I wanted to get a TGP sanity check to see if I am chasing a tone from my Les Paul that I will never find. Here's my situation.... I have an '88 Les Paul Custom ("Black Beauty"). I had my guitar guy do an amazing fret job and replace the stock pickups with a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates (bridge) and a '59 sh-1 (neck). I play through a Fender combo and drive the amp with pedals to get a really nice overdriven sounds with my LP. My issue is the clean tone! I really need a super clean sparkly tone for funk type sounds and early 70's Grateful Dead type sounds. I was thinking about swapping the SD's out for some new pickups to help with the clean tones. Thinking either Lollar Imperials or some WRC DarkBursts. I guess my question is....is a Les Paul a good choice for clean tones? Should I continue to invest in trying to get my LP to sound like what I think it should sound like or should I sell and buy another guitar? Any ideas are appreciated or if anyone has killer clean tones from a LP - any tips would really help. Thanks.