LP Custom observation...

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Yankee Univox, Dec 22, 2009.


  1. Yankee Univox

    Yankee Univox Member

    Messages:
    2,027
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Location:
    THE UPPER ROOM-OHIO
    So I love the Custom I picked up a few weeks ago,but I've noticed something.The ebony board,and Duncan Alnico pickups I've currently got tend to lend themselves great to more modern sounding prog rock tones like Rush and Genesis,and I love that stuff...but the 'raunchier,greasier' Jimmy Page type tones that I could easily accomplish with my R8 just don't quite seem to be there.Anyone with any tips for getting these tones out of my Custom,or is this limitation just inherent with the guitar?
     
  2. XKnight

    XKnight Member

    Messages:
    11,097
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2007
    Location:
    Republic of Texas
    Turn it into a Tele.
     
  3. Yankee Univox

    Yankee Univox Member

    Messages:
    2,027
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Location:
    THE UPPER ROOM-OHIO
    I have a Tele,why would I want to do that? :huh
     
  4. RedTiger

    RedTiger Member

    Messages:
    3,005
    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2009
    Location:
    San Antonio TX
    He's probably alluding to the fact that many iconic Zeppelin recordings were recorded with Page playing a telecaster.

    Unless you already know this and you're just being sarcastic...
     
  5. AaeCee

    AaeCee Member

    Messages:
    14,304
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2005
    Location:
    MD.
    Just a guess, but I've found ebony boards to have an ever so slightly punchier, more immediate response vs. rosewood. It's a very subtle difference (if at all), but that may account for the tendencies you speak of.
     
  6. ptgold

    ptgold Member

    Messages:
    1,141
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2008
    just adjust the amp man.....any good LP can do Led Zep
     
  7. Tim Plains

    Tim Plains Member

    Messages:
    4,329
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Location:
    ON
    I find the same with mine and I also think the ebony board has something (or a lot) to do with it.
     
  8. Jim S

    Jim S Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    13,955
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2002
    Location:
    Incline Village, NV (Lake Tahoe )
    Is your Custom black?

    Black guitars will do that.
     
  9. jimlp

    jimlp Supporting Member

    Messages:
    610
    Joined:
    May 11, 2006
    Take the 498t/490r out and put in the PAF clone of your choice, that should solve most of your problem.
     
  10. DZfishtech

    DZfishtech Member

    Messages:
    195
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Location:
    Kansas city metro area.
    I think it's mostly in the pickups. It's a pain but you might experiment by swapping the PUPs in the R8 with the PUPs in the Custom. Paige used a lot of different guitars in the studio, and I'm pretty sure one of the main LPs he used was a Deluxe with the mini humbuckers that give more of a single coil thiness to the tone. His Gold top I think had P90's in it though (if memory serves-It's been more than twenty years since I've seen), Which also lend to a thinner tone and have their own particular raunchness. Not sure why you're worried about it if you got an LP that gives you the "Paige" sound you want. Why have two guitars sound the same?
     
  11. Pantone 333

    Pantone 333 Member

    Messages:
    868
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2009
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    I think the ebony factor is slightly underrated. It imparts more brightness ... to my ears at least.

    Given that part of the guitar is not going to change, I strongly suggest you swap your pickups for something else and with less output. For example: Neck 7.6K, Bridge 8.1K
     
  12. Patrick Ginnaty

    Patrick Ginnaty Member

    Messages:
    997
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2003
    Location:
    Maine
    I think that it's just how that guitar *is*. My '87 Custom sounds much more refined than my '98 R8... both having Antiquities, PIO caps, and Grovers.
     
  13. AL30

    AL30 Member

    Messages:
    2,972
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2005
    That's the best advice anyone could give on a Custom. PAF clones will work wonders in a Custom.

    AL
     

Share This Page