Best P-90 pickups for rock and roll ?

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  1. raul

    raul Member

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    Hey there. i don't have a lot of experience with P-90 pickups but there is a lot of buzz going around about these pickups. i hear that the Agile guitars with P-90's are great!
    I'm an SG Special player. i love SG guitars. i sorta gave up on Les Pauls because of the wieght on my shoulder. The SG is great for me. I play high energy rock and roll music, with a Traynor YBA 1 amp, and a Boss SD 1 for overdrive. i love the thick sound of humbuckers.
    Will a P-90 do the trick for my craving for a big thick yet cut through the mix tone? are they too thin? i have that idea in my head since they are kinda like single coils? can they grind like a humbucker? are they just as full bodied?
    What do you folks think?
     
  2. JES1680

    JES1680 Silver Supporting Member

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    Duncan has the SP2 and3's.
    Not sure what Hamer puts in their guitars stock. I think it's the 2's that I have. They are very hot, punchy and will do rock / hard rock easily. I prefer Lollars in the neck position and for clean and blues, but in the bridge for the harder stuff I really like the cut of the SD's.
     
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    Anybody try TrueTone's P-90s?

    and how does a P-90 compare sonically to a Filtertron?
    and to a Rickenbacker Pup?
     
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    A lentz dual P-90 model. i have one and it absolutely kills! I have two 50's goldtops to compare it to as well. Just unbelievably good tones coming out of this geet!
     
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    Hamer uses a neck Hot P90 and a bridge Custom P90 (which is hotter than the hot P90) in their Specials. These can be had for cheap all day long on eBay and the pickups are perfect for rock. They have the girth of humbucker with a bit of stringiness that helps them cut through. They might not be the best for pristine clean tones (they're not bad though) but they're great with any level of distortion.

    -Austin
     
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    If you like SG's you might consider getting a stock SG and dropping Seymour Duncan Phat Cats in it. You shouldn't have to mod the SG at all since the Phat Cats are humbucker sized P90's.

    I put some Phat Cats in a Les Paul and I love it. To me it sounds like a Telecaster with balls. It's a good single coil sound clean but fattens up nicely with gain. I play that guitar quite a bit.
     
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    for a good example of what an SG with p90's sounds like listen to the Who "Live at Leeds" ...not "thin"
     
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    Lindy described this pickup to me as a noiseless P-90. I bought one and he wasn't kidding. I'm very impressed with it. Lots of snap and broad bandwidth. It is humbucker in size and I'm buying two more to use in a dual HB guitar. You should check them out as a possibility.
     
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    For rock and fushion leads I like Duncan's hum cancelling personally.

    Gregory
     
  10. raul

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    wow, thanks for the tips! after doing some research, i think Harmonic Designs offers some really cool P-90's. and the Z-90 seems like a good one for rock and roll. and those Lollars are pretty awesome! geez, what am i gonna end up with? i just want a big rock tone! more research...
     
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    I've got a goldtop with P 90's that rocks much harder than my standard with Antiquities. The goldtop kicks so much as that I'm going to buy a phat cat for the neck position of my standard now. A friend of mine has one in the neck position of his prs singlecut and it sounds great. SG's rule and ones with P 90's kick even more ass!
     
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    HI CALLOWAY!

    I like the stock gibson P 90 in my LP Jr. bset rock guitar I own. (and my favorite)

    I just bought a set of Wolfetone P 90s fror my ES 135 off of a forum member here. I'm looking forward to waking up that guitar.

    Here's m' Jr.
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    SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!
    Man that's a nice looking Jr. let me know when you put those pickups in the 135, I definately want to check em out, I'll bring over the goldtop. Nice to hear from ya!
     
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    Will do. On a couple of side notes Nice clips at the Bumbox site. I was this close to looking into one of those when this came along.


    http://pic11.picturetrail.com/VOL361/492960/8642147/117537399.jpg

    All in due time.
    :)
     
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    Damn, that is one sweet looking V man. Yeah, the Bumbox 1 watters are pretty damn cool for the price, I'm actually testing a combo out for him this week, and then another EL 84 combo for Jory to send out to him in LA. Best of luck with the V!
     

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