P90 alignment question. Do they have a 'direction' when mounting?

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  1. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    Got a recently made SG with standard Gibson p90s with adjustable pole pieces. Is there a right 'direction' they should go into the mounting holes routed in the body? Usually on Gibson humbuckers, the bridge p/up will have its wire heading toward the treble side of the guitar, with the neck wire heading out toward the bass side of the slot.

    Does it matter with a single coil p/up? Will they make more noise or something? Or is it fine, with the pickup in there willy nilly?

    Halp!
     
  2. Antigua Tele

    Antigua Tele Friend of Leo's

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    Doesn't matter, you just want the hookup wire to be nearest to the wiring channel.

    It was never ideal for PAF's to have that neck hookup wire exit the pickup farther away from the control cavity, but they would use the same pickups for neck and bridge, so that was just how it turned out when they oriented it so that the screws would be on the outside. You can change the direction of a PAF so that the screws are on the same side, or both on the inside, and it would still work the same. With modern spec humbuckers they often put holes on both ends of the baseplate, so they can have the wire exit the housing closer to the control cavity.
     
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  3. backporchmusic

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    Thanks!
     
  4. NashvilleDeluxe

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    Nope. They're not like Fender middle/neck single coils with their "fixed" staggered pole pieces and defined orientation. Enjoy!
     
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