02-04-2013 06:02 PM
Since I got the PRS 245 which I really like, I've decided I might try and sell my Epi Tribute LP. It comes stock with Gibson '57's in it, with the nice coil tap feature. I was thinking about putting these in the PRS, and the PRS pickups in the Epi. The 245 pickups are pretty good btw. But covered '57s in the PRS would look cool, and likely sound a bit better. If I were to sell the Epi on CL, I think the price would be about $475 (they're $600 new), or $375 with the PRS pickups in it. Do those price sound fair? Keep the Epi stock, or swap out pickups? Not meaning to spam here either, I'll likely sell locally so I don't have to deal with shipping.
02-04-2013 06:10 PM
02-04-2013 06:14 PM
I think the value of that Epiphone goes way down if you take out the 57s.
The 57s are really the main reason why someone would be interested in that particular Epiphone Les Paul. They're a big selling point of the guitar... anyone searching for that guitar is most likely looking for one because of the pickups.
Take out the pickups and all those people searching for it are going to be a lot less interested.
Leave the 57s in and really get to know the PRS pickups a bit better before you swap them.
Yeah that's kinda what I'm thinking too. The stock 245 pickups are good. Was thinking of a set of DiMarzio 36th Pafs in there too.
02-04-2013 11:01 PM
I'd just leave the 57's in so the buyer feels more like they're getting a unique and upgraded instrument, then sell the stock pickups to somebody who will get good use out of them in a project guitar. That saves you the time of swapping them back out, and you have the option of either buying another set of 57's or trying something completely new.
EHX could clean out my anus.
Delicious HOG enema.
02-05-2013 03:51 PM
Ian exactly what do u want the pups do?? More mid range, lows, highs etc?
Ooh, you have a new ID here, man I'm going to be confused for a while here! I don't know if I can describe what I want the pickups to do. It's sort of a I know it when I hear it thing. The PRS stockers sound quite good on their own. The neck can get slightly muddy, but same with the '57's until you coil tap it. I'm going to leave it stock for now. I usually don't like to replace pickups on guitars, I find that most of the time the upgrades cost more than they're worth, but maybe I've never really had to upgrade crappy pickups in the first place, with really excellent ones. I'd like to have like a dozen guitars in a row, same style, but with different pickups, and play one after the other to see what I would really like.
02-05-2013 08:42 PM
i agree with the above, not may people would want prs pick ups in a LP so unless you are planning to give it away don't.
Keep it until you are done honeymooning with that PRS.
02-06-2013 05:38 AM
Yeah I'll keep the Epi stock. It's a good guitar for sure. But the PRS is the better player. Feels better built, the fretboard plays a lot faster, tone is similar even with the cheaper pickups in it. Sexier looking too. And cheaper, so pretty much my LP gas has died down, for now. I'll probably want a USA version next.
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