Friend and fellow North Carolinian Paul Waggoner, of the NC based
progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me, has collaborated with
us to develop his signature Mojotone humbucker pickup model called the
The "PW Hornet" humbucker is specially designed to provide a wide variety of progressive tones from pristine cleans full of warmth to heavy leads and chunky chord voicings, without going mushy on the lows or harsh on the highs. The girth and clarity of its coil tapped tones combined with its dynamic pick attack response make the "PW Hornet" a well-balanced and extremely versatile high-output humbucker pickup.
F-Spaced is for the bridge position only. All neck pickups are standard spaced. Choose F-Spaced for E to E string spacing wider than 2 inches at the saddles. Choose Standard spaced for anything 2 inches and under.
Pauls Signature Guitar, The PWM100, loaded with his Signature Mojotone PW Hornet pickups, is available through Ibanez:
Name:Dillon L. Rating:5
I picked up a neck pickup from the guys at Mojotone in Charlotte at a guitar show. I was originally looking for a JB to install in my Schecter Solo Special.
This thing sounds AMAZING! I'll play killswitch engage to country and this pickup is clear and has wonderful tone. Especially on my clean channel on my orange rockerverb mk3 with a little bit of overdrive and switched to single coil. Even chugging its still clear and crisp. I am currently debating on grabbing a set for my Les Paul.
Thanks! I figured I would drop you a line and let you know I feel about the PW Hornets. In a word-AMAZING. I don't what kind of witchcraft is involved in crafting these, but they are supernaturally responsive and articulate.
I dropped them into my brand new PRS Floyd Custom 24. The stock pickups were the uncovered \m/ metal pickups, and don't get me wrong I did like the PRS bridge pickup. It was pretty great on high gain/mid gain and cleans. However it was CRAZY high output and had kind of a sterile feel to it, not very dynamic.
The stock PRS neck pup was a bit weak and I just couldn't get a great tone out of it.
I'll be honest with you man, I'm employed by a big music retailer. This has allowed me to try pretty much every pickup offered by SD/Dimarzio/Lace/EMG.
While all of them have great products that I love, they are not even close to what you guys did with these pickups. In this particular guitar I have tried 3 sets of pups, the stock prs set, a BKP juggernaut set, and the PW Hornets. The Hornets destroyed both sets.
They are hands down the most versatile set of pickups I've ever tried. They split so well, I've been looking for something like these forever. From ultra high gain to mid gain plexi style tones and super cleans, these bad boys deliver.
The bridge pickup is articulate, tight, and perfectly aggressive. Super balanced across all the strings. I usually don't like playing leads on the bridge with a ceramic magnet, because it gets a little shrill and harsh to my ears. But these don't. Not at all. Creamy leads on the bridge.
The neck pickup! Bar none-my favorite neck pickup ever! I can get really singing liquid leads and if I attack the string harder, it responds by breaking up in all the right ways.
I was under the impression that I knew quite a bit about pickups, I've tried a ton of them and even advised others on what to buy. When I saw the the specs for the hornets I thought I had an idea of how they would sound. But the characteristics I had in my head were wrong.
You guys blew my mind with these pickups! I hope that other people find out what you guys are doing in the high gain realm, I feel like you are doing something totally different than everyone else with these PW Hornets. I plan on buying another guitar here in the next few months and with out a doubt I will be putting a set of Mojotone pickups in it.
Sorry for the novel, I'm just hella brammed about these hornets and will be hyping them every chance I get. Thanks for the great customer service and even better the pickups- -Noah
Ulterior motive... A guitarist's tone is highly subjective, and as such many of us simply cannot leave well enough alone. I therefore ordered a second PW Hornet with an alnico 8 magnet in lieu of the stock ceramic to test which configuration best suits my ears/needs. As in my initial review, I will attempt to be direct and concise in my descriptions. The A8 lends a certain richness for lack of a better term. The high, high frequencies are very rounded off; I can now use the treble and presence controls on my amp more liberally. The mid-range is more present than it was, but not overbearingly so. The lows are a bit fatter, but nowhere near being loose. The clarity of the original design is 98% there (the roughly 2% is likely lost with the rounding of the top end) and most of the punchy attack remains. The A8 configuration enjoys being a bit closer to the strings than the ceramic. It cleans up with the volume knob just as well as stock, and finger picking is even sweeter than it was before. My overall impression is that with the A8 magnet the pickup becomes more of a PW Hammer than a Hornet.
I will attempt to be succinct rather than superlative. I have a very rather bright guitar with a very present midrange. I was looking for something that could control the brightness while retaining clarity, dynamics and not have too much output. The Hornet has a very taught bottom end and growling, if not slightly scooped mids. The high end is very present and stinging (hence the name Hornet) but as long as you aren't setting your amp's treble control too high, it's very pleasant and slightly jangly. Clean tones are snappy and, as Paul W. asked for, single-coil-esque. Finger picking over a clean setting is sweet and very bell-like. Overdrive/distort your amp and you have a slightly different animal. The clarity is still there and the attack is nice and hard without totally ripping your face off. There's a bit of grittyness/greasyness to the overdrive as well. Output is rather modest for a metal player's signature pickup, but the hornett was built for precision over power. Overall, a fantastic pickup if you need to be heard in a mix but also want some versatility that involves playing technique rather than coil splits/taps.