Way to make my les paul sound brighter?

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  1. katarzis

    katarzis Member

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    I have a les paul custom 2002 with upgraded RS vintage kit and burstbucker 1 and 2.
    i want it to sound a tad brigher.
    is there a way to do this without changing the current pickups and electronics?
    maybe another way of soldering?
    thanks.
     
  2. uOpt

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    Is that a historic custom with mahogany top?

    You might suffer from 300 Kohm pots, although that's not very likely for that year. You could disconnect all pots temporarily to see whether that gives you the brightness you want.

    Different strings help, in the case of the low strings.

    Steeper angle between tailpiece and bridge.

    Overall it's not likely that you can drastically change this without new pickups and even that might not quite work out.
     
  3. vintage66

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    Dropping the pickup heights can help a little if they're too high. There's the treble rolloff cap mod I think it's called-adding a cap to your volume knobs so you don't lose the highs when you roll your volume knobs down. One thing I do with my LP is when I'm using the two pickups combined, I roll off the volume on the neck pickup so the bridge pu is still a little predominant and the neck pickup doesn't mud it up as much. LP neck pickups tend to be pretty dark anyway-I had the treble rolloff done on that pickup combined with rolling off the volume on that pickup makes it pretty usable. If you think your bridge pickup is too dark too, then maybe new pickups are in order.
     
  4. Flinto2002

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    Too bright? For the love of god. I have a 68 custom reissue with BB1 & 2 and it was so bright in the bridge that I had to swap pickups.
     
  5. rslowr

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    +1 on strings: I went to Gibson Brite Wires, and they brightened things up some.

    Finally swapped in SD JB and Jazz pups -- just right for me.
     
  6. Austinrocks

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    if it has pup covers remove them, really brightens up a humbucker.
     
  7. straightblues

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    A light weight tail piece may do it for you.

    Another trick is to put new stainless steel posts on your bridge. Guys over at the Les Paul forum have found that is adds that extra zing. They take stainless screws from the hardware store and cut the top off.

    Try some brighter strings.

    I would recommend that you go to the Les Paul Forum and do some more research. There are probably some more tricks.
     
  8. skhan007

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    I did the following to brighten up my dark sounding Les:

    1) Installed 500K volume pots (they actually measure at about 535K)
    2) Installed lightweight aluminum tailpiece with locking studs
    3) Installed lower output pickups (BB 1 & 2 in place of 498 & 490)
    4) Use solid steel stings instead of nickel

    All these together have helped significantly
     
  9. vintage66

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    Don't they already come with Brite Wires though? I'm gonna have to get some more of these-I've litarally had the original strings on my DC Faded for 2 1/2 years now and I bend strings a lot. Granted, it's in rotation with about 4 other guitars for most of my playing time and I don't have acidic skin but still...
     
  10. EADGBE

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    Put some GHS super steels strings on it.
     
  11. Seegs

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    maybe its the guitar wood?

    I have the burstbuckers in a 2007 R8 and they are plenty bright and articulate without being harsh...sound very very good in this guitar...so far I've left it stock...

    Chow,
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  12. vintage66

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    Really, it makes that much of a difference? I might have to consider it, but I like the look of the covers on my silverburst.
     
  13. uOpt

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    I removed several covers. As long as they are high-quality covers that were on with potting (wax) the difference is minimal.

    In fact, guitarists tend to adjust the polepiece and pickup height when removing the cover (screw polepieces in so that they are flat and get the bobbins up to the height that the cover previously was) and that actually changes the sound more than removing the covers.
     
  14. westex

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    Thinking out of the box here: Change amps....
     
  15. Seegs

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    I think speakers or pups are quite a bit cheaper and a good place to start once you've checked the resistance of the pots and they are not at fault:)

    Chow,
    Seegs
     
  16. alvagoldbook

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    um....figure out a way to put single coils in the guitar...
     
  17. jtees4

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    Turn up the treble on the amp :jo
     
  18. elgalad

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    Lol! The guy that winds my pickups has mentioned more than once that he is amazed that some people will complain about the amount of treble in a new set of pickups before adjusting either a) the tone control on their guitar, or b) the EQ controls on their amp.
     
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    Tonepros bridge and tailpiece.
     
  20. Boris Bubbanov

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    I found the same, removing and replacing covers.

    I think your first post is right on the money.
     

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