The Schecter C-1 Classic is, for better or worse, my main axe at this stage, having owned it for two years and a half. I used it in most common scenarios, from home practice to recording, rehearsal, and gigging.
The Gibson Les Paul is a legend, and rightly so. A very sought after legend. It’s played by countless guitar heroes, and has a long and noble history I won’t go into here.
The Gibson Les Paul is, beyond all doubt, a marvellous instrument. It sports a look that hints really close at perfection. From the body shape to the headstock shape, from the fretboard inlays to the controls arrangement, the Les Paul is a thing of beauty. Along with its distinctive, iconic tone (that practically defined the sound of classic rock), this makes it a very desirable guitar.
I own a Schecter C-1 Classic, a beautiful guitar, factory-equipped with Seymour Duncan pickups, the Jazz SH-2 (neck) and the JB SH-4 (bridge), which, although a famous and great sounding set (in certain instruments, Seymour Duncan himself uses it in a Telecaster-type guitar), always seemed to me somehow unsuited to this guitar – these pickups, with their Alnico 5 magnet, especially the overwound JB, seem too hot, and either too muddy or too shrill for many applications, prompting me to do my JB SH-4 vs Custom SH-5 comparison.
Warning: The following is not a thorough test, nor a fair comparison. The setup I used is not appropriate for any scientific conclusions. In fact, this “versus” is simply my own subjective experiment with these two awesome pickups by Seymour Duncan: the JB SH-4 and the Custom SH-5. But then again, in the world of guitar and tone, as much as we may strive for scientific accuracy, in the end it all comes down to player (and listener) preference. I don’t intend to praise either of the pickups, I’m not trying to get anyone to buy the one or the other, and most importantly, I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind, so please don’t come at me for merely expressing subjective opinion, labeled as such. Remember that your guitar and rig may sound completely different than mine, with these same pickups – this is part of the disclaimer Seymour Duncan themselves have for the tone samples they offer over at their website.