Lolar P90 Review Request

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I have chance to pickup a set of Lolar P90's. The neck is a regular wind and the bridge is high wind. I'm thinking of putting them in a tele.
Has anyone had experience with these? How do they compare to others?
 

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Its 'Lollar'
My experience:
This is before Lollar offered a variety of P-90 variants, but someone gave me a very nice X-mas gift ( maybe 2009?) - an Agile '56 style Goldtop Les Paul copy.

Since the guitar was free I thought I'd treat it to either of the two best P-90 makers, as I had read fantastic reviews on either- Lindy Fralin or Lollars.
I literally did a coin flip, and promised to go with it and Lollars won
Ordered a set and has a pro install.
I don't know specs on windings, and
had no other P-90 guitar to compare,

but these pickups were outstanding, quiet in middle position ( maybe reverse wound), and dynamic.
I could go from bright clean, twangy at low volume to IMO, close to an Allman Brothers humbucker tone/that 'thick bite' but not too distorted, with pickup Volumes at "8"

Absolutely superb sound, great balanced tone

- sadly, sold guitar a few years back ( $$!!)
 

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I have chance to pickup a set of Lolar P90's. The neck is a regular wind and the bridge is high wind. I'm thinking of putting them in a tele.
Has anyone had experience with these? How do they compare to others?
Which Lollars are they? THe 50's wind?
 

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I have yet to play a P90 that doesn't sound good. I've had Chinese no-name, Epiphone, Epiphone Pro, Rondo, Gibson, PRS, Lollar, Sanford Magnetics, Tyson Tone ... they ALL sound good. You just have to find their sweet height spot. Of all kinds of pickups, a P90 is the most sensitive to height adjustment.

So ... if the price is good, I say go for it.
 

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I have one in a Epi junior and think its great, its a traditional wind and one of the best I've heard, super responsive to the vol and tone controls.
 

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I have only had a Lollar 5% underwind for the neck position. It was fine. No better than a Gibson that I can say. To me it's Gibsons all the way, but a a couple are very similar.
I would give exactly what the Gibson's cost used I guess. ($150 a pair?) Either are sellable.
 

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I have yet to play a P90 that doesn't sound good. I've had Chinese no-name, Epiphone, Epiphone Pro, Rondo, Gibson, PRS, Lollar, Sanford Magnetics, Tyson Tone ... they ALL sound good. You just have to find their sweet height spot. Of all kinds of pickups, a P90 is the most sensitive to height adjustment.

So ... if the price is good, I say go for it.
The only one's ive really not liked were early Epi one's with ceramic mags but changing mags is super easy and about 10 bux per pickup.
 

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I have the regular wind in the neck of my No 1 tele. Big, warm, thick mids, plenty of output. Great for old school gritty blues and even smooth jazz. Loves overdrive.
 

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Late 90s Casino and the aforementioned junior.
Didn't you say the one in the Junior is one of the best you've heard ? What year Junior is it ? Set neck or bolt-on.

My 2006 '57 RI came with an horrible P100, stacked bobbins. One sterile pickup that is.
 

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I pulled the P-90s out of my Casino a couple of years ago, and had Jason rewind them for me. I chose the 50s wind (just my style of playing), and I think that they may well be the best sounding pick-ups that I have (although it's not my favorite guitar, because of issues that I have with the neck size and shape).

The pick-ups are surprisingly versatile. I can crank the bridge position and get early rock-'n'-roll tones, I can use the middle position to get some sweet, rounded blues tones, and I can even coax some pretty nice jazz tones out of the neck pup.

The guitar sounded pretty nice out of the box, but I feel like it was a pretty clear upgrade when I got the Lollar's. The stock pups were fine, but the Lollar's are considerably more clear and articulate. They don't muddy up with overdrive or low volume, and they have just a little more "honk," which I guess would be a way to describe the midrange?

I think that they're worth every penny plus the hassle of installing them
 

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Didn't you say the one in the Junior is one of the best you've heard ? What year Junior is it ? Set neck or bolt-on.

My 2006 '57 RI came with an horrible P100, stacked bobbins. One sterile pickup that is.
Yeah, P100's stink, had a 135 with them and they had to go. '97 Samick Junior has a Lollar now.
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I have p90 lollars in my Eastman t64/v, and I can't fault them.
Not sure what flavor, imperials maybe???
 

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Lollars have a good reputation, but I have never owned any. For me, P-90's have to be wound just right. If they wound too hot, they sound ungodly muddy to my ears. Believe it or not, I have had better luck with the cheap Chinese versions than the boutique offerings. If you find one that sounds good, keep it.
 

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If they wound too hot, they sound ungodly muddy to my ears. Believe it or not, I have had better luck with the cheap Chinese versions than the boutique offerings. If you find one that sounds good, keep it.
You're right, in my list I forgot about the Seymour Duncan I had in a Godin LG. I buried them in the body and they were still way too hot to do anything. It got sold pretty fast. Didn't like the way the whole guitar played anyway.
 




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