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    Default Re: Pickup Upgrade for Epiphone Les Paul Standard

    Quote Originally Posted by regan View Post
    what Gibson's stock pickups do is get you 90% of the way there for all those different tones & aftermarket pickups refine it for you

    For some players, Gibson PU's get them 90% of the way, or 100% of the way. For others they don't. Gibson's approach seems to be:

    "We'll put good pickups in our instruments, if you like them, fine. For those who want different or better ones you can buy those elsewhere. We're not trying to compete in the PU aftermarket. We're a guitar maker. We make our own PU's for economic reasons, as it's cheaper than buying someone else's. We're not slugging it out with high-end PU makers on tone, authenticity, or quality. We price our PU's to give our guitars a higher perceived value. That's where our profit is, guitars not pickups."
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    Default Re: Pickup Upgrade for Epiphone Les Paul Standard

    Quote Originally Posted by blueman335 View Post
    For some players, Gibson PU's get them 90% of the way, or 100% of the way. For others they don't.
    To be fair you could make that statement about any product in any market ever, it isn't an objective assessment of said products quality or not.

    edit: It would be fascinating to know what portion of professionally recorded & released music used stock pups compared to aftermarket,what pro players & producers use day to day, that would be the acid test
    Last edited by regan; 06-20-2019 at 10:31 AM.

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    Default Re: Pickup Upgrade for Epiphone Les Paul Standard

    Quote Originally Posted by regan View Post
    To be fair you could make that statement about any product in any market ever, it isn't an objective assessment of said products quality or not.

    edit: It would be fascinating to know what portion of professionally recorded & released music used stock pups compared to aftermarket,what pro players & producers use day to day, that would be the acid test
    Iíve always been curious to know those numbers too.

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    Default Re: Pickup Upgrade for Epiphone Les Paul Standard

    until the late 70's, everything was pretty much stock pups

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    Default Re: Pickup Upgrade for Epiphone Les Paul Standard

    Well thatís about 45 years since then though.

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