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Can I replace a Dogear P90 with a Humbucker?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by solarbean, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. solarbean

    solarbean Member

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    I have a Hamer Korina Jr (Like a les paul junior) with a single bridge Dog Ear Duncan p90. The sound is a bit too trebley, airy, and harsh for my tastes.

    I'm interested in warming it up a bit. Maybe not as much as my standard Les Paul, but I definitely want to go in that direction.

    What are my options for an easy replacement to warm up the tone? Will mini-buckers help? Are they available in P90 form factor?
     
  2. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd look at different winds of the P90 pickup, available from Lollar, Fralin, Vintage Vibe Guitars, etc., LONG before I'd throw a 'bucker in there...

    But that's just me. ;)
     
  3. solarbean

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    I'm not very knowlegeable about the different types of P90's. I went to the Seymore Duncan web site and found a great pickup comparison page . Unfortunately, I do not know what type of P90 they put in these Hamer Korina Jr's. To my ears, it sounds like the SPH90-1 Phat Cat - harsh to my ears.

    What would you suggest for a warm bassey P90?
     
  4. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    Jason Lollar does a "50s Wind", also known as the "Sean Costello Wind." I would email him directly and explain the situation, and see what he recommends.

    I suspect you could also email Fralin, or Pete Biltoft at Vintage Vibe Guitars, and see what they suggest.

    I remember owning a couple PRS McCarty Soapbar guitars a few years back, which also had custom-wound Duncans... they sounded like what you describe in the Hamer - a little too hot and a little too bright - and I wasn't very happy with them, either...

    Duncan's Antiquity P90s are pretty damned good, too.

    The original P90s in my '53 ES-175 sound exactly like what you're looking for, and over the summer, I picked up an '06 VOS Les Paul Special, and I have to say that the stock Gibson P90s in that guitar sounded remarkably like the old ones in my '53. Another possible route for you to follow.

    There... now I've *really* muddied the waters. LOL!
     
  5. Funkwire

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    The Lollars or the Fralins will get you that tone on the neck pickup. A friend of mine has the Lollars in his PRS Singlecut and I have the Fralins in my Epi Gold Top. Lots of creamy, woody tone on the neck pup, and all the chainsaw edge on the bridge pup you could want! :dude
     

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