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Single coil sized p90?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by hessodreamy, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. hessodreamy

    hessodreamy Tele-Meister

    Jun 13, 2010
    Is there such thing as a p90 that fits into a single coil size slot?
    And do they sound any good?
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2010

  2. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    NJ via TX
    there are a few out there in pickup land, harmonic design for one.

    but in all truthfulness, part of the real deal p90 tone is its build, which is a very short height and a very squat fat coil. anything else is a compromise of sorts. imo.

  3. mgwhit

    mgwhit Tele-Holic

    Aug 1, 2008
    Louisville, KY
    Rob is absolutely correct about form-factor being integral to the P90 sound. That being said, I love my Rio Grande Dirty Harry tele bridge pickup. Serious balls. I'm pretty sure they make them strat and tele neck sized, too.

  4. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    NJ via TX
    yes, the rio dirty harry. really good, fat p90-like tone.

  5. i agree the size & shape of the p-90 gives it its character even the humbucker sized p-90 ,phat cat ...... dont quite sound like a full sized p-90

  6. ASC67

    ASC67 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 3, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN.
    The Harmonic design S90 will get you pretty darn close.

  7. fezz parka

    fezz parka ---------------------------

    What Rob said. The short, wide coil is what give the P90 its unique character, along with the opposing bar magnets and non magnetic polepieces. Take out the magnets and screws, add fender style magnetic slugs and the character changes, like my FP90. The magnetic focus changes giving it more of a jazzmaster vibe.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2010

  8. Stratboy69

    Stratboy69 TDPRI Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Louisville, KY
    Tele P90's

    I have a Harmonic Design Super 90 (Bridge) and Superchrome (Neck) on order for by G&L ASAT Classic Semi-Hollowbody. Before landing on that choice, I looked at the following, each of which touts P90-like sound in a traditional single-coil sized package:



    BG Pups:

    I've never owned a P90-equipped guitar and my HD "P90s" haven't even yet been shipped yet, so I'm not qualified to give any sonic testimony. But you might check out the above links for a starting point.

  9. tattoedsailor

    tattoedsailor TDPRI Member

    May 16, 2010
    Bill Lawrence L-290TL-E will get you close.

  10. prawnik

    prawnik Tele-Holic

    Apr 4, 2009
    Kiev, Ukraine
    The old SD Quarter Pounder and the DiMarzio FS-1 come to mind, but both are Strat pickups.

  11. FuZZBoY

    FuZZBoY Tele-Meister

    Sep 21, 2010

    Stratboy69 : are you satisfied with the HD pups?
    I also have an ASAT Classic which I want to put some p90 single coil sized so I'll be glad to know what you think! :D

  12. Stylemaster

    Stylemaster Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 9, 2009
    West Orange, NJ
    I have this set and it is unbelievable for rock & blues. They were the hit of the last NY Amp Show when I plugged in to demo each and every amp. People were amazed at the sound and balls coming out of what looked like a traditional blackguard Tele. I've never had pickups that push the front end of an amp the way these do. Unfortunately the high output (it's huge) comes with huge 60 cycle hum and I've been haplessly and hopelessly trying to replace them with hum canceling pickups but nothing has come close in sound, dynamics, character and output. :cry:

  13. frankie5fingers

    frankie5fingers Tele-Meister

    Nov 5, 2010
    Pete Biltoff at Vintage Vibe pickups makes an S90, a P90 in a Strat sized pup. I had a Strat with them. It's not quite as "broad" sounding as a full sized P90 but it'd be pretty hard to tell the difference is a blind test. Plenty of growl and grit, much better than you'd expect. You can order them with Alinco2's, A3's or A5's.

  14. boneyguy

    boneyguy Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 31, 2007
    victoria b.c. CANADA

    Attached Files:

  15. Tarnisher

    Tarnisher Friend of Leo's

    Apr 12, 2008

  16. SMark

    SMark Tele-Meister

    Jul 15, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
    I have a Strat loaded with a Super 90 bridge and Vintage Plus neck/middle and they give me some of the fattest Strat tones I could ever want. The Super 90 is as close to a real P90 as I have ever heard. Here's a recording I made with it a few years ago...

    I also use the Suhr BPSSC system with this Strat to keep it quiet.

  17. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    NJ via TX
    there's a reason why a p90 looks the way it does - a large part of the p90 tone is in its footprint; a short, squat and very wide coil (which is also why it produces more noise than a strat or tele pup). you can't accurately replicate that p90 tone with a taller and narrower bobbin.

  18. Brudr

    Brudr Tele-Meister

    Nov 16, 2006
    West Virginia
    Just put a set of Vintage Vibe T90's in a Parts Tele today. I went with the ALNICO V magnets and they compared very closely to a set of Fralin p90's I have in another Tele. With 500K pots, they have plenty of mid-range growl, but also a little more high end "sparkle" than the Fralins. I am very impressed with how p90 like these are. They are also less noisy than the Fralins even though they are wound a bit hotter. I agree with Rob that you can't duplicate the tone exactly, but these are very close. My hats off to Mr. Biltoft! Well done!:D

  19. Geo

    Geo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Hendersonville, TN
    Not sure which position your mean but the Fender Texas Specials do a very close
    job without mods. I play a 56 Historic Les Paul reissue a lot and don't have to change
    much to nothing amp wise going to a Tele with the Fender Texas Special pickups.

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