Melancon P90 Artist - replace pickups?

funkle

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I just got a killer P90 Artist. Thanks Merlin!

I found that the non-hum canceling (middle) toggle position is by far my favorite. The noiseless positions are just thinner and inferior IMO. This leads me to believe that a nice boutique set of P90s would make this baby really sing - not that it sounds bad with the Duncans. Are any of you guys replacing the pickups? What are you using? One thing I like about this guitar is that it is a little more refined and less raw sounding that other P90 guitars (I like the raw too, but it is good to have alternatives). I'd like to keep that I think, since I have the Loller equipped Hamer Artist which is a one RAW(k) guitar!
 

Stephen Landry

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I replaced the Duncans in my old P90 Artist with a set of underwound Fralins and was very pleased. Gorgeous smooth tone. I still miss that guitar.
 

tommc

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I highly recommend the vintage vibe P-90s. Check them out here. They come with both alnico and ceramic magnets which you can swap yourself. I have a set in my Les Paul Deluxe and they are not coming out. Reasonably priced too in my opinion.
 
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I highly recommend the vintage vibe P-90s. Check them out here. They come with both alnico and ceramic magnets which you can swap yourself. I have a set in my Les Paul Deluxe and they are not coming out. Reasonably priced too in my opinion.

Another vote for VVG :)
 

Merlin

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Hey Sven,

Glad you are enjoying the Mel; it's truly a beauty. Let's us know what you decide on the new PUPs.
 

big mike

Fire Josh McDaniels!
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Pete makes good stuff.

I'll also toss out Wolfetone for some killer P90s.
 

funkle

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Thanks for the suggestions. I've heard good things about the VVGs

I replaced the Duncans in my old P90 Artist with a set of underwound Fralins and was very pleased. Gorgeous smooth tone. I still miss that guitar.

The Fralins are high on my list. I've wanted to try some Suhr S90s too. I don't really know what to expect from the Suhrs, other than they should be great if they're anything like the other Suhr PUs.
 

TomK

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I'm having a set of TV Jone Filtertrons fitted to my P90 artist as we speak.
http://www.tvjones.com/pickups/tv_classic.htm

He makes the filtertrons in a p90 housing in either cream or black. My P90 artist is 6120 orange so I am going with cream.

I have a pretty early P90 artist. The Duncan's have just never really floated my boat. Too dark and muddy over all. After playing a Cajun artist at NAMM last month I fell in love with the TV Jones pick-ups. After discussing it with Gerard we decided to make the change.

YMMV.
 

Kalalau Hiker

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I am also considering switching P90s in two of my Mels

anyone use Lolars/Rio Grandes/ any thing else?
 




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