P90s humbuckers size

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  1. Sean65

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    Hi Guys,

    Any experience of a humbucker route P90 that might get me close to a 50s Les Paul P90 type tone? I'm not looking for an exact replica but something that would get me in the ballpark.

    I'd like to put them in a PRS S2 Custom 22 (which is probably more SG than Les Paul...)

    Cheers
    Sean
     
  2. blowtorch

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    I like GFS Mean90s. I also like their Dream90s and Surf90s, but the M-90s are closest to trad P-90 sounding, I'd say

    They are cheap enough, and easy to find, even used
     
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    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I knew someone who liked their phat cats.
     
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    I have SD Phat Cats with nickel covers in a Tele build. Drop in humucker route. I like them a lot and If you use a treble bleed and roll off the volume slightly it'll get pretty close. The Les Paul shape and woods impart the warm lower mid hump that can't quite replicate with just pickups. imho.
     
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    +1 on the Phat Cats and Mean 90s. Both are good.

    My favorites are Harmonic Design Z90s.

    Another great option is Seymour Duncan’s p-rails.




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    The 22 is more LP, the 24 is more SG -- due to the frets pushing the neck pickup back toward the bridge just like LP vs SG is.


    As far as P90s in humbucker packages ... I have a 1970 MIJ Global LP running again with a P90 bridge and a Gretsch-style neck single coil (Dynasonic?). It's fun. I also have a dual soapbar P90 guitar and these humbucker sized ones can hit the growl. I'd be cautious about either style P90 in the neck as they can be dark or too muddy unless you do a good job with selecting (measured actual) values of pots and caps. But in the bridge, P90s are like a ball room brawl in a box. Humbuckers lost a lot of tone chasing that noise reduction. You can find good sounding pickups on ebay or GFS too and the price makes experimenting attractive.

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    IMG_20190718_084051260.jpg I've got mean 90's in a hollowbody and really like them. It's a particularly bright guitar, tried dream 90's but didn't really like them.
     

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    Bare Knuckle Nantucket HSP90.

    Made in England.
     
  9. Dacious

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    Seymour Duncan P-rails. Vintage P90 plus rail single and parallel coil hummer or super hot series humbucker. Best of all worlds. Plus if you get the PAF miniswitcher mount it turns it into a simple switching options/wiring job.

    You lose nothing but gain a ton of versatility.
     
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    I've got a build in progress at the moment, for which I have a got a set of the Kinman "P90 Bucker"...more than just a P90..more than just a humbucker. I wish I had the time to get the thing finished in the near futur, but it will have to wait for a few months yet.
     
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    Check out Bareknuckle demos on YouTube.

    At least one of GFS dreams is a Jazzmaster style and not P magnet topology where the field is parallel to the strings.
     
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    Have not used a lot of these, but out of the ones I have, the BG Pure 90's are about the closest to real P-90's . I've heard great things about the Kinmans and Bare Knuckles.
     
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    I have a Gibson P94 in the neck of my Epi 339.

    Based upon reviews at the time I was torn between that and the phat cats.

    I agree with jvin248; choose pots and caps for neck position carefully it could get dark sounding. Meaning; smaller cap value, and higher pot value.

    I used a 0.015 cap and; based on what I know now, I would have paid more attention to seeking out a tone pot that was on the high side of the 500k range. You'll have to test the pots with a meter. Or just use a 1meg pot.
     
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    Haja, the usual rabbit hole of choice.

    The Kinman's sound great but probably a little to hi-fi for me. Bare Knuckle seem to have a good selection (also, UK based is good for me)

    I'll check out that review, thanks for the link.

    Sean
     
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    Always enjoy posting this picture when the subject of HB-sized P-90s comes up. Lollar P-90s in my surf green HH Telecaster. This is my number one gigging guitar right now (slightly edging out my Gretsch 6120N). These pickups are hot (Neck 9.7K, Bridge 10.8K) but they sound great!

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    I like Fralins a lot, and Phat Cats, but the closest to "real" p90 tone is going to be pRails without a doubt.
     
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    I have a TV Jones T90. I think it's killer.
     
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    I don't really have anything useful to contribute, other than I think that quote is priceless! :)
     
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