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(@notyetnirvana)
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Hey,

I'm currently thinking of purchasing an Epiphone G400 SG and putting an active EMG-81 pickup in the bridge (Costing around £300 in total). I'm trying to attain a thick, warm, full sound that Daron Malakian gets (System of a Down) clean and distorted, for example on the song "Holy Mountains".
(Played through a Behringer GMX-212 amp)

But I have a few questions about it all:

Is anyone familiar to this guitar?
Is anyone familiar to these pickups?
Would this be a good combination?

Any other tips, advice ect would be appreciated.

Thanks.

"Me... In a Nuclear Power Plant?...... KABOOM! Hahahaha!" - Homer Simpson in Highschool.


   
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(@superman_with_a_guitar)
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Im not too familiar with the guitar, but the pickups i own in an ESP LTD EC-1000 deluxe and the are about the best distortion pickups you can find. I mean heck Zakk Wyle uses them and he's the king of distortion. They are probably my favorite kind of pickups and I think they would go great with the sg and give you the sound your looking for.

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(@blackzerogsh)
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You might be able to save yourself some money by not buying the pickup. Since youre buying the guitar new, try it out first and see if you like how it sounds with replacing any pickups. IF not, then go ahead with your project.


   
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(@steve-0)
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My opinion is that ALOT of tone is dependant on the type of amp you're using, that's not to say you shouldn't go out and buy that amp and guitar, but I have a pretty simple guitar and although I usaully play it through my small practice amp, when I do play it through a great amp, it really, really sounds good.

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(@notyetnirvana)
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Sorry, I meant to say that I play through a Behringer, I sorta worded it badly and think it may of been misinterpreted.

And yeah, I was gunna test out the factory pickups before I purchased and upgrade, but thanks for the suggestion though!

But thanks for the help so far guys, really appreciated :D

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(@smokindog)
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I have a GMX 212 and would think you should be able to get the sound you want with an epi SG and that amp :D

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(@smokindog)
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BP, I agree with what you say for the most part but NYN will be using a GMX 212, I know its not a Marshall stack but it does have a pretty good Marshall simulation mode. Yes, I know, Its no substitute for a Marshall stack :roll: but it can get some nice tones for a solid state amp 8) But as you say Its largely up to the player in any case :wink: ---the dog

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(@notyetnirvana)
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Thanks for the help so far guys.

I'd just like to clear up something first, I'm not trying to replicate that sound, or trying to match my equipment, thats just silly in my opinion. I'm trying to get a sound similar to that, that I could then take in my own direction.. If that makes sense??

By the way, I think I may have a look around at a few different pickups now, I'll probably go back to my original idea of Seymour Duncans, depending on price range I can find :)

"Me... In a Nuclear Power Plant?...... KABOOM! Hahahaha!" - Homer Simpson in Highschool.


   
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