Best humbucker sized p90s??

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  1. gushtone

    gushtone Silver Supporting Member

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    Hey all,
    I thought I started a thread on this before but I could not find it. I am looking for some nasty vintage (read 50's/60's Gibson style) P90 tone to insert into a couple of HB guitars.
    What are your faves and why?
    What have you compared them to? (in true P90's as well as HB sized)
    Looking for lots of detail about tone, grit, grind, bite, bottom, sparkle, top, etc.
    Thanks!!!
    Peace...
     
  2. rjaneshek

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    I've tried the SD Phat Cat and didn't like it. It wasn't really very "Phat". I have heard really good things about Gibson's own P-94. I'm sure you'll get some other opinions.
     
  3. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    A lot of people like the Fralin P-92.
     
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    I have three PhatCats in my Les Paul Custom (how's that for sss?). I think they sound great...NOT exactly like a P90, but great in their own right, kind of in between a P90 and a humbucker...they are phatter than a standard P90, in my opinion (I have a les paul DC with stock P90's for comparison). I have not tried any others.
     
  5. trumpus

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    Tell me more about the P92's....I'm interested in dropping them into an Ibanez AM-205.

    A buddy of mine had some Harmonic Design Z90's in an old Ibanez semihollow and raved about 'em...

    Brian
     
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    The Z-90s don't sound exactly like a P-90 though - more like a high output cross between a P-90 and a Jazzmaster pickup. Way more full range freq wise than a standard P-90...
     
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    trumpus Supporting Member

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    So, for the uninformed, how does this translate in terms of sonic differences?

    Brian
     
  8. Mike7

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    Best one I ever heard was an old Dimarzio, and I still have it.
     
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    In comparison to a P-90, the Z-90 has a lot more bottom and top end sparkle. Less prominent midrange, and less compression - more articulate and clear.
     
  10. gushtone

    gushtone Silver Supporting Member

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    Good feedbck folks, thanks. Okay, not which one sounds the most like a real P90?
     
  11. Cobra

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    I use the HD Z-90's, & will echo the above posts. They are definitely their own thing, but they sound fantastic.

    I also use Tonerider Rebel 90's... Pretty much dead on P-90 tones for chump change. They are a little hotter than vintage wind 50's P-90s. Extremely well made & packaged, they're a great value.
     

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