Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Gdog, Nov 16, 2005.
I am thinking about building a warmoth strat with p-90's. Has anybody done this?
Sweet! Tell me about your green machine.
Built by Uberluthier/pickup genius Dominick Ramos for me in 1994. Dom made the pickups, pickup covers, bridge, etc. in addition to practically carving the neck and body with a pocket knife. 1 piece Ash body, set 1 piece Maple neck with Walnut skunk stripe.
Don't forget that Fender has the Strat-O-Sonic with two BlackDove P90/Single types.
Nice! Is it your "go to" guitar, or do you mainly play another?
Here's my go to. Finally nailed down a killer set of PUs for it.
Oh man, that's a killer guitar....
Thanks, Matte! You've got great taste for guitars.
But how about a Z-90 Strat? I did one of those, using Warmoth parts and like it a lot.
I've always sort of fought with Strats with the old school vintage pickup array. The neck is fab, middle O.K. but then the bridge is narrow and thin, to my ears anyway. Almost begs for a re-set of the amp e.q. So I'd reset my amp, to get the bridge fattened up, and find a boomy thing going when I went back to the neck. Over the years I've always augmented Strats with various aftermarket pickup choices, in the interest of power and balance. So the Z-90's work that out pretty quick.
Some things to look out for:
String spacing is different on Fender pickups versus stock P-90s. So be aware of that. Also a P-90 as a neck pickup, can be just a shade problematic if you have a really bendy legato style, since the pole piece screws are narrow and you can bend into lower volume a little bit here and there. Probably not an issue for most, but in the interest of full disclosure etc.
All in all P-90's are so ornery and versatile, they are just about my favorite sound. If it wasn't for the hum, I'd use them even more. YMMV.
Why thank you! Don Grosh built me a couple of incredible guitars back in the late 1990s. Big fan of his work.
Thanks, Mark, for the info.
Sounds like the Z-90 guitar is not your go to guitar. What do you mainly play?
I made this one last year, and it's one of my favorites. I made the body of solid mahogany, USCG 25" scale neck, Fralin P90's. Sounds awesome.
My P-90 Strat is a mongrel, but it looks good and plays great! The key is the pickups - Vintage Vibe hum-size P-90s. Specs:
- Mid-80s MIJ Fender Strat body
- Mighty Mite neck w/vintage tuners
- MIM trem
- Vintage Vibe humbucker size P-90 (Pete Biltoft)
- Warmoth custom pickguard
- 1975 BMW 2002 paint (Malaga - dark maroon) much darker than the pick
I can't say enough about the pickups - they are among the best I've played. Very articulate and toneful across the entire fretboard - no weaknesses. All-in-all, a cool Strat for a pretty decent investment.
You mean like this?
I found it on Gbase a while back when I was looking for a 3 P90 strat-type thing (I ended up with a CU22 Soapbar).
Schecter makes one, and Ernie Ball makes an Albert Lee with 3 P90s (ash body, mapleneck/board).
I played an Albert Lee a couple weeks ago, it was a really cool sounding guitar. The neck was a bit narrow & thin for my taste, but boy did that guitar have some killer tones coming out of it. Short of having a custom guitar built - or doing it myself - if I wanted a Strat with P-90s, I'd be buying an Albert Lee. Really.
Chiba, I agree the neck is a little narrow, but I don't find it thin, it's very close to my Gibson 60 Historic. Definately not thick, but not too thin. Very comfy.
not P 90 but in the ballpark.
USACG neck/Warmoth body, Harmonic Design Z 90 pups with vol-vol-tone, 3 way switch. blending volumes in middle postion yields many cool usable tones.