#1
Hey all,

I recently bought a used Ibanez Artcore AFS75T. I love the feel and sound of the guitar, but I mostly bought the guitar to be a rockabilly/country/jazz machine, and while the neck pickup has a nice, warm, jazzy tone, I think the bridge pickup is sort of brittle/muddy and lacking for the rockabilly side of things. I saw a demo on youtube where a guy had put GFS Classic II Alnico 2 Vintage Humbuckers in the thing and it sounded really nice, but I was thinking of just putting a GFS Surf 90 Rockabilly p-up in the bridge position because it not only emulates the sound of an old Dynasonic perfectly, but would also be less expensive.

Now, I'm not a genius when it comes to guitar wiring - the Surf 90 is a single coil that fits in a humbucker slot, and the pickup I have in the bridge is a humbucker. Should I get another single coil p-up so that the middle pickup setting will sound balanced? I'm not sure how to get the best possible tone out of this thing. I could get two Surf 90s but I don't know how great a neck position Surf 90 would sound for jazz. I just want a nice well-rounded guitar.

Any suggestions?

http://www.guitarfetish.com/GFS-Surf-90-Alnico-II-Rockabilly-Pickups_c_259.html

http://www.guitarfetish.com/GFS-Classic-II-Alnico-2-Vintage-Wound-Nickel-Humbucker-_c_88.html

Also - I've got some acoustic ringing (sounds like its from below the bridge) when I play my 2nd string high up on the neck. Is this normal and how can I stop it? It's really only annoying when I'm not plugged in.

Thanks everybody!
#2
GFS Pickups are awesome. I have them on nearly all my electrics and have been very happy with them. I have an artcore which I modded with the retrotron pickups, sounded great but the wring was an absolute pain in the butt. so do youre research fisrt, because you'll have to wire a harness and pull it through the f holes.

http://www.kevinyates.com/ES_335_re-wire/index.html

hope some of that helps. as for the actual pickup itself i can't see it being a problem that you want a s/c in the bridge.
this might help: http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/schematics.php?schematic=tele_1sing_1humneck
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#4
Quote by SMTHSCN
just be aware that because it's a hollow body, you're gonna have a very awkward time to install a new pickup, but otherwise, the either pickup is fine man


when i swapped the pups on my artcore, long ago before i knew SQUAT about stuff, i just cut the wires at the pup and spliced these in (soldered). i have never gone back and fixed it, but they sound great. so if the TS is worried at all about getting the pots out, that is an option.
#5
Thanks for your replies guys.

I am seriously thinking about just replacing both pickups with Surf 90s to have a really balanced sound. I am sure I can play jazz on the thing and it won't sound horrendous. Apparently the Surf 90s have a nice warmth/low end to them as well. I'm over-thinking it just because working with a hollowbody is such a b!@#$.
#6
I used to have that exact ibanez I just realised!

I really miss that guitar sometimes, I traded it for a les paul, which is way more suitable to my play style, but that ibanez just this realy...soul.

mine would buzz, the intonation was hit and miss, and restringing it was a bitch, and yet, it was worth it for that hollowbody sound!

Hope your project goes well dude, keep me posted with a PM!
#7
Quote by SMTHSCN
I used to have that exact ibanez I just realised!

I really miss that guitar sometimes, I traded it for a les paul, which is way more suitable to my play style, but that ibanez just this realy...soul.

mine would buzz, the intonation was hit and miss, and restringing it was a bitch, and yet, it was worth it for that hollowbody sound!

Hope your project goes well dude, keep me posted with a PM!

Yeah I absolutely love the "feel" of the guitar. It's got some power to it, ya know? Mine doesn't buzz really it just sort of has a weird metallic ringing noise that I know is the string below the bridge vibrating. Not sure how to fix that.

I love the feel and sound of it but I know those stock p-ups are holding it back. I wish I was more decisive. I am going to spend the rest of the week thinking about exactly what I want to do with it and then probably order the p-ups after my birthday. I have this sort of weird OCD thing with guitar modding apparently. It's like, I can't just leave one of the stock p-ups in or something, I have to replace them both. Is there another Retrotron/GFS single coil that would be nice to put in the neck position and have a big, warm jazz sound and would mix well with the Surf 90?
#9
I wouldn't worry about the difference between a P-90 and a non-P-90 really. I've got a Les Paul with the Mean 90 in the neck and a Seymour Duncan SH-4 in the bridge and after tweaking the pickup heights they balance just fine. Sounds good too!

I also like the Dream 180's I put in my AM73T, but those I wired for coil tap...and might not be what you want in any case.

As for that "buzz" or whatever, that might be one of the rollers on the bridge. I get something like that on my AF75TDG and I'm about 95% sure it's a roller. I'm thinking about getting a GFS roller bridge to replace it (http://guitarfetish.com/Archtop-Roller-Bridge-Gold-Rose-Wood-Base_p_97.html). I got a similar one for the AM73T and it's worked out great so far, no buzzing or other noises at all.
#10
Oh, and for replacing JUST the pickups...just do like the one guy said, pull out the old ones, cut the leads a ways down (leaving enough attached to the pickups to be able to re-attach the old ones if you wanted to later...say a couple inches) and solder the new pickup leads to what's left in the guitar. Shouldn't cause any issues if you tape it well and a lot easier than trying to pull and replace those pots (I know what I am talking about, I did it 4 times on the AM73T...stupid me).
#11
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