Favorite Humbucker-Sized P90's

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Chandyland, Feb 7, 2012.

What are your favorite humbucker-sized P90's?

  1. BG Pure 90

  2. Gibson P94

  3. Fralin P92

  4. Lollar SCFH

  5. Seymour Duncan Phat Cat

  6. Vintage Vibe

  7. GFS Mean 90

  8. Harmonic Design Z-90

  9. Other (Please Specify)

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  1. Chandyland

    Chandyland Member

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    So after my previous thread about pickups in an SG, I'm seriously considering some humbucker-sized P90's.

    So, just wondering what your favorite humbucker-sized P90 is in terms of quietness, similarity to the originals, and, of course, overall tone. If yours isn't on the list, please specify which one you like!
     
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  2. Chandyland

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    Duncan P-Rails - Just 'cause I like 'em and they are not on the list ;)
     
  4. mad dog

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    There are many excellent choices out there. The one that keeps me coming back is "the pig" by Dave Stephens. I have the neck p/u in a Samick SAT650, left the stock bridge humbucker in place. The more I play that guitar, the better it sounds. The neck is P-90 like in some ways, not in others. Cleaner, less mids, but starts to get that beautiful P-90 edge and drive when you turn it up. It's a loud p/u, quiet in terms of extraneous noise.
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    The Z-90 isn't really attempting to be an accurate P-90 copy, but IMO it's one of the best sounding pickups of any type ever. Will it give you P-90 type growl and that meaty, powerful feeling clang? Yes - but it's not as midrangey and focused sounding - it's got a much wider freq spread and a lot more clarity across the spectrum.

    If you want P-90 accuracy, this is probably the wrong pickup to consider. But if accuracy isn't super important to you, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better sounding pickup.
     
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    Lollar SCFH's are awesome, especially in the neck position! They're not a P-90, but an awesome sounding pickup, clear and fat.
     
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    BKP Mississippi Queen

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    I have a set of the BG Pure 90s in my only current 'P90' guitar. Have no beef with them at all and I'd say the bridge Pure 90 is my favorite P90 tone I've ever owned.

    The neck... I really like it, but not quite as much as I liked my neck GFS Mean 90. Pretty close though and overall, between those two sets, I'd lean towards the BGs.

    The Phat Cats are alright, but they seem pretty lifeless in comparison.
     
  9. Chandyland

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    Please don't end my thread. :bonk
     
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    I have some Mean 90s from GFS in the bridge of my semi-hollow. Sounds pretty awesome to me- its fat and crunchy
     
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    Have a set of Mean 90s in an Ibanez Artcore. I'm a single coil junkie and I'm pleased with these.
     
  13. Grant Ferstat

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    Fralin P92's are a lovely pickup but don't really sound very much like a classic P90. I'm not exactly sure if they're supposed to. Same with the Harmonic Design Z90's - more of their own thing.
     
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  14. Chandyland

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    Bump for more opinions.

    To the people who answered Gibson P94, could you explain why? I'm interested because they are actual Gibsons.
     
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    I can't claim to have much experience with any of them except the HD Z-90, but I think that is a great pickup.
     
  17. JB Eckl

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    No one makes a noiseless HB sized P-90?
    Kinman? No one?
     
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    Exactly my point by voting for it ... lol
     
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    I like the Mean 90's. I recently got to compare them to the stock P90's in an SG. I like the Gibson P90's and the Means get purty close. They just have a bit more testicular fortitude. In a good way.
     
  20. Grant Ferstat

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    I edited my post but I think you understood me anyway!
     

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