Artist series II interesting pickups


New Member
Oct 21, 2014
So I have an old Artist series II that I ordered new when they first came out many decades ago. I was thinking of changing the rotary knob to a 3 way toggle and decided to open the back up. I was surprised to see the installed pickups from the factory actually are Dragon I bass/treble. I always thought they used Artist series pickups for these guitars. Is that normal?
The original catalog card for the Artist ll specifies “Artist series pickups”.
Now the interesting question, has your opinion of that guitar changed now that you know it has dragon 1s?

Personally I love the dragon 1s. I have a ce22 with those and I'm pleasantly surprised how good the tone can be when rolling vol and tone knobs to different levels.