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Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by johnnyguitar, Jun 5, 2005.
Gibson P-94s are they the best choice for P-90s in a hum config???
I had one in a rear-rout basswood strat, and for the first hour after I installed it, it sounded better than any pickup I've ever heard, plus it sounded like different pickups depending on how I attacked the strings. A little fatter than a regular P-90, but sometimes as close as needed to a real P-90. I don't know what the hell happened, but after I played that first hour on it, then quit for the day, then played it again the next day, it seemed to have lost some sizzle that it had the first day I used it.
I've had that happen with other pickups too. I guess my playing style just sucks all the tone out of the pickup. Kind of an expensive curse to have. I guess if I ever do some real pro recording, I have to have a new pickup installed each hour. LOL !
Putting new strings on doesn't seem to do the trick either.
I'd like to see photos of a P-94 that's been taken apart.
Most purists hate these pickups. Most purists don't know what the hell they're talking about, they just want to act like traditional equipment made by Gibson, Fender, Martin from before the 70's is like a God to worship.
As far as I know, most of the P-90 sound is from using two bar magnets with the polarity a certain way, and if you match the coil windings/resistance, you get even closer.
I have one in the neck of a Tokai LS 120 combined with a DiMarzio PAF in the bridge, and it seems that it is able to amplify the acoustic sound of the guitar without changing it better than a humbucker. I'll probably change the bridge pickup back to the P-94 soon to check that, although I also like the DiMarzio as well as the sound of both pickups on. I can't say if it's the best P-90 clone ever, because I didn't try the other ones, but I'm very happy with its sound.
IMHO the P-94 is the best 'bucker-sized P-90 on the market today. I've put them in several guitars now, including PRS & Gibson, and never had a dissatisfied customer. As a matter of fact, every time my friends head into the studio, I always get the call... "Hey man, could we borrow that Les Paul you have with the cool pickups..." I should start charging rent
Try a set - if you really hate them, I'll buy them off you.
Argee on the P94's.Unlike the HD's Rio Grandes and Duncans which all sound a bit dull too me.I've tried them in a swamp ash body strat and they were great.They also sounded real good in a McCarty.
With due respect, John, if the HDs sound dull to you, I don't want to get anywhere near a P94, the treble will shear my head off.
Does this offer still stand?!
Yup! ...although you might have to wait til next month...
I've been calling all over the country tying to find a set of P94's in Black or cream with chrome.
If anyone has a set (without being backordered) I'd love to hear about it.