#1
I'm looking for an Explorer style guitar with active electronics, and I need to get this as cheaply as possible. The Explorer style guitars I'm finding are almost exclusively passive electronics. I'm new to Explorers in general, so any help would be greatly appreciated!
#3
Epiphone Explorer '84 reissue is a proper Explorer with EMG's and they're very cheap.
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#4
http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Designer/1984-Explorer-EX.aspx

As cheap as possible when it comes to price meeting the quality of the guitar. Epiphone makes really amazing guitars for the price and this particular Explorer could be the right one for you. It has got the look of a 1984 Explorer, has active electronics and does not cost too much. To add, the white one looks really neat to me.
However, ESP makes these EX-series guitars, which are "close" to Explorers, but from my point of view, pretty much different with all the sharp ends.

Oh, that was said already while I was doing research.
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#5
The two models I've found that I like the most don't come with active pickups, unfortunately:

Ibanez Destroyer
Agile Ghost
#6
I swear you used to get Agile ghosts with EMGs/Blackouts

Why are you so desperate for actives?
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I swear you used to get Agile ghosts with EMGs/Blackouts

Why are you so desperate for actives?


I'm trying to scratch an itch for an explorer style guitar and for active pickups in a single guitar.
#9
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Put them in yourself.


I don't trust myself to start routing the body of a guitar.
#10
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I swear you used to get Agile ghosts with EMGs/Blackouts

Why are you so desperate for actives?



Do you know where I can browse models or prices for Agiles? Speicfically the V's?

I can't find a site anywhere.
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Do you know where I can browse models or prices for Agiles? Speicfically the V's?

I can't find a site anywhere.

rondomusic.com

I would definitely prefer something from the LTD line though, Agiles are nice for the money but always require a setup straight out of the box. And I'm not sure if you care about Floyds or not but my friend has a Septor and it tends to drop out of tune a lot....might be a problem only he experiences often but its something you might want to consider IF your getting one with a Floyd.
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rondomusic.com

I would definitely prefer something from the LTD line though, Agiles are nice for the money but always require a setup straight out of the box. And I'm not sure if you care about Floyds or not but my friend has a Septor and it tends to drop out of tune a lot....might be a problem only he experiences often but its something you might want to consider IF your getting one with a Floyd.


I'm not a fan of Floyds. Looking for a string thru or stop tail with a TOM. I am not fond of the pointiness of the LTDs.
#14
I just got a ltd ex-400 with 81/60 for $300, not perfect condition though.
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#15
It still baffles me how stupidly cheap Agiles are. It can't be just be because they're not a big brand name.

I don't get this Epiphone hate either.
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It still baffles me how stupidly cheap Agiles are. It can't be just be because they're not a big brand name.

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They're cheap cause they cut corners on everything (not in a cynical way). They have low QC, no physical shop front (so now costs on that end), no fancy website to maintain, no advertising, etc
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#18
I would've thought so. How else would they make a profit?
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They're cheap cause they cut corners on everything (not in a cynical way). They have low QC, no physical shop front (so now costs on that end), no fancy website to maintain, no advertising, etc



Would they be worth picking up?
I mean, If I was looking for something with a floyd that I wanted to swap pickups out of anyway would it be worth it to pick up a reaper for $300 or something like that?
#20
I've never played an Agile, so I'm not the one to ask. But the general consensus is that for what they are they're decent. If you can get something in the elite/pro range that should be quite a good guitar, but not quite on par with some of the higher end stuff you can get from major companies (IE a good Ibanez prestige, or ESP, or whatever).
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#21
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I don't trust myself to start routing the body of a guitar.
You don't need to route anything.
#22
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You don't need to route anything.


How would I put active electronics into a guitar routed for passive without routing a box for the battery or else have a box for a battery attached to the outside of the body of the guitar?
#23
btw that new epiphone looks amazing.
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#24
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How would I put active electronics into a guitar routed for passive without routing a box for the battery or else have a box for a battery attached to the outside of the body of the guitar?


i think you just wrap the battery up in electric tape and stuff it in with the wires. i didnt wanna **** with it. so I went and bought a beat up ltd ex-400 with the actives already in it haha. a little cleaning up and BAM you got a nice metal master.
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#25
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How would I put active electronics into a guitar routed for passive without routing a box for the battery or else have a box for a battery attached to the outside of the body of the guitar?
I imagine there is space inside the control cavity for a 9V battery.
#26
The Destroyer's got DiMarzio D-Activators, which are supposed to be pretty similar to actives minus the fact that they're actually passives. I've no personal experience with them but Chris Broderick uses them and he gets rather similar tones to people who use EMGs IMO(that said, I'm not an EMG guy so maybe I'm just thinking "HE HAS THAT STUPID DAMNED POPULAR MODERN METAL TONE AND IT SOUNDS TOO FRIENDLY FOR METAL...I love him though"). Otherwise you could try the '84 Explorer, and Gibson has an Explorer with actives in it(the Blood Moon or something?) but I don't know how much that is, since it's not standard it's probably $3000 or something, and I don't know what Gibson actives sound like.
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The Destroyer's got DiMarzio D-Activators, which are supposed to be pretty similar to actives minus the fact that they're actually passives. I've no personal experience with them but Chris Broderick uses them and he gets rather similar tones to people who use EMGs IMO(that said, I'm not an EMG guy so maybe I'm just thinking "HE HAS THAT STUPID DAMNED POPULAR MODERN METAL TONE AND IT SOUNDS TOO FRIENDLY FOR METAL...I love him though"). Otherwise you could try the '84 Explorer, and Gibson has an Explorer with actives in it(the Blood Moon or something?) but I don't know how much that is, since it's not standard it's probably $3000 or something, and I don't know what Gibson actives sound like.

It's $1,200. The pickups were a new experimental design. Called Gibson GEM's or something. They received pretty good reviews though. Never played one myself.
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