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  • New pickups for Explorer

    My Explorer flubs out a bit through my Mesa DR. I want some evil downtuned riffage and some savage djent going on. I would also like to hear each note in high gain full chords. At the moment it is a mushburger.

    A pickup change is in order. Was thinking of EMG 81/85 set as they seem to cut well and decent $ value. However I have to go passive as I have no interest in routing the body to fit a battery in. Maybe a passive EMG set can go evil?

    Bare Knuckle recommended a Miracle Man ceramic set to overcome the darkness of the mahogany Explorer and loose nature of the Recto.

    What about DiMarzio? The Liquifire/Crunch Lab is widely used. Some say this set would not overcome my problem with mud. Any other DiMazios do the trick you think? Their range is big and I wouldn't know where to start. Their online "Pickup Picker" tool recomended the D-Activator in bridge and Humbucker From Hell in neck. Maybe a D-Activator set for metal LPs? Like the EMGs, they are a lot cheaper than the BKPs which is a big factor.
    '76 Explorer, R7, '60 CS Strat
    JMP100 MV, Mesa DR, Roland JC60
    4 x 12 JCM900, 4x12 Recto

  • #2
    The D-Activators would seem to be your guys, although BKP's Painkillers would also do the job, but yes, I have yet to swallow the pill of retail price BKPs
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    • #3
      Some good winders out there that could get you what you wanted, BG, MHD, etc....
      Custom Explorer w/ 57 Classics
      Kramer"Old Glory" Tele; Thank You RG_76 and Family
      Fly Customs V
      CEC Amplification Suckerpunch 15*FS*
      Fender Mustang I/III
      Catalinbread DLS v2
      Humphrey Audio Slo/Diezel mod MT-2

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      • #4
        Some good winders out there that could get you what you wanted, BG, MHD, etc....


        BG could do you a set of his Hellabuckers
        Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

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        • #5
          I have a Hellabucker/Smokestack set in B/W Zebra I dont have a need for right now
          Custom Explorer w/ 57 Classics
          Kramer"Old Glory" Tele; Thank You RG_76 and Family
          Fly Customs V
          CEC Amplification Suckerpunch 15*FS*
          Fender Mustang I/III
          Catalinbread DLS v2
          Humphrey Audio Slo/Diezel mod MT-2

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          • #6
            Some good winders out there that could get you what you wanted, BG, MHD, etc....

            Those BGs look like real value. Can't find a Webpage for MHD that lays out their range.
            '76 Explorer, R7, '60 CS Strat
            JMP100 MV, Mesa DR, Roland JC60
            4 x 12 JCM900, 4x12 Recto

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            • #7
              I have a Hellabucker/Smokestack set in B/W Zebra I dont have a need for right now

              Thanks man. Note I'm in Oz. PM me with $ you want?
              '76 Explorer, R7, '60 CS Strat
              JMP100 MV, Mesa DR, Roland JC60
              4 x 12 JCM900, 4x12 Recto

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              • #8
                Im not a fan of the Duncan JB, although I have found it to be excellent for downtunings because its so trebely- but it doesnt have that note seperation youre looking for. I would personally use a Gibson 498T for what you are describing. Great note separation but its still hot enough for the metalz
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                Ampeg Dan Armstrong
                Gibson Firebird Studio
                Gibson Explorer x2 (natural/white)
                Gibson LP studio
                Squier Tele Custom II
                Godin LG EMG
                Hello Kitty Strat
                Edwards LPC
                Jackson COW 6
                Jim Root Strat
                ESP Eclipse I DBSB
                Billy Corgan Strat
                50s Tribute Goldtop HB
                Squier Mini Strat
                Fender Cabronita Tele

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                • #9
                  Thanks man. Note I'm in Oz. PM me with $ you want?

                  mhd-pickups.com for MHD and Ill PM you
                  Custom Explorer w/ 57 Classics
                  Kramer"Old Glory" Tele; Thank You RG_76 and Family
                  Fly Customs V
                  CEC Amplification Suckerpunch 15*FS*
                  Fender Mustang I/III
                  Catalinbread DLS v2
                  Humphrey Audio Slo/Diezel mod MT-2

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                  • #10
                    Im not a fan of the Duncan JB, although I have found it to be excellent for downtunings because its so trebely- but it doesnt have that note seperation youre looking for. I would personally use a Gibson 498T for what you are describing. Great note separation but its still hot enough for the metalz

                    Thanks. I never thought of putting a Gibson pup in a Gibson guitar (not being sarcastic, just went past the obvious)
                    '76 Explorer, R7, '60 CS Strat
                    JMP100 MV, Mesa DR, Roland JC60
                    4 x 12 JCM900, 4x12 Recto

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                    • #11
                      A friend of mine used to have a '80s explorer with a kahler trem, he had EMG 85s in both positions; this is still the most aggressive guitar I've ever played - it just sounded mean! I'm guessing a lot of that had to do with the big body, it was really resonate acoustically. If this din't have the typical tiny Gibson frets it would be my favorite guitar I'd ever played. So yeah - give the EMGs a shot!

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                      • #12
                        Did I miss where you stated what p'ups are in there now?



                        But I would also think ceramics would be good. The EQ tends to be rather flat and the tone is fairly tight and a bit more neutral which is a good compliment for high gain.
                        A '57 Classic, MIJ from USA parts.
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                        • #13
                          Lace DeathBucker Alumitones or Lace Dirty Heshers.

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                          • #14
                            Was thinking of EMG 81/85 set as they seem to cut well and decent $ value. However I have to go passive as I have no interest in routing the body to fit a battery in.


                            If you want to go EMG, a 9 volt will fit in the control cavity of an Explorer, especially with those small EMG pots. No routing necessary.

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                            • #15
                              Ken at Rose Pickups could fix you up too. You can PM him on this forum, Rose Pickups, or check out his site and drop him an e-mail www.rosepickups.com
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