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    NGD! Not another superstrat for a change! Pickup recommendations welcome.

    Vintage are a UK brand, making guitars in the far east for super cheap, but they always surpass their price tag by miles. Mr S has their version of an SG which smokes most Gibsons I've played, and since then I've wanted one of their Les Pauls. Fast forward about 7 years, and I finally got one

    This is their V100AFD model based on Slash's 59 LP.


    It's really solid, nice and weighty slab of mahogany, and much better put together and finished than any Epiphone I've ever played, even though this retails at about 2/3 of the price (if not 1/2).

    All Wilkinson hardware. Lovely neck, really comfortable. I love the slightly more carved neck heel than your typical LP.

    One-piece body by the looks, with a scarf joint on the neck.

    The one downside - these stock pickups are awful. So, I'd like some recommendations. I'd like this guitar to be like most other Les Pauls; a great all-rounder. I'd like to push it into hard rock territory if need be though, so something like a PAF style pickup might not be the wisest choice. I was thinking maybe something like a Duncan Custom? Thoughts?

    Vid/clips coming soon, just making this thread as I rush out the door
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    Oh yeah, that neck carve definitely looks like a plus over regular Gibson style guitars!

    I had Dimarzio PAF 36th Anniversery in a Les Paul style guitar a couple of years ago and it sounded pretty good!

    Yeah this is just a half-sloppy preproduction recording tho... When I recorded the album version, I actually got the exact same type 36th Anniversery PAF for my Warmoth superstrat in the neck position, and I COULD NOT get the same round and fluid awesome sound I got with this Les Paul.

    The bridge pickup was totally alright as well, even tho I changed it for a Duncan Invader later on... ahha!

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    I really need to get one of their goldtops:

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    That's a handsome guitar there, man. I really love that top and the contrasting color between top and body.

    Nice snag.

    I have no suggestions for pickups, no experience with Les Pauls, sorry.
    All I can ask is that I suck a little less each time I pick up my guitar...

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    Les Pauls sound absolutely awesome with Wolfetone Marshallheads. If it is a particularly bright one, go with the Marshallhead MK2.

    I've got the Wolfetone Dr Vintage set in mine, but I only use it in the cover band and wanted that vintage PAF sound. They're not as bright and don't compress very much, but they're amazing clean and have that big open sound when dirty. The Marshallheads will snarl more, and have that upper mid attack that most people associate with classic rock.
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