June 12th, 2012, 07:57 PM
I have a korean made ES-175 copy and would like to upgrade the stock humbuckers - which are currently a general brand with no markings. I do not have much experience using hollowbodies and have no idea what kind of pickup would best suit my needs. Also I'm not a jazz player and want something that can be used for a range of styles, including with distortion as I do play classic rock.
Would a medium output pickup be preferable, something like the Classic 57s (~8k)? Or something with a lower or higher output? It is a full hollowbody, with no block, so I want to avoid anything that will cause feedback problems.
Thanks for any tips
June 12th, 2012, 08:54 PM
I guess you're more likely to get feedback in a full hollow with a lot of bass. It's really hard to say what pickups would create more feedback than another. Using a full hollow for loud distorted rock is just generally a bad idea. Sonny Sharrock used a lot of distortion with a jazz box. Not sure what he did about feedback. You can always try stuffing it tight with fiberfill, but you'll kill the top resonance. before you mess with pickups, try using a low capacitance cable to see if you like it as is. This explains why: http://www.aqdi.com/cablecap.htm
June 12th, 2012, 09:53 PM
Tonerider Rocksong - will out perform Classic 57
I had Classic 57 in my Epi Emperor II JP and fitted Rocksong which are 8/12k Alnico "vintage" type humbucker, so yes they work on a jazzbox so they'll work in a hollow semi. The extra winding on the bridge pickup provides a good balance. Better made than the Classic 57, clearer, better dynamics. Obviously it is a jazzbox but it can do rockabilly too. The Classic 57 are better than the Ibanez ACH1/2 ceramics, they went into my AGS83 semi-solid ...
The Epi Joe Pass is an electric guitar, despite being hollow it has a thick top unlike an ES175. Feedback is ok provided you keep the gain down either the amp gain knob (not vol) or roll off the guitar vol. Fiddle with the knobs ...
You do not want a pickup hotter than a "vintage" (PAF) type or you will get too much gain sensitivity, and howl.
Otoh you simply learn how to use a hollow semi at gig volume, it does work after all - with no need to stuff them with cushions.
June 12th, 2012, 09:57 PM