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Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Goldtop78, Jul 6, 2009.

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  1. Chrismo

    Chrismo Friend of Leo's

    I've been looking into these pickups and received an e-mail about them.

    My original e-mail:

    Hi,

    I’m thinking of using 2 P-90s in a Tele build with an alder body and maple neck. What set of your P-90s would retain a spanky quality but keeping a warm fatter tone? The underwound 50s set?

    Please let me know. Thank you!

    Greg from Lollar Pickups replied:

    Hey Chris,

    Thanks for checking with us.

    Yes, our ‘50s set would be a great choice:
    http://www.lollarguitars.com/mm5/me...GP&Product_Code=252&Category_Code=p90-pickups

    They have a nice top-end sparkle, but stay sweet and clear.

    Regards,
    GT
     
  2. Teleholder

    Teleholder Tele-Meister

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    Oct 23, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Thanks, Chrismo. That's great information. Mine would be going into a Squier Tele Custom. I've heard a few clips, all in Goldtops, but I love the vintage sound. Now it's just the price tag holding me back for now.
     
  3. mark norwine

    mark norwine Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    58
    Mar 3, 2003
    New Jersey
    YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

    I put a "5% under" in my '54 ES-175. WOW!

    The world has been waiting for this pickup since 1946. Honestly, these are the best thing to happen in a very long time..... 100% P90 tone, but dead quiet. Quieter than some PAF-style pickups I own.

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  5. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 9, 2005
    CHICAGO, IL.
    Thanks for the detailed photos. That's a pretty slick design he came up with.
     
  6. mark norwine

    mark norwine Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    58
    Mar 3, 2003
    New Jersey
    I *think* (could be wrong) that the old Gibson EBO pickup was similar...
     
  7. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 9, 2005
    CHICAGO, IL.
    To further throw a wrench in things (just another option), I recently put a TV Jones Filtertron in one of my P90 guitars. It sounds fantastic, as I do love the Filtertron tone. The example shown here is a "Powertron," but mine is the standard "TV Classic" Filtertron. Here it is. :

    https://tvjones.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=0102-062
     
  8. mad dog

    mad dog Friend of Leo's

    Jun 27, 2005
    Just put a set of the Harmonic Designs VP-90s in my Orville LP Special. This was already a damn nice guitar, now it's somewhere else altogether. I've heard plenty of nice P-90s ... these HDs are right up there with the best of them.
     
  9. TELE_BLUES

    TELE_BLUES Tele-Afflicted

    '56 goldtop r.i.The goldtop w/p-90s imo the best of the best in les pauls.I have aset of rio grandes in a guitar right now and love 'em.I also have a set of MANLIUS "howlin goat" p-90's in a mahogany body les paul jr. type guitar.Vintage specs a very nice set of p-90's.I'll be contacting him for another set soon.He has a few set of p.u.'s on ebay right now.Plus he's only 1-1/2 hr away from me i'll have to stop in some time and check him out in person.
     
  10. Zhangliqun

    Zhangliqun Tele-Meister

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    May 14, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Well crap on a stick! Why didn't I think of that???

     
  11. Jason Lollar

    Jason Lollar Tele-Meister

    226
    Mar 22, 2003
    Seattle WA
    I made something like that ten years ago but it sounded too much like a humbucker to my ear. Anyone seen soundfiles posted anywhere?
     
  12. garymaddox

    garymaddox Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 25, 2009
    Foat Wuth, Texus
    My problem is ALL P90's sound like a humbucker to me. I guess I don't know how to listen right!

    What's the secret?
     
  13. Zhangliqun

    Zhangliqun Tele-Meister

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    May 14, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I take it the design is not patented then?
     
  14. Zhangliqun

    Zhangliqun Tele-Meister

    221
    May 14, 2008
    Los Angeles
    You should be able to swap mags easily on any P90, especially soapbars. Easiest mag swap there is.
     
  15. Roli

    Roli Banned

    Jun 28, 2005
    ¤ Hungary ¤
    Haha, you're so right! They must sound similar, it's steel poles and lots of wire taking up a somewhat large, wide space in both cases. lol That means the aperture and the magnetic field is similar, so the sound is pretty similar too. Only the 2nd one is humbucking.
     
  16. Chrismo

    Chrismo Friend of Leo's

    See, that's the beauty of a P-90. It's all in how you approach it.

    If you play 'em as if they were a set of Tele pickups, they have a crystal clean spank, especially if they're a lower wind.

    If you play 'em as a humbucker, really needing that extra crunch, you get it.

    They are by far some of the most versatile pickups ever.
     
  17. david henman

    david henman Tele-Holic

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    815
    Aug 2, 2006
    TORONTO
    ...i have a musicman albert lee with three p90s.

    its hard to imagine a better sounding p90, but i'm curious to know how they compare to the ones touted here.

    anyone?

    -dh
     
  18. Arthur Dent

    Arthur Dent TDPRI Member

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    Jul 12, 2009
    U.K.
    Anyone tried these from Shed Pickups?

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  19. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

    I really like the second hand Kent Armstrong I put in this little thing

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  20. valiant

    valiant Tele-Holic

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    Jan 16, 2009
    Burslem
    Bare Knuckle pickups in the U.K. are very highly rated and make a P90.....
     
  21. Steve McGinnis

    Steve McGinnis Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Fralin Hum Cancelling P-90's

    I just put a set in my Les Paul Special (96). They sound fantastic! I originally liked the gibson bridge but the neck was too woofy. I got the Fralins for a good deal on ebay (170 for the pair) and put them in. Both the neck and bridge position improved dramatically.
     
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