#1
Hey guys! Alright so Im thinking about building a guitar, probably an explorer shape guitar that will be buying the body and neck off of Warmoth. I have a few questions.

1)What kind of pickups should I get? I usually play stuff like Metallica, Guns n' roses, AC/DC, etc, but I would like to have the possiblity of having really good cleans. I would prefer if the pickups were passive, cuz I dont really wanna be feeding them batteries. Thinking Dimarzio D Activator for the bridge, but Im not sure for the neck. If you have better suggestions, though, I'll gladly take them under consideration.

2) How hard is it to put a tremolo on, and what kind of good tremolo would be simple to put on?

3) For the neck, was thinking Mahogany, but unsure for the fretboard. Suggestions?

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#2
For your first guitar, I would probably stick with a hardtail. It's certainly doable for a trem, but it will make it much harder.

Rosewood is a good starter wood for your fretboard- if you wanted to make it easier places like stewmac sell pre-slotted fretboards; they'll help.

D Activator would be a good pickup choice.
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1) Check out Seymour Duncans, they have a lot of versatility when it comes to humbuckers.

2) Everyone says hardtail is easier, but if you have a router and templates, doing a trem is easy.

3) Rosewood or Ebony look great on a mahogany neck.
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#4
Yeah, but ebony can be a bit more of a pain to work with.

And i've always liked dimarzios over SDs. And hardtail is easier. no doubt.
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#5
Indeed. Ebony that has a nice stripe in it, or is uniformly dyed black, totally looks sexy though.

So, for pure ease of use, go with a rosewood neck and a hard tail bridge.

EDIT: Some people say that due to better contact with the wood, and the lack of a cavity, hard tail bridges have better tone and sustain.
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That's what i'd say. though who knows, i'm kinda rusty.
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#7
Hes buying the body and neck on warmoth so everything will be done for him...


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Wow, way to not read the OP, myself.

In that case, get a regular tremolo. Why not have the versatility? If you don't like it, clamp down the springs real tight and unscrew the whammy bar.
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Wow, i feel really stupid now.
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