Dimarzio P90 pickups

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  1. David Myka

    David Myka Gold Supporting Member

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    I need some advice on pickups if anyone has any to share about the Dimarzio P90 series, specifically the Virtual P9o, DLX, and Tone Zone pickups. Any experiences?

    Essentially the idea is to find a P90 that is hum cancelling but still retains most of the P90 tone and response. Would these fit the bill? Any other recommendations?

    The guitar will have a mahogany body, maple (or quilted sapele) top, rosewood neck, and ebony fingerboard.

    Thanks,
    ~David
     
  2. george4908

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    I played a Suhr Tele in a shop that was loaded with the Virtual P-90s. I was skeptical, but I thought that was a fine sounding guitar when played clean. But for the appearance, I would have thought P-90s all the way. Did not get a chance to play it cranked. It was a while ago, so I'm hesitant to describe the particulars, I just remember liking it a lot more than I expected.
     
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    David-R Supporting Member

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    The Tone Zone is a P-90 sized humbucker and sounds nothing like a real P-90. Ditto for the Super Distortion.
     
  4. David Myka

    David Myka Gold Supporting Member

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    That's sort of what I expected. They are humbuckers after all. They may be good in a combo of a P90 sized humbucker in the bridge and a pair of real P90s in the mid and neck.

    Thanks for all the replies. When I decide which way to go with this I will post my results.

    ~David
     
  5. Chiba

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    The Virtual will do the trick for you. I've had them in several guitars where hum cancelling was more important than pure vintage tone and they worked great at exactly that. Not quite pure P-90 tone, but real close.

    --chiba
     
  6. alanfc

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    hi-
    how can we judge the output on all the different P90 makers/models?
    I ask because my SD Custom Custom output is strong enought that I don't need to use much preamp gain on my amp therefore and I get good presence.
    The SD Custom Custom is DC-14.1 or something, but I read somewhere that this number isn't related to power/output?

    I just want a hum-cancelling P 90 that will allow me to keep my amp gain knob low like I do now.
     

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