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Just tried a P90 guitar

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

  1. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    Yeah, I was talking about guitars with P90s, not aftermarket pickups. If those guitars sold really well, then more manufacturers would build more models with P90s.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2018
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  2. Spaceboy

    Spaceboy Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 24, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    I have been really pining for a LP gold top with P90s lately... I am thinking of ordering a knockoff guitar like that. the actual Gibson goldies with p90s are so expensive.
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  3. NashvilleDeluxe

    NashvilleDeluxe Tele-Holic

    May 10, 2007
    Laurentians, Quebec
    Sigh. P90's. I miss mine. My Vintage (brand) Les Paul Goldtop had ho-hum (see what I did there?) stacked P-90's that were...not my cup of tea. So, I put some Sanford Magnetics in there. Instantly my favourite pickup...ever. If you're a P90 fan, you HAVE to listen to this. What did it for me was Sanford Magnetics at 30:45

    Now I'm pining for another P90 guitar. Curse you!
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  4. Pixies2005

    Pixies2005 TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

    Jan 14, 2017
    I love the varied sounds available on a P90 with a few volume and tone adjustments on the guitar.

    Plus I love the big ol’ covers on them.

    I must have a thing for size as I also love Jazzmaster pickups.

    I’m in my 40’s but maybe they remind me of all the Elvis, Cliff Richard, Country stuff my parents played and watched when I was a kid ?

  5. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 22, 2014
    Pahrump, nv
    There are a lot of quality used P90s available on reverb fr a discount if you’re worried about cost. And if you buy a name brand set used and don’t like them, you can generally get all your money back. And if you do like them you’ve already got a nice set in your possession.
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  6. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

    Feb 26, 2017
    I don't know from your response if you think I was under the impression that a p90 plays itself. Your educational post makes little sense otherwise and might seem condescending to others

    I was actually aware that it is human being who bring expression from them, thank you

    Would you yourself be aware that paint is put on a canvas by a person? And that a wider spectrum of colours on the palette allows that human to put more colours out? Or would that seem to be a patronising thing to point out?
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  7. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    Yeah, it's pretty nice, isn't it?
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  8. BobbyZ

    BobbyZ Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 12, 2011
    Snellman MN
    Yeah I'd call the original pickups in my 65 ES-330 hot. Even hotter than the humbuckers in my 81 Les Paul Custom.
    By that I mean it's just louder if you go from one guitar to another, same amp settings, guitar's knobs full up.
    Who knows what original pickups Gibson might have copied when they made the reissues. If thay even copied an original pickup?

    Also keep in mind in the 60's the Casino was built on the same line as the ES-330. Well that's what I've read anyway. But it makes since because if the Gibson was a higher end guitar then I'd think the Beatles would've had ES-330s instead of Casinos.
    I'm pretty sure they even recorded with them.
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  9. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 21, 2016
    Rhode Island
    Doug and Pat YouTube finest! Great stuff!

    ( and that AC10 super twin ️)
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  10. nic'o'caster

    nic'o'caster Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Apr 10, 2004
    Middle Earth
    P90 are versatile and dynamic pickups as they sound vastly different along the volume pot travel. I particularly dig the clean tones they can achieve, especially when they're not overwound. I find they compliment very well a hollow body design such as the ES-330. Here are 2 good examples of their greatness :
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  11. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    I'd love to have a Mahagony dual P90 DC LP, but a SG with the same pickups would work just fine.
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  12. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 22, 2014
    Pahrump, nv
    If memory serves, the P90 was gibsons original pickup of choice, and the P.A.F. was an attempt at capturing the sound and character of a P90 without the hum.
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  13. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

    More P90 guitars would be sold except people fear they might get into a situation where they need noise reduction. Most P90 pickups are wound the same (probably due to lower production volumes) so even the middle parallel coil switch option is not hum canceling.

    A lot of great tone was sacrificed in chasing humbucker noise reduction.

    My first P90 guitar is my Strat-like-object test mule. I fitted a pair in a modded pickguard and found out how those pickups are like a bar room brawl you only want to repeat every time I played them. I got a PRS Soapbar single cut not too long after, and it's a great P90 option.

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  14. SamIV

    SamIV Tele-Meister

    May 14, 2011
    South Louisiana
    I am fond of them when other people play them. Just too much of a mid hump when I play them.

  15. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    I love them underwound. Overwound they sound muddy and noisy.

  16. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2016
    Silicon Valley
    For many years I kept telling myself I needed to get a P90 setup, because I had a feeling I would really like them... since I'm always bouncing back and forth between hb's (for the thickness) and single coils (for clarity), and p90's are somewhat in the middle. Then I got my Gibson double cut LP special with them and sure enough, I absolutely love that tone. Wish I'd done it sooner.

    I also have a set of Gibson P94's (p90's that fit in a HB spot), but haven't installed them in a guitar yet... that's a good option for anyone wanting to retrofit a guitar without the hassle of carving out the body wood.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2018
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  17. scottser

    scottser Tele-Holic

    Mar 6, 2009
    My Squier P90 ii custom is the absolute shizz. I don't care about the noise as I never play with loads of gain. Crank up the amp to ten and let your volume pot be your guide. There is a world of tonal possibility in a P90 that you just don't get with a humbucker.

  18. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    May 9, 2005
    The mid hump goes away by simply lowering the volume knob a couple of notches on the guitar. That’s the “secret” of p90’s that a lot of people don’t know. It’s almost like a different pickup that way.

    Before I discovered that, I felt the same as you.

  19. blackspider57

    blackspider57 Tele-Meister

    Mar 10, 2017
    Great Falls Montana
    Well-said :)
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  20. TeleFunk Man

    TeleFunk Man Tele-Holic

    P-90s are awesome. Any serious electric player should own at least one P-90s equipped guitar. Here's a little Sean Costello for y'all...


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