Which mod first?

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  1. Dropberger

    Dropberger Member

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    So... I've recently purchased a 2012 traditional goldtop, just wondering which mod I should make to it first.

    I have been flip flopping between a bigsby or a new set of pickups.

    The pickups I've been leaning toward are the Sanford Magnetics 1812s. They're a low DCR alnico IV pickup. They're from Canada and I like the idea of using something from my side of the border.

    thoughts?

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  2. b80

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    Pickups first, I'd say. You use pickups 100% of the time. Rad looking setup.
     
  3. Dropberger

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    Thanks man. I'm leaning toward the pickups as well, however the bigsby definitely adds something 'mojo'-wise to the guitar. I really like the way it thins up the fundamental LP sound too, as well as adding another tool to the guitar. I always miss my strat's arm on my gibsons.

    Very torn atm.
     
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  4. Dave Johnson

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    Do the Bigsby.
    The guitar already HAS pickups.
    It doesn't have a Bigsby.
     
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    But if you do the Bigsby and don't like the results, you will have a boogered-up gold top on your hands unless you get the kind of Bigsby thing that purportedly goes on without any modification. I say, don't do anything permanent.
     
  6. Dropberger

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    Great point!
     
  7. Dropberger

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    This is true..I would be overspending to get a vibramate. This guitar feels great atm, but the honeymoon may still be strong so we'll see how she goes. Once it's "mine" for sure, I don't mind drilling holes into it at all.
     
  8. BigDoug1053

    BigDoug1053 Supporting Member

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    I would go Bigsby first - get a B7 with the Vibramate kit. Very quick modification that will not mar the top. I added to Bigsby to my 03 Les Paul Supreme. I like Gibson stock pickups - you might just experiment with pick height and pole adjustments.
     
  9. Improbable Joe

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    Why are you looking to change anything at all? If the answer is "because I like tweaking things" then there's no real answer other than what you can afford first. If you feel like you need something that you don't have, adding a trem would be the actual answer. And if you have all those different Gibsons, maybe you get a trem that doesn't modify the guitar, and you can swap it between all of your guitars until you find the place that it works the best!
     
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    This is by far the best advice so far. I'd add something but why add to something that is perfect the way it is? ;)
     
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    50's wiring, 500k tapers, russian caps.
     
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