Picked up an Explorer, need pickup recommendations...

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  1. Scumback Speakers

    Scumback Speakers Gold Supporting Member

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    Just bought an Orville Explorer, mahogany body, mahogany neck... been playing Les Pauls, SG's, and Strats so long, I've never given a thought to the pickups an Explorer might like.

    Need ideas on pickups to use for classic rock, occasional touch of high gain, and some rock/blues... throw up some suggestions if you have an Explorer, and tell me what worked for you.

    Thanks!
     
  2. fakeox

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    All that wood, don't go hotter than paf. Best bet: work a Scumback/Z90 swap.
     
  3. whitehall

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    For some reason the hotter the better. I pulled a set of BB's out of my LP and put them in the explorer and they sounded bad. The old dirty fingers sound great in them. Thats why they came in the 80's like that. I have an 05 explorer that has the 500t ceramic in the ass and it's great . Those ceramics are pretty cheap on ebay because they don't work well in a lot of guitars.
     
  4. tacorivers

    tacorivers Silver Supporting Member

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    I put a Seymour Duncan Custom Custom in mine. Great high power pickup that mates well with that big chunk of mahogany. I have a Pearly Gates in the neck, and the jury is still out on that one.

    As a general rule, I have heard that Explorers do well with bright pickups. All that Mahogany can sound a bit dark.
     
  5. Scumback Speakers

    Scumback Speakers Gold Supporting Member

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    Hmm, I've got a few PAF type loaded guitars, so this one would have to be a bit different to have a place in my arsenal...

    I've got a DiMarzio Tone Zone bridge pickup (ceramic, around 15K or so) I could use, and a DiMarzio Fred neck pickup (also ceramic, around 10k, or so), which would make it a screaming guitar tone, but perhaps too dark, eh?

    Guess I'll keep rummaging around the pickup box....but please, keep the suggestions coming!
     
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    My Edwards '76 replica Explorer came with Duncan 59 and JB pickups. The 59 neck sounds articulate and chimey, and the JB just punches and screams. Its a very balanced, versatile pickup set in this guitar. i love this 7lb chunk of mahogany! :D
     
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    I've got the 59/JB combo & it kicketh serious booty. Very versatile & plenty o' whoop-ass on tap.
     
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    Hey Carl! How ya doing? I'm going to try the Fred/ToneZone combo (10k neck & 17.3k bridge)...it ought to breath fire on every note with that setup, huh?

    I hear you're doing interesting things with korina....good luck with it!
     
  9. Crazy Carl

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    Hey Jim. Not too bad, here.

    Not familiar w/those Dimarzios, but the Super Distortions that were in 'er when I got 'er were screamers! Just too 'one trick pony' for me.

    PM me yer email & I'll shoot you some korina pics. Also some mahogany....
     
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    +1 Worked great for me!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I'd go with a DiMarzio super distortion @ the bridge and a DiMarzio PAF @ the neck. It should sound great with all of that mahogany.
     
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    Fred is a cool pickup Jim.

    But I still think you should just call wags and let him go nuts.:RoCkIn
     
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    i got a nearly new EMG ZW set in box if ya want em for that guitar.....they would sound F-OFF! nice:dude
     
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    I've got a Korina Hamer standard that sounds incredible with a Rio Grande BBQ in the bridge. It has a Seth Lover in the neck that also sounds great but is not quite as gainy as the BBQ and therefore isn't an even match.
     
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    Seymour will match a set to your wood if you give him the specs.
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    I have an '89 Explorer, and its stock pickups are the hottest passive pickups I've ever used. The neck PU was so hot that I had to replace it with a Duncan Jazz just to get a decent clean tone, and even with that change, both of the Explorer's PUs still seem much "hotter" than either my Singlecut (stock PUs) or my LP (Duncan 59/Custom)... Not that this is a bad thing. :)

    --Troy
     
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    Duncan 59/JB or a 59/59 I have that in my Hamer Standard and it KILLS.
     
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    may i add that they are among the COOLEST looking guitars on the planet? strap one on, and you're an instant rockstar! :AOK

    heck.. you even have to sling 'em really low to play 'em properly! :NUTS

    they were born to ROCK! :dude
     
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    So what you like better the JB or the 59 in the bridge?
     

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