I know. Pretty pathetic. All this time and I've never swapped pickups myself. Truth is I'm pretty cack-handed at most practical stuff. I have the craftsmanship and skill of a stunned mongoose on acid. Luckily I'm really good at making things up, so manage to make a living.
But I figured it was time I did some grown up stuff. Now soldering, apparently something that is really simple to do, has always been a particular pain in the ass. I know the theory. I know the theory of the execution. I also know that my usual execution ends up in needing a grown up to fix it again.
I picked up a 2003 Gold Top in a trade, but the pickups seemed a bit brash. To be honest it was an easy justification to get an order in to Mark at OX4. An OX4 Les Paul is currently my favourite set up - although I'm interested to see how the Oil City Tube Snakes I have on order work in my Classic. This time I've gone for a set of Hot Duanes....
Anyway. Guitar stripped. Pickups in. Guitar put back together, restrung and playing in 30 minutes. No problems. No cock ups. Just job done. Proper chuffed! And it sounds phenomenal. Quite trebly for a Les Paul, but responds fantastically to using the tone pots. Nicely differentiated from the rest of the herd. Great pickups!
So I whipped the microphonic pickups out of the Greco 59-60 and replaced them with the humbuckers taken out of the Gibson - and that worked too! Turned it into a bit of a beastie too!
Here's the Gold Top, post surgery ( @Legionreturns look away