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Can I get this les Paul tone out of my 94 MIM?

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by LonghaulPaul, May 25, 2017.

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  1. LonghaulPaul

    LonghaulPaul New Member!

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    I'm wondering if it's possible to get a similar tone out of my 94strat MIM?
     

  2. Mr C

    Mr C Senior Stratmaster

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    Feb 17, 2016
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    In my experience you can get more or less any tone out of any guitar... it's more about the rest of the signal chain... the amp, settings? Pedals etc, even the room...
     
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  3. jeff h

    jeff h Senior Stratmaster

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    Jan 13, 2017
    Ohio
    Depends how picky you are. I have a hot humbucker in my strat, but it just doesn't sound the same as one of my mahogany bodied guitars with the same pickup. I doubt anyone but another guitarist could hear the difference, but I can. It is subtle though.
     
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  4. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 11, 2013
    USA
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    Here are a few of my guitars. I usually take two electrics to a gig. I don't spend much time worrying which two. They all do the same thing.
     

  5. QMTstrat

    QMTstrat Strat-O-Master

    Not to be argumentative, but in an effort to be precise... you say a mahogany bodied guitar with the same pickup... but also the same pots and caps, same wire, same brand and size strings, et. etc.? I guess all of those variables that all of us tone-seekers take into consideration (including saddles, bridge, tremolo block, etc. etc.) ultimately shape our tone *as well as amps, settings, effects, cables, mics, etc. etc.)
     
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  6. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    Yes, all of those variables do to some extent, though the effect may be very small of any particular one. On top of that, your effects, amp/settings, and then how you play the thing all have an impact.
     
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  7. jeff h

    jeff h Senior Stratmaster

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    The two I am thinking about have the exact same pickups, wires and pots since they both are using the EMG solderless systems. Same strings too. Saddles, bridge, nut and wood are all different.
     

  8. jungle faced jake

    jungle faced jake Strat-Talker

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    Sounds just like all of my Strats do when I don't change the strings for a year.
     
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  9. jjudas

    jjudas Strat-O-Master

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    May 18, 2016
    Metro New Orleans
    In my opinion, a Stratocaster is not going to produce the same tone as a Les Paul...different scale lengths.
     

  10. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-A-Holic Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 19, 2014
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    Welcome to the forum....

    The answer is no unless you install a humbucker pickup....
     
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  11. RevBillyG

    RevBillyG Strat-Talker

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    I think it depends on your gain set up.

    Back in the day when amps didn't have a lot of gain, hotter pickups helped. Pedals helped.

    Nowadays, with the gain & tone you get with some pedals, & the shear gain available in modern amps I think you should be able to get any sound you want out of any guitar you want. Well, you can do a lot with the controls on the guitar & the controls on your amp.

    I find it hard to get a decent chug out of a single coil bridge, but that #2 position can be pretty convincing.
     
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  12. nmnjs

    nmnjs New Member!

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    This.
    Scale length is an essential part of the Les Paul sound. People tend to neglect the difference 0.75'' makes.
    I've never been much of a LP guy, and as a session musician I've tried to nail those tones with many superstrats, EBMMs, PRS, etc. but in the end, nothing sounds like the real thing.
     

  13. pwhite

    pwhite Strat-Talker

    390
    May 24, 2015
    South Carolina
    uh what model is that black Epiphone SG?

     
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  14. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 11, 2013
    USA
    2005 Deluxe
     
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  15. PatoLoco

    PatoLoco Strat-Talker

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    Aug 21, 2015
    Fullerton, CA
    Nah.
     
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  16. htwheelz67

    htwheelz67 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 24, 2011
    mission viejo, ca
    yes you can get that tone from a strat, pickups and amp settinigs, you could even get close with an SSS using tone control and amp control;s.
     
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  17. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    I think you can get LP-ish sounds out of a Strat, but it won't ever sound like a particular LP. It might fool some people live and on recordings (I've been fooled). I am a fan of Strats that sound LP-ish, so I get the desire to do that. The ergonomics of an LP doesn't work for me (nor does the economics). So I do my best with what I like to play. I love the sound, so I don't care if it replicates a specific LP.
     

  18. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 10, 2012
    stamford, CT
    Jeff Beck gets plenty of fatness out of a single coil.

    I think you could get a bridge SC to sound LPish but not a neck SC.
     
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  19. JABSolstice

    JABSolstice Senior Stratmaster

    May 8, 2014
    California
    Ain't that the truth?
     
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  20. velvet_man

    velvet_man Strat-O-Master

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    Sep 7, 2016
    Vancouver
    So what pickups do you recommend for an LP-ish sounding fat strat?