best P90's that fit humbucker cutouts

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  1. duality

    duality Supporting Member

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    Looking for some recommendations on where to start looking for p90s that'll fit a removed humbucker spot

    I have a late 90's korean epi casino and i think the p90s sound perfect, if that helps anyone with what neighborhood of p90 i am looking for
    i guess i would say... kind of in the middle between super hot and super mellow?

    thank you gents
     
  2. doublescale1

    doublescale1 Suhr S-Classic Gold Supporting Member

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    A search will provide a lot of recco's, this is a well covered quest. My personal experience with a HB sized P90 was with some Gibson P94's, cream covered (avail in black too). In spite of the big design/build differences they are very, very close to the classic Gibson P90 voiced soapbar pickups (imagine that, Gibson knows how to build a P90 ;-). I had them in a Ibanez Artist semi-hollow and they delivered on all the sonic goodness I was looking for. IIRC they were not over-wound, just a stock wind/output. Lot's of options out there, I'm sure more folks will chime in. Good Hunting.
     
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    I put a set of Manlius fat goats in my lp classic, I really like them. I would like to try p94s.
     
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    Bootstrap pickups has great prices, plastic covers and ppl give good reviews of their product too.
     
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    Start down that rabbit hole cheaply, try a gfs mean 90.
     
  6. Captainruss

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    BG Pure 90s. Hear great things about the GFS models too.
     
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  7. MartinC

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    I put Seymour Duncan Phat Cats in an Ibanez Artist. Worked well. I don't actually know how they compare side-by-side with a true P90 ... I just wanted to bring clarity and character when playing in the clean to mildly overdriven tone zone because the stock pickups were too bland in that regard. The Phat Cats did both of those things.
     
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  8. sedawkgrep

    sedawkgrep Supporting Member

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    Yeah BG for the win.
     
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    Gibson's p94 will do the job. Got one in a Junior, and it does not disappoint.
     
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    Gibson P94s are good, Rio Grande Bastard/Fat Bastard set is the best i tried. The Phat Cat sound far from P90s IMHO. I don't know why, maybe it's a metal pickup cover or something else. They sound good but not like P90s I think.
     
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    I once had some Vintage Vibe humbucker sized P90s that were sweet.
     
  13. white cloud

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    Another Vote for BG Pure90's
     
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    The Tom Anderson PH series sound awesome. Humcancelling too. He used to have a regular soap bar sized P series P90 pickup, but now only offers the PQ pickups for his soap bar sized offerings. From that I assume the hum cancelling option turned out to be as good or better than the regular single coil option.

    The PQ and PH pickups have coils perpendicular to the pole piece screws which is neither like a regular humbucker or a stacked single coil. Interesting design.
     
  15. James Hill

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    I've been more than happy with my Duncan Phat Cats.
     
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  16. Mincer

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    I'd go with P-Rails, and you get a real P90 pickup combined with a several other useful sounds. Add some Triple Shot rings to switch it all.
     
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    recently put a (neck) P-Rail in the neck position of my '50s Suhr Tele.
    only for the P90 coil, the other combinations were not a priority *. :dunno
    sounds glorious, balances perfectly with the stock bridge SC, and the dummy coil even reduces like 80% of the noise.
    highly recommended !
    Rhino

    * that said, one day I'll wire up a Super Switch to add the other coil some - got a cool diagram, @Mincer ?
    basically, I would like to add the parallel neck HB solo, and the rail coil + bridge (cutting out the dummy coil here, the rail is RW/RP vs the bridge, so I would have 3 layers left for the rest)
    don't really want triple shots or other switches, because a) Tele, and b) convenience
     
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    I've only used Triple Shots, but I am interested in your idea. It would also be interesting to wire the rail coil to a pot to 'blend in' with the P90 a little or a lot. Hmm...

     
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