Best Explorer Style Guitars With Seymour Duncan Pickups in 2024

Here are the top Explorer style guitars with Seymour Duncan pickups.

After comparing the 2000+ guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones with these characteristics. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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1. Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly

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Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly
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Playability 77
Sound 78
Build quality 87
Value for money 66
Overall Score 81

What our users think

  • Neck profile shape: D (31 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (34 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Hot (1 vote)
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  • 2 Prices - New from $5,999.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2019 Artist Signature series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Sandblasted Ash top
  • Ash body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Sperzel Die-Cast tuners
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  • 2 Prices - New from $5,999.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2019 Artist Signature series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Sandblasted Ash top
  • Ash body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Sperzel Die-Cast tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Tremolo
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

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2. Dean Z Select 24 Kahler

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Dean Z Select 24 Kahler
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Playability 78
Sound 79
Build quality 62
Value for money 73
Overall Score 73

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  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (1 vote)
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  • 2 Prices - New from $1,229 >
  • From Dean's 2021 Select series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Eastern Mahogany body
  • 3 Piece Eastern Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan TB-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan APH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Kahler Hybrid bridge
  • V Set neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Grover 18:1 tuners
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  • 2 Prices - New from $1,229 >
  • From Dean's 2021 Select series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Eastern Mahogany body
  • 3 Piece Eastern Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan TB-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan APH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Kahler Hybrid bridge
  • V Set neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Grover 18:1 tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Dean Z Select 24 Kahler
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

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3. Jackson USA Select Kelly KE2

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Playability 77
Sound 79
Build quality 74
Value for money 62
Overall Score 77

What our users think

  • Neck profile shape: D (31 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (34 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (5 votes)
  • Pickups power: Hot (5 votes)
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  • 4 Prices - New from $4,199.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2020 USA Select series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jazz SH-2 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuners
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  • 4 Prices - New from $4,199.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2020 USA Select series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jazz SH-2 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Jackson USA Select Kelly KE2
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

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4. Jackson Pro Series Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Ash

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Jackson Pro Series Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Ash
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Playability 77
Sound 78
Build quality 72
Value for money 71
Overall Score 76

What our users think

  • Neck profile shape: D (31 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (34 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Hot (1 vote)
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  • 3 Prices - New from $1,549.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2020 Artist Signature series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Sandblasted Ash top
  • Basswood body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuners
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  • 3 Prices - New from $1,549.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2020 Artist Signature series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Sandblasted Ash top
  • Basswood body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Jackson Pro Series Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Ash
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Tremolo
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar

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5. Jackson Pro Series Signature Brandon Ellis Kelly

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Playability 77
Sound 76
Build quality 67
Value for money 73
Overall Score 73

What our users think

  • Neck profile shape: D (31 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (34 votes)
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  • 5 Prices - New from $1,349.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2021 Artist Signature series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Parallel Axis Original (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • Floyd Rose 1000 Series Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed) bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuners
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  • 5 Prices - New from $1,349.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2021 Artist Signature series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Parallel Axis Original (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • Floyd Rose 1000 Series Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed) bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Jackson Pro Series Signature Brandon Ellis Kelly
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar

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6. Dean Z Select Floyd Quilt Top

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Dean Z Select Floyd Quilt Top
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Playability 75
Sound 79
Build quality 63
Value for money 72
Overall Score 72

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  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (1 vote)
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  • From Dean's 2019 Select series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Quilt Maple top
  • Eastern Mahogany body
  • 3 Piece Eastern Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan TB-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan APH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1000 (Korean) bridge
  • V Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Grover tuners
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  • From Dean's 2019 Select series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Quilt Maple top
  • Eastern Mahogany body
  • 3 Piece Eastern Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan TB-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan APH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1000 (Korean) bridge
  • V Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Grover tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Dean Z Select Floyd Quilt Top
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

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    7. Dean Z Select Quilt Top

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    Dean Z Select Quilt Top
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    Playability 77
    Sound 72
    Build quality 58
    Value for money 74
    Overall Score 69

    What our users think

    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (1 vote)
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    • From Dean's 2019 Select series
    • Made in Indonesia
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Quilt Maple top
    • Eastern Mahogany body
    • 3 Piece Eastern Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan SH-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan APH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Tune-O-Matic (With Z Plate) bridge
    • V Set neck
    • 22 Jumbo frets
    • Grover tuners
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    • From Dean's 2019 Select series
    • Made in Indonesia
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Quilt Maple top
    • Eastern Mahogany body
    • 3 Piece Eastern Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan SH-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan APH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Tune-O-Matic (With Z Plate) bridge
    • V Set neck
    • 22 Jumbo frets
    • Grover tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Dean Z Select Quilt Top
    • Expensive Wood
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in Indonesia
    • No High-Quality Nut
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Tremolo
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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      8. Dean Z Select

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      Playability 77
      Sound 72
      Build quality 57
      Value for money 74
      Overall Score 69

      What our users think

      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (1 vote)
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      • 2 Prices - New from $1,269.99 >
      • From Dean's 2019 Select series
      • Made in Indonesia
      • 6 strings
      • 24.75"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Mahogany body
      • 3 Piece Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan SH-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
      • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan APH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
      • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
      • 3-way Switch
      • Tune-O-Matic (With Z Plate) bridge
      • V Set neck
      • 22 Jumbo frets
      • Grover tuners
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      Show all Specs
      • 2 Prices - New from $1,269.99 >
      • From Dean's 2019 Select series
      • Made in Indonesia
      • 6 strings
      • 24.75"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Mahogany body
      • 3 Piece Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan SH-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
      • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan APH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
      • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
      • 3-way Switch
      • Tune-O-Matic (With Z Plate) bridge
      • V Set neck
      • 22 Jumbo frets
      • Grover tuners
      • See all specs and compare >
      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Dean Z Select
      • Expensive Wood
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in Indonesia
      • No High-Quality Nut
      • No Neck-Through Build
      • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
      • No Weight Relief
      • No Luminescent Inlay
      • No Tremolo
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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