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P90's vs Jazzmaster Pickups: Much Difference?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by brapscallion, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. brapscallion

    brapscallion TDPRI Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    Preston, UK
    I play mainly Post-Punk, but also with heavy sections. It's my band workhorse guitar, so it has to be suited to this task. I think the P90's could be a good middle ground.

    And Bareknuckle! I wish I could afford them!

    This is all great info. Thankyou.

    This sounds just what I'm after. I know it's specific, but something that distorts, but can also go pretty clean for scratchy/solo parts.

    Creamery! Just down the road from me! Problem is with stuff like Creamery Pickups is price. I know it's a solid investment, but I can get a pair of Warman Humbucker-Sized P90's for £30 delivered, which is incredible value. And if I don't like em, it's not such a risk!
  2. Jason Lollar

    Jason Lollar Tele-Meister

    Mar 22, 2003
    Seattle WA
    yeah we make alnico pole p-90s and you get more of a splashy fendery sound but the lower wider coil gives it a little bit of the p-90 sound too with less mids than a screw pole bar magnet design.
    That article about moving your strat pickups- a huge part of pickup tone is coil shape, low wide coils have more inductance- henries- than tall narrow coils. Tall narrow coils sound brighter and clearer, low wide more bassy and rounder. A strat coil is never going to sound like a jazzmaster. Thing about jazzmasters is they have the same turn count as a strat but because the length of wire is longer per turn (because of the diameter of the coil) the ohms read much higher- ohms = how many feet of a certain gauge wire. A strat about 6.2K equals a jazzmaster about 8.2K with the same amount of turns. If you are really tuned in youll notice a jazzmaster doesnt really have much more output than a strat, it may seem like it does because of the extra bass making your amp give it up faster but listen to the upper mids and treble- level of distortion will be very close to a strat.
    Big three part article on jazzmasters if you search my blog.
    an 8.2K P-90 takes about 2000 turns more compared to a jazzmaster so 10.000 turns of 42 vs 8000- makes a big difference in output and midrange plus other design factors but the 1/4 tall coil instead of the 1/8 tall in a jazzmaster makes a big difference in coil circumfrence.
    oyobass and bullfrogblues like this.
  3. sothoth

    sothoth Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

    Nov 24, 2010
    Jason, Thanks for the info. Really cool! I had never put 2 and 2 together about height and width influencing sound/character so much
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