Anyone have a fix that'll keep my P90s from getting pushed in?

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  1. acwild

    acwild Member

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    I love these pickups but my hand keeps resting around the area of my bridge pickup and pushes it down enough that the sound changes. The pickup usually stays down where it's pushed so that I have to pull it back out. Anyone have a solution that doesn't require me to change where I rest my picking hand?
     
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    This. For me the strat-style pickup strings work great. Invert one underneath each screw. Perfect length, easy to screw down, and firm enough to provide plenty of upward push against your hands.
     
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    Hey, that's brilliant! Thanks! Now to see if I can find some better springs.
     
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    I use rubber tubing, the same stuff fender uses on telecasters and probably strats too.
     
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    If springs don't do it, cut some cardboard to the right thickness and size and use double sided tape to attach the cardboard to the guitar body under the pickup. The thickness is the space you want between the pickup and the body. You won't push it in after that.
     
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    I'm not sure what kind that you're referring to. I'll try anything at this point.

    This seems like the most practical fix based on what I have at hand.

    Thanks all! Is this a common problem?
     
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    A lot of guitar techs use pieces of the foam that the p90's come in when you buy them in the plastic box.. if you have any old pu boxes around cut a piece of that foam, lay it in the bottom.. screw it back it to height.. easy peasy.. and potentially less damaging than cardboard.. has some "give"
     
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    Great idea! I think I do have some foam sitting around here. Thanks! I've never taken a P90 out so I'm wondering what it looks like underneath.
     
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    ^this is how my LP is setup. Works well, but springs are obviously easier to adjust.

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    P90's are kind of a different animal when it comes to this. If you like resting on a P90, it may be best to get your height where you want it and then use a block of wood the proper thickness underneath the pup in question. Springs, foam corrugated cardboard, don't care what you use. It's gonna compress. Balsa is the easiest option in this case. And it'll compress a bit.
     
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    One of the first things I do when I get a new Fender, is take those damn things out. I hate those. They're useless.
     
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    Very good point. I don't necessarily like resting my hand on the pickup but my hand tends to rest near the bridge which pushes the pickup down every so often. The sound change is so obvious that I don't even have to look to see if it happened.
     
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    How about easing up on your picking hand...
     
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    There's a stiffer sort of foam that is used in electronic/optical instrument cases. This stuff compresses a little bit, but springs back; I use this in soarbar P90 setups.
     
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    I had a LP Special that would do this so I just cut a small piece of foam rubber and put it under the PU---worked like a charm
     
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    If you want to do it right, shim w/mahogany to your desired height. Are we talking LPs here? If not, use whatever wood the body is made if. It'll sound very close to direct mounting. I've tried the foam and this is much, much better.
     
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    Really? I'll trade you springs all day long for rubber tubing!

    For the OP, you can do some test fitting with wood scraps an make some risers that are the correct thickness to raise your pickups to the correct height. Since they don't compress, it will be similar to hard-mounting the pickups. They won't move at all.
     
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    What foam did you use?
     
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    Thanks for all the tips! It is for a Les Paul.
     

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