Clever Dummy

This gui­tar’s mys­te­ri­ous hid­den third pickup ex­plained

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On the back of this Ex­plorer is a mys­te­ri­ous look­ing back­plate – what’s in there? It’s an­other pickup that’s lo­cated un­der the pick­guard and in be­tween the P-94 and hum­bucker. What kind of sor­cery is this?! Don’t fret, this is a ‘dummy coil’, a coil of wire that can be com­bined with an­other pickup, help­ing to cut hum – in this case the P-94. It cer­tainly seemed ef­fec­tive in our test­ing with a Laney stack and helps Lee deal with the chal­lenges of world tours. “We’ve played cer­tain coun­tries and the power hums through the rig, no mat­ter what you do,” he tells us. “Some­times when I’d switch to just the P-94 on its own, or the mid­dle po­si­tion I used to get a bit of a hum from the power com­ing through. The dummy coil is a life­saver when it comes to play­ing live and you don’t know how noisy it’s go­ing to be in a venue.”

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