I have this Epiphone Les Paul 100 that I got probably 7-8 years ago now and it's still got its stock pickups. I was thinking maybe it's time to upgrade and wanted to get a new guitar, but I was wondering if it would be more economical to just upgrade the pickups. I could even get the coil tap ones to have both single and double pickup sounds.
My main concern though is that the rest of the guitar would hinder the improvement in sound that the pickups would bring. E.g. maybe the body is too light so it won't resonate enough to matter; maybe the fretboard or neck shape is limiting my playing ability so I'll just sound like crap in high def.
Is the Epiphone Les Paul 100 sufficient enough to thrown new pickups in? It cost about $250 and the pickups would probably cost thereabouts, which I could see as being good or bad lol. Should I just get a whole new guitar?
EDIT: It's worth adding that one thing I don't like about my guitar is the poor sustain. High notes don't last a long time at all which makes playing the solo from Money sound really bad. I'm worried that I'm working harder than I need to in order to get a good sound from the guitar which requires more force and reduces speed. It could also be a perfectly fine setup and I just need more practice but I really can't tell...