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Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by david henman, Feb 8, 2007.
in before the lock...heres mine
Very nice. i've just finished this one.
I love the tone of P90's
good idea, very good idea.
Well, if it is overwound you don't have to use it...for me I enjoy having the options available. I will post a photo of my project guitar during the week.
"T90"s from Vintage Vibe Guitars, 90% P90 tone in standard Tele size, I love them:
This is true! But if it's too overwound to use, it would be easier to just use a P90 instead.
Two P90s in my Strat are wonderful and I guess they would be just as good in a Tele. I'll make one when the missus isn't looking!
For me, P90s in a solid body guitar anyway are the perfect blend of fat sounds and clarity.
I’m a total noob on this topic so apologies in advance.
A long time ago I had put in, a GFS mini-humbucker in my SX STL-50.
No problems at all and it sounds great.
For a whiole, I’ve wanted to try a P90 into a new SX Tele.
I will admit that cream colored pickup covers gross me out.
Why are all P90s either cream or black? (And not chrome like all other pups?)
Also, there seems to be many different types of P90s.
There are several P90 brands out there (including from forum vendors) but anyone who has heard me play knows that there is no sense in me spending $200 for a pickup.
Do I have to buy two pups as a pair to make sure they “cancel” each other out to reduce hum or can I just buy a neck P90 only by itself?
Are there any other cost-effective vendors other than Guitar Fetish?
I am a big fan of P90's, since I have a 69 SG Special.
I like Kinman PUs and use Kinman Broadcasters in my Tele. When Kinman came out with his version of the P90, I decided to put one in my Tele.
Before I dropped in the P90, I had a 4 way switch for my Kinman Broadcaster PUs. When I put the Kinman P90 in, I kept it as close as possible to the existing neck pu. I left the 4 way switch in and added a push pull volume pot that basically switches which pu I am using as the neck pickup.
The P90 is hotter than the other 2 PU's but I kinda like it that way. I mainly use the P90 by itself, but the bridge and P90 in series is a very usable sound.
You're right that there isn't much choice of pickup cover colour with P90s, usually just black or cream. You can get chrome covers, but they're harder to find. Axesrus sell them, but they might be a little bit far away for you.
Here's mine with a chrome cover. It almost fits......
Choosing P90s is no harder than or easier than choosing any other kind of pickups. Everyone will tell you that their pickups are vastly better to the inferior stuff that everyone else makes, & you have to decide who to believe!
I have a Tele with two GFS Dream 90's and I love it.
Here's one I put together:
If the P90 sound is what you're after, it certainly works!! Here's mine, a MIJ Aerodyne Telecaster
get the router out... and molest a squier... good therapy...
whack a few dog ears in.... sound great too.... Josi Warman's spec wind...
or grab a WRCedar rafter and make a tele.... throw a few Kent Armstrongs in....
hearing those P90's growl and sing it's kinda like finding that sound you were always looking for .... ..
I'd hate to hear what "expensive" ones sound like..... it'd ruin the experience I'm having now with these Warmans....
Great thread to keep alive and kicking! There are some beautiful looking guitars here and I'll bet they sound as great as they look.
I am a complete P-90 newb and I'm a bit confused. I see some with screw flanges off to each side of the pickups; I see some without those "wings" but with two mounting screws in the middle of the pickup; I hear about P94 variation that is similar in size to a humbucker (I think)?; and I hear about other variations in different sizes and shapes.
Can someone here shed some light and explanation on the variations? Or, is there a good primer on the web for the P-90 newb to learn more about all these variations, so I can understand the details well enough to make decisions about what type of Tele body I might select, so that I can put together a Tele with P-90s?
Those batwing P-90 you described are called Dog-ear P-90 they commonly used in Gibson's guitars .For more information about the history of the P-90's check out the wikipedia P-90
For those wanting to learn about P-90 styled pickups (humbucker form factor, which can go into any Tele body with an H route at the neck), I found a good source of info here:
And some very highly-rated P-90 styled pickups in both Tele neck & Tele bridge formats:
Any P90 guitar is a good idea. Seriously, I think about the pickup first, and don't worry too much about what it is going into, tele, strat, LP Jr, whatever; it's all just a fancy lump of wood.
Tony... I agree. My first adventure with P-90s is with the Epiphone ES-339 P-90 that I recently got.
Superb tones coming from this great, compact guitar, shown here for size reference:
This 339 P-90 stands head-to-head with a lot of much more expensive guitars in my stable, with a beautiful, woody, very musical tone all-its-own.
There is a large thread about this over here: