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Which bridge humbucker works best with a Les Paul?
Compatibility Notes: These recommendations apply to both Epiphone and Gibson Les Pauls, though Gibson models will likely already have really nice humbuckers that should be examined and tested before replacing. Replacing high quality pickups should be basted on a preference of musical style, and not necessarily to increase quality.
We're covering three designated bridge humbuckers that we would recommend using for the bridge in an Epiphone or Gibson Les Paul. Note that you can either mix and match with an entirely different neck pickup, or get a pair for the bridge pickup you choose. Feel free to leave questions in the comments section below.
Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB
This is Seymour Duncan's flagship high-output bridge humbucker and is often paired with the SH-2n Jazz, which is another SD favorite. It'll promote the searing quality of Les Paul highs, and can handle a wide range of gain levels. If you want a higher output option, this is a good starting spot.
DiMarzio DP100 (Super Distortion)
The DP100 is another high-output humbucker, and one of DiMarzio's earliest designs. For being as hot as it is, you'll get a lot of bass in your EQ, which is helpful if you're playing a kind of lead/rhythm hybrid style.
Keep in mind, some of the Gibson Les Paul electrics come with Gibson Burstbucker pickups. But this one is an especially good fit for an Epiphone Les Paul (even some Epiphones come with Gibson pickups), if you want to maintain the style while getting a straightforward upgrade in tone quality. This is different than the other two in that they're more of a deviation of style. The Burstbucker is a reliable and solid Gibson pickup.
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