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    hi,
    I bought an epiphone les paul. but I 've heard that not all the parts on that kind of guitar are good, so I was thinking of replacing the humbuckers, rewiring the guitar, putting on a bone nut and getting some new tuners. but I 'm kinda new in setting up my guitar so, I can use some opinions about the things I want to change. are there some part that you guys wouldn't change or would change?
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  • #2
    Re: some help for modifications les paul

    You might wanna think about changing the bridge and control pots, too.

    Have fun with the project!

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    • #3
      Re: some help for modifications les paul

      I would put an EMG-AB (Afterburner) in place of a tone control. *Shrugs* I don't really use the tone anyway, but if you don't like that suggestion then that's cool
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      • #4
        Re: some help for modifications les paul

        I've done lots of mods to two historic LP's in the last 3 years:

        1. Change all four pots to "CTS 500K Audio Taper"
        2. Change out the capacitors for Hovland Musicaps (0.22, 1000V)
        3. Change out the pups to DUNCANS! A good set of SD's will treat you right.

        Those are the most funtional mods and don't require too much work to your guitar - they are all electronics related. You should see a big difference with those three.
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        • #5
          Re: some help for modifications les paul

          I upgraded my pickups, wiring, pots, toggle switch. I also installed Schaller strap locks. I'd recommend having a luthier install the bone nut unless you have experience with that procedure. I've never seen any need to change the bridge or stop tail piece.
          ~Sid

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          • #6
            Re: some help for modifications les paul

            The electronics are the best place to start. Upgrade the pots, the switch, and the pickups, and then wire it according to the star-grounding principal (all grounds soldered to one location.) Strap locks are a must, go with either Schaller or Dunlop. If you really want to go all out, get a Tonepros bridge, locking tuners, and an Earvana nut.

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            • #7
              Re: some help for modifications les paul

              Originally posted by shark
              hi,
              I bought an epiphone les paul. but I 've heard that not all the parts on that kind of guitar are good, so I was thinking of replacing the humbuckers, rewiring the guitar, putting on a bone nut and getting some new tuners. but I 'm kinda new in setting up my guitar so, I can use some opinions about the things I want to change. are there some part that you guys wouldn't change or would change?
              In my Epi LP Standard I replaced the pickups (Custom/PGn), CTS 500k pots (I used .022 Orange Drops, but any good poly cap will work), switch, and tuners (went with Sperzel lockers). I haven't done anything about the nut, bridge or tailpiece, but if I did I'd get a complete Tonepros set for the guitar and have a bone nut installed.
              All the things I listed above made a big difference in how the guitar now performs.

              -Bob

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              • #8
                Re: some help for modifications les paul

                A new bridge could increase sustain and overall make the tone sound better, especially is it's a good replacement bridge.

                Peace.
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                • #9
                  Re: some help for modifications les paul

                  Definitly swap out the pups for SD's! As far as the rest I wouldn't go too crazy- before long you'll have spent as much as you would if you bought a real Gibson Les Paul! If the "going out of tune" thing is happening, get a set of Sperzel Locking Tuners.
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