View Full Version : P-90 vs. single coil

03-04-2010, 01:24 PM
How close in sound is a normal single coil to a p90?

Like a std american tele compared to my tc90 tele?



03-05-2010, 10:57 AM
P90 is a single coil pickup, just a wider one with a larger magnetic window. Uh, it's fatter sounding than a more narrow pickup, with less top end bite. Play some, you'll see.

03-06-2010, 07:22 PM
Ohh ok thanks, so its basically a thicker type of single coil?

03-07-2010, 01:48 AM

03-07-2010, 07:08 AM
i love p90s! my next guitar will be an sg classic.

03-07-2010, 05:31 PM
are the MFD G & L pickups somewhere in the middle?

03-07-2010, 05:44 PM
Big differences between the P-90 and a fender-style Strat/Tele PU is the wider coil (which can contribute more noise...larger antenna) and the magnet construction.

The P-90 uses steel pole pieces that touch not one, but two bar magnets mounted underneath the PU (by comparison, a PAF humbucker has one magnet), much of the P-90's umph comes from its large magnetic output. By comparison, a Fender single uses magnets *as* pole pieces, 6 individual magnets, it adds a lot of the Fender top end.

The P-90 has noticeably more output and midrange than a Fender PU, much fatter/thicker sounding, but being single coil still offers great clarity and definition between notes and between strings...none of the humbuckers phase-y midrange mud.

The G&L MFD PU is more Fender-like, not really in the middle, except maybe on output. Leo's MFD design revolves around hot ceramic PU's paired with weak coils. Weaker coils mean less noise. The balance was to create a more Fender-esque PU with less noise, in reality it does have more output and a bit more balls than traditional Fender styles.

03-07-2010, 07:25 PM
P90's are very cool and different sounding than a regular strat pickup. I think you've just gotta play one to hear and exerience one properly. Go to a music store, find a guitar so equiped and give it a go. That would be my advice anyway. They're weird (and cool) in how they can sound sweet or snarly depending on pick attack and amp/pedal settings. Very unusual and wonderful little beasts they are.

03-08-2010, 01:35 PM
I love the p-90s on my fender TC-90. Better than the humbuckers on my gibson

03-08-2010, 03:06 PM
P-90 pickups behave differently than most single coils and humbuckers. They clean up (lose mids) when you dial the volume down, instead of losing high end, resulting in muddy tone and research into RS Guitarworks pots & caps. They do hum...but sometimes it's worth it.

03-08-2010, 03:34 PM
I've never been a fan of single coils but I love p90's. thicker and warmer in my opinion. got a Bare Knuckle P92 on the way for my tele.

03-09-2010, 07:28 PM
How are those fralin p-92s and the twangmaster? Are those the size of a widerange humbucker?

03-15-2010, 09:23 PM
Do all P-90s sound this good? I forgot what kind of P90s my TC90 has. They're seymour duncans,

03-15-2010, 10:30 PM
How are those fralin p-92s and the twangmaster? Are those the size of a widerange humbucker?

I just dropped a set into my sg couple weeks ago. They're HB sized. I never really dug the HBs that came standad on my sg, and have always been a single coil dude. I really like them, clarity of a single coil, but fuller. Not quite a traditional p90 sound, but have similar characteristics.

03-15-2010, 11:11 PM
P90's are noisy SOB's, but they sound so good that it doesn't matter. If I had to choose only one type of PU they would be it.

03-16-2010, 06:13 AM
To me they're closer to a clearer, less muddy humbucker than a Fender single coil. I actually sold my Gibson faded with P-90's because I could pretty much get that sound with my Hamer with a JB and '59 but without the hum. Maybe not exactly, but very close-to the point I rarely picked up the Gibson. I used it mostly for Zeppelin type stuff-which is what it seemed suited to, and of course the Who.