Great P-90’s

samuelson

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I’m looking for great P-90 pickups for a cover band thing for an Epiphone Casino. Love to hear suggestions
 

Dave1

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The Lollars are great but they lean a bit warm, Suhr also makes a great p90 and they lean a bit bright. Also look at Grosh and Frailins.
 

stilesg57

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Lollars are a great call for that application.

Zhangbucker also winds some great P-90s. I typically say go one step hotter than the description you prefer, but for an Epi Casino you might want to go with exactly the one that speaks to you.
 

Amp_Addicted

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If you are well heeled enough, why not go for the real McCoy. Here's a whole harness from the late 60's. Make an offer:


Otherwise, Lollar makes a fine a P90 as do many others. Even some stock used Gibson P90's from the recent past will work. I would go with the pickups that everyone is copying, but that's me. Late 60's P90 pickups sound great.

Lollars are a great call for that application.

Zhangbucker also winds some great P-90s. I typically say go one step hotter than the description you prefer, but for an Epi Casino you might want to go with exactly the one that speaks to you.
I have heard that Zhangbucker P90 pickups ae great. I have never tried them.
 

stilesg57

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SD is just fine. P90s are inherently hard to do too badly.
I have SD Hot 90s in an Ampeg AMG and they’re GREAT with gain but close to useless clean. Rockers only IMO. If you want to do Mississippi Queen they’re great. Anything else...there are several better choices.
 

Ragtime_gal

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I have SD Hot 90s in an Ampeg AMG and they’re GREAT with gain but close to useless clean. Rockers only IMO. If you want to do Mississippi Queen they’re great. Anything else...there are several better choices.
Pick your flavor like anything else, I have antiquities in a strat and they do well for me.
 

Guppie

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Just try to find some "normal" Gibsons. Maybe not "boutique" but they are up there with the best. Neck P90's are almost always a bit bass heavy and woofy with any P90.
P90's are like boiled eggs. They're very hard to f#@k up and you can't boil them "extra nice". Just avoid the really overwound ones. 8.5 is about the limit in my book. Preferably lower for the neck pickup. Might be a bit higher for the bridge.
 

Ragtime_gal

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Just try to find some "normal" Gibsons. Maybe not "boutique" but they are up there with the best. Neck P90's are almost always a bit bass heavy and woofy.
P90's are like boiled eggs. They're very hard to f#@k up and you can't boil them "extra nice". Just avoid the really overwound ones. 8.5 is about the limit in my book. Preferably lower for the neck pickup.
This is good advice. Chasing the tone chasers who are flipping their stock pups has served me with 498s, probable the same here.
 

zwiefldraader

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P H E N O M E N A L

Really. They are easy ,, effortless to play with a somewhat chunkier neck for a off-the-shelf guitar, made very good.
Maybe not flawless, although I never found one on my brothers.

My brother got the RS502, while I got the RS820 (with Humbuckers).
I played the RS502T (with that strange Tailpiece, not the wraparound) and voted for the 820 then, which seemed better hardware.
After that my brother ordered his 502 online - the wraparound version.

To be honest, although the price tag is considerably steeper on the 820 compared to the 502, these are basically the same guitars. Just P90s vs HBs and a different wraparound (and one can argue about which one´s better).

The wood and the craftmanship are literally identical. Same quality, at least the same attention to detail with the 502.
If I had to make the same decision again, I´d go with the 502 (because I prefer P90s).
If ones will, you can easily get a bone-nut (nothing wrong with the one that is already on the RS) and a one-piece-wraparoung (I prefer those over the ones that are on these guitars, though I don´t hear any degredation soundwise with the one that is stock) for the same or less money the RS820 is.

Revstar? Kills any SG and gives Les Paul Studio DCs a really hard life.
 

Ragtime_gal

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P90s in a Strat is the most unsung guitar/pickup combo of all time :dude

That makes sense: Antiquities which aren’t overwound and are a little degaussed probably have a ton more dynamic range than the Hot 90s.
Amen friend. I thought about posting previously: that strat is strattier than pretty much all of my other single coil strats. Cuz P90s are just great.

Haters jump in: Guitar Madness P90s are said to be crazy good.
 

Scottunes

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Gibson has an "underwound" P-90 that replicates the great 50s sound. That would likely be as close as you'll get to the original Epi Casino sound, which is, of course, phenomenal! I've got 'em in a 330 and an SG. KILLER p'ups!
 

jvin248

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+1 what's the problem with the stock pickups? If there is a tone problem you can swap pots 'n caps, or adjust pickup heights to fix 90% of the tone problems. Otherwise:

Ebay import P90s are great.
2/$20 or less.
Look at the construction pictures and choose the one that looks the most refined.
Avoid the ones with silicone goop squeezing out of them.

I find more of the ebay pickups have lower internal capacitance than the popular brands often put up in these types of threads. Low capacitance gives more clarity, less muddiness, just like boutique hand-wound pickups.

Buy a couple different sets to try even.

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TDLP

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I'm a big fan of Bareknuckle P90's, I've got a Blue Note in my 12 string and that thing sound amazing. Lovely low output pickup with plenty of top end and midrange
 

joafink2

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Fralin
Arcane
Righteous Sound

Those are a few of my favorite P90s, but as others have said, P90s are hard to do badly.
 




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