P90 suggestion

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by sothoth, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Don't forget to start with the pots and caps. They control the tone nuances as much as the pickups. You'll search through a lot of pickups to find one that matches a pot that is on the wrong end of its tolerance band for you. I've fixed some guitars with just a five cent cap from 0.047uF to 0.033uF too.

    As for pickups, check ebay. Not all the P90s are as good but some are really surprisingly nice ... and less than $15/set.
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=151620456535
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=272681543151
    Sellers change frequently as they buy a bulk batch from the factory and resell so you need to look at construction details of the parts.

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    I've got just one word for you....."Bootstrap".
    Ryan at Bootstrappickups.com can make just about anything you like, might even have RWRP P-90s in stock. Quality and service are EXCELLENT, and his reasonable pricing is "icing on the cake"....BTW, handmade in U.S.A.
     
  3. sothoth

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    I’ll check bootstrap
     
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    By the way, I’m not unhappy with the Lollars. I just have another guitar that I want to put P90s in and done need two with the same pickups.
     
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    Another issue is that, if I’m browsing Lollar or Fralin or Bare Knuckle’s web site and see something promising, I can email them and ask questions like “for this style of music, how will this model work for me?” And feel like they are all responsive and give excellent advice. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a pickup from one of them and felt like it wasn’t exactly as described. That doesn’t mean I love the pickup always, but it was always an informed decision.

    I tried that with GFS and never received a reply. So even at the low price point I feel like it’s a bigger risk or not liking what I received just due to lack of information.

    Clips are helpful but a human that knows about them and can discuss with you is priceless.
     
  6. sothoth

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    I know some of these cheap pickups are good but how would you know until they arrived and until you spent a lot of time experimenting?
     
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    I've done Lollars, too. I like them at the bridge, but I really don't like them at the neck. Their humucker-shaped 'P90' is great at the neck, but the real P90, not for me. Mileage varies, naturally.

    Actually, it might be worth it for me to try a mixed set, with a Lollar bridge P90 and a Fralin neck. That might be the best of both worlds.
     
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    Bare knuckle boot camp sets might be up your alley.
     
  11. sothoth

    sothoth Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

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    Have you tried them? I am aware of the pickup series but haven’t looked at why they’re less expensive or listened to sound clips
     
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    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    I’ve not. I’ve listened to some sound clips and they sound great, not sure where they cut cost though
     
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    More on GFS p90s: I had the 'vintage correct' slick jr alnico 5 bridge PUP un my SL59 but to me it was more bright and bitey than i preferred (which some people like). I ended up replacing it with an older Epi LPJ p90 i had lying around, which has more body and a darker sound.
     
  15. sothoth

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    I think P90s are supposed to have some fat and grind to them, too. I don’t get enough info on GFSs site to feel comfortable with that I’ll get so I kind of avoid them.
     
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