Wolftone pickups in an Ibanez Artcore. Would you do it?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by HeeHaw, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. HeeHaw

    HeeHaw Member

    Messages:
    4,961
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2004
    Location:
    VA
    I realize I'm just polishing a turd, but the artcore has become my favorite "go to" guitar here lately and I'm suspecting it can be much more than what it is. Anyone ever attempted this?
     
  2. aoguitars

    aoguitars Guest

    :D

    That's funny stuff. Thanks for that on a friday morn. Anyway, I've never dropped Wolfetones in an Artcore (I did however put them in a similar Shecter for a guy with great results), but I use his pups exclusively in the guitars I build, so I would highly recommend checking them out. If you're not happy, he'll rewind them until you are.
     
  3. bickertfan

    bickertfan Member

    Messages:
    375
    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2005
    Location:
    Dart, NS - Canada
    I tried a set of handwound pickups in my AK85. Personally I found the difference in tone marginal. I did swap out the wooden bridge for a Gibson ABR style and found that that improved the tone much more than the PU swap. There is nothing wrong with the Artcores IMO but I seriously doubt they will ever sound as good as a guitar with higher quality woods and hardware no matter what kind of PU's are in them. Unfortunately to get that little extra quality woods etc cost so much more...
     
  4. Kiwi

    Kiwi Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,785
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2002
    Location:
    In a white room
    Sure, why not? You can always take them out again.

    I replaced the stock pickups in my Artcore AFS75T with a pair of used PRS Archtop pickups (sold by Andy Fuchs here - hey, celebrity content!) and it's a really sweet sound now. Major improvement.

    The guitar itself is well put together and plays fine. The end result is a go-anywhere guitar, for short beans. You already like the guitar - better pickups will make you like it more.

    Kiwi
     
  5. Brick

    Brick Member

    Messages:
    1,171
    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2005
    Location:
    Arlington, VA
    I love upgrading pickups on relatively inexpensive guitars. I've had great results putting Lollar P90s into my Epiphone ES295 and HighOrders in my ESP PC2. I actually have a set of HD Z90s on order for the ESP...I play those two guitars more than the other four. I'd do it in a heartbeat.
     
  6. Garygtr

    Garygtr Almost as good! Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,780
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2005
    Location:
    Nashville TN
    I worked at Epiphone in the mid 90's and that was basically my gig for awhile-putting Gibson hardware and electronics in Epi's for "artists" (anyone willing to be seen playing an Epi :D ). I still regularly play an Epi Riviera that I upgraded with Gibson hardware and electronics. If the guitar plays well and you like the basic sound, I say go for it! As was already pointed out, you could put them in something else if it doesn't work out.
    As I said, I still play my Epi a lot. I cherry picked it as a good example with good neck angle, bridge placement, etc and relatively resonant (it is still cheap wood, after all) tone. I also had it refretted by a friend in the Gibson warranty repair shop, which helps a great deal as well. So you could say it is indeed a "highly polished turd", but it works well as I'm sure your Artcore does too!

    A pic:

    [​IMG]
     
  7. HeeHaw

    HeeHaw Member

    Messages:
    4,961
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2004
    Location:
    VA
    Thanks for the replies gentleman. I have a couple of hundred bucks burning a hole in my pocket, and may try something.:AOK I'll post the results when I get finished, good or bad.
     
  8. Curt

    Curt Member

    Messages:
    6,995
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2003
    HeeHaw

    "I realize I'm just polishing a turd, but the artcore has become my favorite "go to" guitar here lately and I'm suspecting it can be much more than what it is. Anyone ever attempted this?


    I bought an Artcore. The fit, finish and overal quality is excellent. I usually do my own setups but I instead took it to a guitar builder near me. It was set up dead nuts perfect.
    I installed a set of SD Alnico 2's and the guitar sounds incredible. I have a Driskill and a Custom Shop Strat. The Artcore gets picked up and played far more then the others. I've owned a lot of high end guitars. This sounds as good as the best of them.
     
  9. HeeHaw

    HeeHaw Member

    Messages:
    4,961
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2004
    Location:
    VA
    I see you play a Reinhardt Titan as well:cool: I think I got the first one Bob built, it was an amazing amp that I miss to this day.:jo
     
  10. Crazy Carl

    Crazy Carl Member

    Messages:
    499
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2002
    Location:
    Haw River, NC
    Some of those cheap guitars are very, very good. I scored a Chinese Hamer Scarab for for $250 w/case & it SCREAMS. Fretwork is better than my R7 LP Custom & it easily hangs with my Gibbo V & Explorer. With those jumbo frets & 'fast', to me, neck, it's beggin' for some EMGs.:dude

    Oh yeah, Wolfetones rawk! I seriously doubt you'll be disappointed & Wolfe is 1st class to deal with; super cool dude.
     
  11. fugazi

    fugazi Member

    Messages:
    31
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2006
    Location:
    Way up north
    Hey, the Artcores are not a turd! I love mine. I did put some Duncans into it, though. A Super Distortion in the bridge and a '59 in the neck. Now it's a monster.
     

Share This Page