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post #31 of 41 (permalink) Old 09-12-2007, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hey, cool, no I was actually asking an honest question - Les Pauls seem to sound best, at least to me, with low output pickups - the original concept of the Maple Cap on a thick Mahogany was to have the warmth and body of the Mahogany, but with a bit of extra attack and sparkle from the Maple - the hotter and more middy the pickups you put in the guitar, the further it gets from this original tonal concept - Having played gazillions of Les Pauls when I worked in one of Sydney's top Gibson dealers, I always found the Standards and reissues with the 57s/Burstbuckers just nailed the Les Paul sound (for me in any case), whereas any LP with hotter pickups, including the Classic, just seemed to become progressively more generic sounding, and seemed to loose something of the intrinsic Les Paul tone.

In terms of your basic guitar requirements, I noticed someone has put up a Zakk Wylde Epi for sale in the classifieds - don't they have an unfinished Maple neck and EMG 81/85s?

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I have never been too into the active pickup thing, but it might be something to look into, I have played EMG equipped guitars before, the most recent being a steve lukather model EBMM.. I liked the pickups in it (HSS.)

If i could get buy the bullseye design I might enjoy it.. I do not dislike the design, i just might get wierd looks if I play it in church :P..
Does anyone own one?

---weren't emg's designed for jazz players originally?
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dang.. i just checked that guitar out and it has the passive hz emgs...
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Here is a pick of my CS les Paul. I just love them. Their is something about a Les Paul that just feels right. (to me anyway)

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why's that?
Well, I like the look and tone of LP's, but they are very hard to get used to after years of easy playing Ibanez and (gulp) Zachary's. I even wanted an ESP eclipse for awhile, thinking it would be better because of the body contour but the bridge is so high off the body I couldn't get used to it. You might like it if you are one of those really skinny guys who wears their guitar hanging down by their crotch.
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Ibanez Artists make a good LP substitute as well. I switched from LP Customs to AR-300s in '80 when I was still out playing regularly.
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I bought this recently, SZ4020ntf



I also have this amzingly well-made and toneful axe that I prefer to an LP dbl cut, LP or Ibanez Artist - '96 USA Hamer Special FM with factory JB/'59 pups.



I see these USA Hamers going for $700-$1000 on the 'Bay. A great deal for what it is considering to have one made from Hamer USA is around $2200 nowadays.

Just my 1 1/2 cents
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Well, I like the look and tone of LP's, but they are very hard to get used to after years of easy playing Ibanez and (gulp) Zachary's. I even wanted an ESP eclipse for awhile, thinking it would be better because of the body contour but the bridge is so high off the body I couldn't get used to it. You might like it if you are one of those really skinny guys who wears their guitar hanging down by their crotch.
i practically nipple ride.. i make it feel like i am sitting down
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Before I bought my Gibson Les Paul Supreme I thought I was going to need to replace the pickups. I was going to get a set of Suhr Doug Aldrich signatures. However, after playing it I can honestly say the stock Gibson pickups are amazing and don't need replacement. I have Seymour Duncans and Dimarzios in my other high end guitars and I'm very fussy when it comes to tone.
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i practically nipple ride.. i make it feel like i am sitting down
I wear mine high like that too. That is where I was uncomfortable with a LP. Everyone is different. If you can strap one on and still play the same as your other guitars then you might be okay. The high bridge and lack of body contour made it hard for me to enjoy. The Carvin CT-6 has a similar sound and feel, but with a recessed bridge and body contour. Check out one of those before pulling the trigger. I see them on the bay all the time.

look at this: 270162895441
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nice.. ive looked at carvins b4.. thats a good possibility.
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The Carvins are much nicer with the tung oiled neck option, much nicer.
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