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Just tried a P90 guitar

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Veltek, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Veltek

    Veltek Tele-Holic

    Sep 17, 2016
    Blues country
    Just got my first P90 equipped guitar.

    I absolutely love the versatility!

    3-ish gives you an acoustic like sound
    5-6.5 gives you a nice clean sound
    8 starts getting dirty
    10 is absolutely heavy and nasty (in a good way)

    Why are p90's not more popular?

  2. bluesky1963

    bluesky1963 Tele-Holic

    Apr 1, 2011
    Glendale, AZ
    Not bad for a pickup that debuted in 1947, eh?

    They go in and out of style. 5 or 6 years ago they were all over the place. I love 'em, myself.

  3. slickoneuk

    slickoneuk TDPRI Member

    Dec 16, 2007
    I think they are just not so visually appealing.
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  4. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Welcome! They're fun.
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  5. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I'm a longtime naysayer, but I appear to be in the minority.
    I find them noisy, weak and not clear sounding.
    I know they are great for bratty rock, but I never play any of that stuff.
    More for y'all!

  6. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    No offense, but you're like the kid that says, "Hey!..have you tried this stuff called bourbon? Why is it not more popular?"
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  7. blille

    blille Tele-Holic

    I love em but others don’t want to deal with the potential noise in gigs and switched to humbuckers.
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  8. blille

    blille Tele-Holic

    He’s got a point. They are definitely less popular than humbuckers or normal single coils.

  9. NJ Deadhead

    NJ Deadhead Tele-Meister

    Jan 25, 2017
    Greenville, SC
    Never heard anyone call a p90 weak before. They're pretty hot pickups usually.
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    LOSTVENTURE Tele-Holic

    Feb 13, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    Actually, I've read they first appeared in 1946. Every one of my Gibsons are P90 equipped and I've never heard any complaints about the tone, or the versatility.

  11. Sollipsist

    Sollipsist Tele-Meister

    Aug 25, 2016
    I haven't spent much time with p90s yet. I've been meaning to try out a set of GFS Mean 90s but I'm not sure they'll give me the right introduction. I'd hate to get a negative impression of a whole class of pickups from a cheap set in a different form factor :)

  12. PelhamSG

    PelhamSG Tele-Meister

    Aug 22, 2017
    I have P90s on my Epiphone Casino, and man do they RIP! They drive the amp, whereas Tele pickups you have the amp drive them (more gain on the amp).
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  13. rickthescot

    rickthescot Tele-Meister

    Feb 14, 2011
    I've got a cheap Epi Special with P 90s. Freaking' love em. Thinking about a T type with at least one.
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  14. e44crowe

    e44crowe Tele-Meister

    Jul 28, 2010
    P90s can really be dynamic. I love my SG with two of them!

    I did have a LP Jr Special once and it was not hum cancelling in the middle position. Made it way less useful.
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  15. Nickadermis

    Nickadermis Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Dec 18, 2016
    Camden Point, MO
    I grew up with a Casino with P90s. They will forever be my favorites I guess. Once you get that sound in your head ...............

  16. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    P90s are pretty much the perfect pickup, except for being susceptible to hum due to the single coil design. This was the only reason humbuckers were invented- not because anyone was dissatisfied with the sound of P90s, just the noise. It's funny, I do hear the comment a lot about P90s only being good for crunchy rock 'n' roll sounds (which they do excel at). All I can think is that these folks must be playing guitars with no volume knob, because when I back off on mine it's the most beautiful clean sound imaginable (just listen to The Who Live At Leeds if you doubt me). P90s are very versatile, you can play anything on them except chug metal (and that's only because single coils get too noisy with insane amounts of gain).

  17. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

    Aug 6, 2012
    Huge P90 fan here too. Extremely versatile and never disappoint me. I can honestly take a single pickup P90 guitar and cover any territory I’ll ever play.

  18. BobbyZ

    BobbyZ Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 12, 2011
    Snellman MN
    Got a beat up 65 ES-330 a few years ago, first P90 guitar I've spent any time with. Absolutely love it !
    Two things with a 330 (or Casino) that take some getting used to. The hollow body and the pickups are hot. Both of those things add up to a pretty dynamic guitar.

  19. Antigua Tele

    Antigua Tele Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 2, 2014
    west coast

    You're assuming a couple things 1) all P-90s work this way, but they come in a variety of output levels, and some are less versatile than others. 2) how much your amp and it's settings play a role in things like how good the clean tone is between 5 and 6 on the dial.

    As far as overall popularity goes, it's very much like a popularity contest. Fender Strats and Gibsons with P.A.F. type humbuckers are used on most recordings, so people gravitate towards the tones they know.
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  20. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 26, 2017
    I think a lot of people don't get them because they have everything on guitar and amp on 10 then use volume to limit it and then just use bass mid and treble like eq. I was kinda shown this way of finding the right sound by buddies. It was only when I experimented with p90s a few years ago I realised

    So much colour in a p90 that the world is missing

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