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NGD. Now I Need Some Advice!

Guitarznamps

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So a work friend sold me his old 1972 Custom. At first I wasn't interested in the guitar but when I plugged it in I fell in love with it! It has the pat sticker t-tops with embossed covers and original pots and sprague black beauty caps. The problem I have now is that my 2006 G0 Standard sounds like mud compared to the Custom. The Custom really has that Jimmy Page MSG tone. It also has a very sweet clean sound. I have upgraded to 550k pots in the GO and have adjusted the Burstbucker 1 & 2 in an attempt to get al little more clarity. I am surprised that the t-tops even seem a little angrier on 10 compared to the Burstbuckers. The G0 is a great guitar acoustically. It also has a fantastic neck profile. Not skinny or too fat. Any suggestions? I would like a PAF style pickup in the G0 but with a more open less muddy sound. Thank you for your suggestions!
 

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corpse

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Some adjustment- lower PU with higher screws or try the reverse.
You might need to go to a lower output PUP.
 

charliechitlins

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Drop 'em way down below the rings.
Of course, you'll get a million suggestions for which of a million PAF clones to buy.
I'll throw my 2cents in because everybody is entitled to my opinion.
I had a pair of very proletarian Blizzard of '59 pickups in an Epiphone Korina V, that I thought sounded every bit as good as the Antiquities in my Lester.
I can also get the neck pickup on said Lester to sound indistinguishable (using my 61-year-old gig dog ears, mind you) from the virginal PAF in my '58 ES175.
That information is worth at least what you paid for it.
 

MarcB

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The wizz pickups are more spanky than burstbuckers..

I personally prefer the mud.. and use my boss eq if I want to spank it.

Bonjour..
 

Bryansamui

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Your Custom has a 72 T Top and you say it has a Page MSG tone..Jimmy's guitar had a 71 or 72 T Top in his Sunburst so no surprises there.
This 'quick fix' is not going to be perfect but will help .
Put your Brighter BB1 in the Bridge slot .It will be a little closer to the T Top than the sound you have now, and put the BB2 in the Neck. Now lower the neck pickup right down to kill some of the output and to clear the mud.
Now it won't be like the 'Page Set' below (from1:20) but will be better/closer than what you have at the minute. The middle tone will lose the lower mid mud markedly. A Page neck pickup is above 8k ohms while a Page Bridge at MSG is around mid 7s
 
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Guitarznamps

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Thank you for the suggestion Bryansamui and thanks for sharing the video. Appreciate all of the shared knowledge here at the LPF!
 
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