No announcement yet.

Best pickups for Ibanez Artcore AF75 ???

  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Best pickups for Ibanez Artcore AF75 ???

    I have an Ibanez Artcore AF 75 hollow body electric. The stock "humbuckers" are at best average. I plan on going to a bone nut and upgrading the pickups and pots. Would like to end up with a Bluesy sound. Any suggestions?

  • #2
    search and look at this thread

    Ibanez Artcore Posse
    ibanez as73, yamaha ssc500, epi lp, alvarez 76
    bogen vp12, newcomb av1612, newcomb tr1625m, bogen ph-10, webcor 2110
    fx...tonelab tt, tc elec nr-1


    • #3
      I have an Ibanez Artcore AF 75 hollow body electric. The stock "humbuckers" are at best average. I plan on going to a bone nut and upgrading the pickups and pots. Would like to end up with a Bluesy sound. Any suggestions?
      Since you don't like those stock pups, feel free to send them my way. The same pups are in my Artcore and I'm pretty happy with them. I have a guitar that would make a good candidate for those pups.

      # ACH1 humbucker at the neck
      # ACH2 humbucker at the bridge
      ♪ Cats 'n' Strats, 'cause that's how I roll

      I Surf therefore I am.
      Strat Blender Pot Modification HERE

      Originally Posted by Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop

      The discussion about nitro (and many things on forums like these) is largely based on folklore, innuendo, and assumption that it "sounds better". Poppycock.


      • #4
        I have an AF75 and put a pair of GFS Fat PAFs in there. Very pleased with the sound.


        • #5
          Gibson Classic 57's..........PREPARE TO BE BLOWN THE **************** AWAY !!!!!!!!!!!!
          "I don't flatten my 5th's..........I drink em !"
          "The Mighty Telecaster: The "Polygraph" Of Electric Guitars!"


          • #6
            Congratulations on the new guitar. The Artcores are well made and use good quality electrical components.
            When you get inside, you'll see that the wiring is very cleanly done.

            The stock pots don't get scratchy, so upgrading them is optional. (If the sound quality degraded when the volume pots were turned down, I couldn't notice it on either of my two Artcores). I tend to change the pots out on most of my guitars because I usually end up wiring in circuits with push-pull-pot controls.

            The stock pups are useable, but I was very pleased when I upgraded my Artcore AK85 (hollow, laminated spruce top, wooded bridge) to Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers.

            The Seth Lover humbucker basically duplicates the original PAF as closely as possible. They are very clean sounding, and quite bright for humbuckers. In my guitar, the tone is nice for clean jazz, rhythm comping, and lively things with moderate distortion in the style of Nugent's 'Stanglehold'.
            I wired my AK85 with a pair of treble bleed (or treble bypass) circuits, controlled with push-pull pots.
            With the treble bleen engaged and the volume turned turned down a little, these circuits pick up the treble so I can play SRV and Keith Richards licks more-or-less convincingly.

            The Seth Lovers usually come with two-conductor wiring and are moderate output, so they probably wouldn't be my first choice for coil splitting. Then again, since the sound is pretty clean, I don't feel the need for a coil split. Seth Lovers are not wax potted, so high-volume rocking-out might not work. I don't have feedback problems with my AK85 at comfortable volume, and my Seth Lovers have never seemed microphonic.

            Your description of a 'blusey sound' doesn't help very much with recommendations since it could mean Robert Johnson, SRV or BB King (etc).
            Anyway, a moderate output PAF-style pup will sound pretty good in your guitar for jazz, rock and BB King. It will tend to be rather dark and thick for the Strat/Tele blues genres. My solution works well in this regard. Good luck.
            "I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down'" -Bob Newhart.


            • #7
              Hi, I'm thinking about getting one of these, and was wondering if it has the scratch-plate-on-the-back thing (like a Les Paul). If not, how do you modify its electronics?



              • #8
                Maybe some old Ibanez Super 58s??
                R I P Leopardstar

                Originally Posted by jjpistols
                yeah it's funny to watch internet idiots talk **************** knowing they've never accomplished a ****************in thing musically


                • #9

                  My Original Music:
                  Goetic Circle
                  Ashes of the Magician
                  UNDEAD PRIEST
                  In the Name of Majestic Hellfire


                  • #10
                    Gibson Classic 57's..........PREPARE TO BE BLOWN THE **************** AWAY !!!!!!!!!!!!



                    • #11
                      I put Rockfield SWCs with push/pull knobs in my AF75 and couldn't be happier with the improvement. These are impressive pickups for $50.

                      Sound clips:


                      • #12
                        You have to snake the electronics through the F-Hole. I use a set of PAF-PRO's by DiMarzio in my AS-73. Artcore.

                        Honestly, If I did that all over again, I would use GFS Dream 180's. I have 57 classics in two of my Gibsons and while I love the bridge 57? I'm not a big fan of the neck. I prefer the Dream 180 a lot more in the neck of a Semi. For that mater I liked the DiMarzio PAF-PRO better in the neck.
                        Damn Right I got the BLUE'S

                        Ordinary . CAN BE . EXTRAORDINARY.. follow your DREAM!


                        • #13
                          Seth Lovers are good, or the PAF Pro. Personally I'd go for Bare Knuckles, either a Stormy Monday or The Mule.
                          ► Tokai LP
                          ► Peavey Windsor (modded)
                          Custom 2x12 cab |Boss DS-1 | Homebrew 'Ego Boost' | Marshall Echohead | Line6 FM4 | TC Polytune | Homemade A/B box |

                          Traps 6-piece hybrid drum kit | JBL 4401 monitors | BCF2000 surface