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P90 fans - have you found anything else as good?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Yonatan, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. rand z

    rand z Friend of Leo's

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    I have some Harmonic Design Z 90's (remember them?) that I bought 15 years ago.

    I've used it in a few different guitars... solid body and hollowbody.

    They're pretty nice, especially in the hollowbody (Epi Joe Pass).

    Big sound.
     
  2. Socalsupermoto

    Socalsupermoto TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    I have a beautiful 335 with t top style gibson buckers. I love her but I'm already going to put a malius bucker sized 90 in the neck. I just havn't decided if i want one in the bridge too.

    I hear a lot about tone but to me the giant difference is the buckers have a harsh attack for my playing, and p90s come on softer and then growl/sing. The touch is the huge difference for me and every single time I stray and head back to p90 land. I love my lollar in the neck of my tele and hopefully i'll love em in my 335!
     
  3. Drak

    Drak Tele-Afflicted

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    DeArmonds. They do 'that P-90 thing' too.

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  4. REWTX

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    I think G&L MFDs are a good change from P90s. Also the Reverend dual pro bridge pickup in my Rick Vito sig is a great different sound.
     
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  5. BlueGillGreg

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    My Agile Less Paul (Maybe it's a More Kim?) Goldtop has fake P-90s that I really like. They have ceramic magnets instead of AlNiCo. Driving a couple of Kalamazoo Reverb 12s via a couple of Tube Drivers gives an aggressive grind I don't get with my more polite pickups.

    I've never had much chance to play JazzMasters or Wide Range Humbuckers, but I've really liked the sound of both for a long time.
     
  6. BlueGillGreg

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    What a beauty!
     
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  7. PixMix

    PixMix Tele-Holic

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    P-90, Jazzmaster, Tele, not necessarily I that order are my favorite pickups. I don't think anything out there sounds like P90, or the other two for that mater.

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  8. zeke54

    zeke54 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    That looks like a good combo !!
     
  9. zeke54

    zeke54 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    How hot is that songbird ?
     
  10. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    No.. otherwise my number one would not have 3 of them!

    Love the old dogears in my ‘63 casino - really jangly, bark and bite but woody and warm too. Its got all the tonez
     
  11. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

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    If by P90 you mean actual correct P90 from Gibson, I have very little experience or knowledge. I can say that I really liked the P90s in my Epi 56 LP, really really liked the Duncan Designed P90s in my Squier Telecaster Custom II, but I absolutely LOVE the Bootstrap Skookum 90 Mean in my Squier Bullet Special. Maybe not the same as a real P90, but if you have a HB sized hole, and want big strong sound with bark, bite, and clarity, you can't go wrong.
     
  12. Es-No-Squier

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    Since no one has mentioned them, I’ve got a Class 5 LP with a set of SD Phat Cats that I think sound pretty great. Wired in series so in the center position, it becomes a single humbucker.
     
  13. Graeme

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    An alternative I like and use (on a Gibson SG) is the DiMarzio Bluesbucker. Even though it looks like a regular humbucker, only one coil is active. The other coil is a dummy just to cancel hum.

    I'd describe it a halfway between a P90 and PAF. It doesn't have the upper-mid peak of a P90 (which is the reason some players like 'em, I know) - it's a more even response with still some of the single coil vibe.

    If you try one in the bridge position, I recommend installing it with screws (the active coil) further from the bridge for a punchier sound.
     
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  14. takauya

    takauya Tele-Meister

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    I never liked modern p90s except the Lollar 50s wind sets.
     
  15. Ric5150

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    I love P90s but Rickenbacker High Gains have a similar edge to them that I prefer sometimes. Unfortunately, it’s difficult at best to put them in any other guitar unless you build around them. I’ve considered talking to a winder or two to look into building a couple in a more standard package, but haven’t actually ever gotten around to it. (I know they’re very different builds, but there’s some shared sonic territory.)
     
  16. DHart

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    I have, indeed! Firebird pickups, which I actually prefer to P90s.

    I tried to love P90's, from a few different guitar brands (Gibson, PRS, Epiphone), and while I enjoyed them, they didn't really become my faves.

    Firebird pickups, on the other hand, just really checked the boxes for me. Full, deep and rich tone. Sparkly bright. Crisp and clear. No hum. They've got a lot going for themselves. To me they sound like a cross between a Fender single coil pickup and a mini-humbucker. Nice combination.
     
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  17. Jay Jernigan

    Jay Jernigan Tele-Afflicted

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    Managed to get my hands on a pair in 1971 and put them in a Melody Maker. Low notes like a grand piano, high notes like a saxophone. This was through the raggediest SF Twin Reverb in captivity. I'll never forget it.
    Then someone convinced me that I needed a Les Paul with humbuckers. I really didn't.
     
  18. blowtorch

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    I'll tell you what, I own over 70 guitars, as ridiculous as that is, and, this dogear on this lowly Dillion sounds better than anything else
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    Especially through my Marsnall
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    I can't get over how good these Don Grosh G90's sound.
     
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    I can't get over how good these Don Grosh 90's sound. 20210304_084316.jpg
     
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