July 13th, 2011, 12:53 PM
So I'm thinking of putting one of these two in the bridge of a new tele build. The guitar will be a single pickup Esquire/Special style. Anybody have any opinions of the similarities and differences between these pups? Strengths and weaknesses of each? I play mostly rock with some country style bendy stuff every now and then. Will be played mostly overdriven. Thanks.
July 14th, 2011, 09:01 AM
To specify it would be a TV Jones Classic or a Lollar P90. Anybody?
July 14th, 2011, 09:09 AM
See, this is tough question. I love 'trons. And I love P90s. Can't see how you could wrong with either one. A P90 would probably be a bit hotter than the Classic 'tron. But the Classic is a great sounding pickup. As is the Lollar P90.
I know, that helps a lot.
Quite a dillema you have there...
July 14th, 2011, 09:13 AM
Well as I said before on other threads, I can only vouch for the classic. Great pickup that will certainly do what you are needing. Nice clean twang to awesome overdriven sounds. You'll get less mids with the classic than the p90.
July 14th, 2011, 09:15 AM
Very different sounding pickups:
P90: muscular, lots of mids, fat, plenty of bite, very raunchy - yet, since it is still a single-coil, you can still get those snappy, twangy piano-like tones on the low strings, esp. if you turn back the volume a bit. A P90 in the bridge position screams "rock'n'roll" like nothing else...
Filtertron: much lower output than a P90, much less mids, much less fat, very chimey, jangly, bright on the high strings, with overdrive Filtertrons have trademark grainy/grinding tone, very raunchy; however, on the low strings (particularly the low E) there isn't even the tiniest bit of snappy twang available, it is a humbucker, after all, and has that typical dry, woody, dull bark that all humbuckers have there. With a Filtertron I sometimes get the impression that the low/wound and high/unwound strings come from two very different pickups, one dark and dry, the other bright and chimey...
Not making this easier, but if you want something unconventional, how about a Dynasonic? Tonally it's kind of a cross between a P90 and a regular Tele bridge PU - all the snappy twang and bite of a Tele, but with much more bottom-end, and the extra dirt of a P90...
September 24th, 2013, 03:49 AM
Bump/thread ressurection - I'm in the same dilemma, I'd like to hear any more opinions you guys might have!
September 24th, 2013, 11:34 AM
If I had to live with just a bridge pickup the only one i've heard that would do it for me and be versatile enough is a tv jones powertron.. It sounded big and open instead of thin and midrangely-at least on that particular guitar. Not that much of a fan of bridge pickups in general but when i switched to the powertron my first impression was that this can't be a bridge pickup.
September 24th, 2013, 11:49 AM
What RomanS said. He is right on the money.