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P-90s in a humbucker form factor

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by WrayGun, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. WrayGun

    WrayGun Friend of Leo's

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    I have a new-to-me Gretsch 5120, and I keep thinking about how awesome it (might) be with some real P-90 pickups.

    Can anyone recommend some P-90s in a humbucker form factor? I believe the 5120 uses standard Gibson-style humbucker mounting.

    I know there are some out there, but I have not seen any that were well-reviewed, i.e., sound like real P-90s.

    Thanks! Sorry if this has been covered before...
     
  2. Sharp5

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    Lollar and Klein both make them. I haven't heard them but I would think they would be quality.
     
  3. Rob DiStefano

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    lots of p94's to choose, from true single coil to noiseless. :D
     
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  4. Wrong-Note Rod

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    Guitar Fetish has the Dream90s, which I use and I think are great, you can hear them here on the second song, family reunion

    http://www.soundclick.com/wrongnoterod

    and they also make a hotter version, the Mean90, lots of guys like those a LOT

    theres also a Rio Grande version, the Fat Bastard, many guys dig that one too, more expensive of course
     
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    SD makes Phat Cats Dimarzio makes the Bluesbucker. Both are P90s in humbucker form with enough sound samples available to get an idea of what it sounds like.
     
  6. dconeill

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    Be a little careful. Gretsch pickups are not the same size as Gibson-style humbuckers. A P-90 in a humbucker-sized case might not fit your guitar without mods to your guitar.

    You can find the dimensions of the pickups themselves and of the various mounting rings (for Gretsch-style, Gibson Humbucking-style, and P-90, among others) at the TV Jones website.
     
  7. tremelo68

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    That only applies to the higher end Gretsch guitars made in Japan or custom shop. The 5000 series Electromatics are made in China or Korea and use standard humbuckers, not the smaller Filtertrons.
     
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    octatonic Poster Extraordinaire

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    Check out the Harmonic Designs Z90.
     
  9. WrayGun

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    Yep, this is a Korean 5120. Looks like a standard 'bucker to me.
     
  10. WrayGun

    WrayGun Friend of Leo's

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    Yes, I've heard some positive opinions on the Mean90s, mostly that they sound like real P-90s. And the price sure is right.
     
  11. WrayGun

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    So, not to beat a dead horse or anything, but...

    Has anyone had any good or bad experiences with GFS pickups? They are so inexpensive, which gives me pause, but I'm not convinced that more expensive always means better... although sometimes it does.

    Anyway, just blabbing. Thanks!
     
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    Someday I'll try the Fralin P-92, heard great things about them. Just put a used set of Stephens Design "The Pig" HB sized P-90s in a Les Paul. They are really growing on me. Sound rather P-90 like, but not fully. A sort of a different thing, with its own sound. At least in this guitar, beautiful sound. LP meets tele.

    MD
     
  13. kiwi blue

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    I can vouch for the Lollar. I have one in the bridge of an Ibanez AS200 semi. Fat and biting tone and very dynamically responsive. I have the equally good Lollar HB sized Charlie Christian in the neck of that guitar and they match up well and sound great together in the mid position.
     
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    Had the Mean 90 and didn't think it sounded like a P90 at all. Ordered a set of HB sized p90s from Pete Biltoft at Vintage Vibe Pickups and love them in my Hamer Monaco Elite Mahogany.
     
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    I heard a Roadhouse PDX90 recently. Very nice tone. It really stood out. It also sounded great out of phase which was a surprise to me. I have a set of the Specials in my tele and now I want to try them out of phase too.
     
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    Those are nice, a bit wider freq range than a true P90 but I'm into that kind of thing and they sound "open." A matched set works well together. They look like this in my attempt at a parts tele build:

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    (eek, sorry picture size, I need to fix the original)
     
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    WOW, looks like you have not read any reviews on the allmighty Bareknuckle Mississippi Queens then.

    http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk...humbucker_sized_p90s&pickup=mississippi_queen

    I bought a Bridge unit, but is still waiting for a guitar to put it into :
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3342/3566396426_6a08dacf11.jpg - Epi ES-333


    If they are a bit too much to fund, then do look into BG Pick Ups aswell as Stephens Design.
    Both are a one man opperation and hand wound by the owner of each Co.
    I have not read one negative story about BG units, but have not bought any myself.
    Now, SD on the other hand, is again more expensive, but i have the Dirty Harry bridge pu and it ROCKS like pissed off male Rhino high on acid.
    You will want to look at his Pig Ninety though :twisted:

    * http://www.bg-pups.com/h90.html - SD Pure 90s

    * http://sdpickups.com/specialty.shtml - Pig Ninety


    Good Luck
     
  18. SirJackdeFuzz

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    Bugger, i forgot about the Gibbo P94s.

    Phill X uses one in his white ESP Viper :twisted:
     
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    The great P90 tone comes from the size and construction of the pickup. Once you change that in order to make it humbucker sized you have changed the dynamic and the tone. Although it may sound close and it may sound cool, it will never sound like a true P90.
     
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    These are my proto's. Bridge uses A5 bar mags and screw polepieces, neck uses A5 polepieces like the FP90:
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