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LP Custom observation...

Yankee Univox

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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?
 

AaeCee

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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.
 

Tim Plains

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I find the same with mine and I also think the ebony board has something (or a lot) to do with it.
 

Jim S

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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?
Is your Custom black?

Black guitars will do that.
 

jimlp

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Take the 498t/490r out and put in the PAF clone of your choice, that should solve most of your problem.
 

DZfishtech

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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?
 

Pantone 333

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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
 
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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.
 

AL30

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Take the 498t/490r out and put in the PAF clone of your choice, that should solve most of your problem.
That's the best advice anyone could give on a Custom. PAF clones will work wonders in a Custom.

AL
 




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