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P 90's?

wichita

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Could you guys give me your opinions on which p90's are the best?
I just got a custom made non reverse firebird with 2 P 90's and am looking to put some better pickups in it.
Thanks
 

DerekMinnich

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Harmonic Designs sound excellent. I haven't heard the Lollar's yet but I've heard they are flat out killers. Supposed to just have the right balance of everything. I wonder when WCR is gonna start into the P90's unless he makes them but doesn't have them on his site.
 

DerekMinnich

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No prob....by the way...I've never paid attention to how different Filtertrons and a P90 are in size...but if they run the same dimensions, I bet some TV Jones Pup's(Like a TV'Tron, PowerTron, or Thundertron) would sound awesome in a firebird.
 

wichita

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Maybe so.
My friend Chris Hoffschnieder built me the coolest non reverse sort of thing. Put cactus fret markers in and hand stained the body. Very unique and super cool.
Im gonna call Jason....
 

Heffjbaby

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I played a friends Koll Glide Jr. with two Lollars' and a hipshot trem. I nearly cried when I had to hand it back to him 2 hours later! I had a Pensa Classic guitar built by John Suhr's protege Mas just after John left Rudy's in NYC. I used two great original P 90's from a 50's Les Paul in that guitar. In retrospect they now sound muddy and less balanced than the Lollars'. I know what my next guitar and pickup is gonna be!
 

Chrissy

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I love the Fralin Alnico P90s I put in my Hamer Goldtop (the vintage style ones without the adjustable polepieces) for a vintage type of sound.

Lance, I have a NR Firebird myself and think they are a REALLY cool guitar (mine has 2 hums - Lollar Imperials btw!) and I'd LOVE to see a pic of your new guitar if possible.

Chris
 

wichita

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I'll see if I can post one. Chris did all this custom stuff so it really is original looking although the basis for the thing is the non reverse firebird.
I will try to take some photos of it tonight.
 

Dr Rico

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I have a set of Jason Lollar's excellent P90s in my McSoapy. They are my fave. They are not as middy and snarly as the old Gibson P90s, though. They have a wider bandwidth and an overall more modern feel. But I find they are way more versatile and sound really great. I'm not the least bit interested in swapping them out...and I change pups like some folks change their knickers.
 

Chris

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I put a set of Lollars in my McInturff Taurus, and thought they were quite an improvement over the stock (DiMarzio) P-90s. However, I also have a TCM Royal with Fralin P-90s, and I prefer the sounds coming out of the Royal. It's not a fair comparison because the Taurus and the Royal are two very different guitars, but I'm pretty pleased with the Fralins. I'd love to swap the Fralins in the Royal out for Lollars just to find out for sure, but that's a fair amount of work, and so far, I'm in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" happy place.
 

big mike

Cathode biased
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Played a Driskill with 3 Rio Grande P90s yesterday and WOW. The best P90 tone ever!
 

mainsale

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I like Jason Lollar's P-90's and ended up putting a set into my Gibson LP Special, McInturff Royal and McInturff Sportster. The Royal really shines with these excellent P-90's!
 

ericb

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Originally posted by splatt
lk,
on balance, i really the dig the HD vp-90's.
i also totally dig jason lollar's bridge p-90 (his neck p-90 is a bit jammed-up/constricted in the low-mids, to me, w/a bit too much information), and fralin's slightly underwound neck p-90 (his standard-wind bridge p-90 is kinda 'whiny' & small, to me).
dt / spltrcl
Never tried the Lollar's .. .Actually never even heard of them and I'm surprised so many here have! However, when I got a really nice Robin Savoy guitar awhile back , I was on a quest to find the best neck p90 for it, and my quest ended with a Duncan Antiquity.. IT's just beautiful... Didn't like the Bridge Antiquity much but the neck model was great(at least in that guitar which is a mahagony semi-hollow body)

ERIC
 

tybone

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Quick Tech question. Do you guys (and potentially gals) go for a RWRP on one of your P-90's to cancel hum when both pups are on?
 

big mike

Cathode biased
Platinum Supporting Member
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Originally posted by tybone
Quick Tech question. Do you guys (and potentially gals) go for a RWRP on one of your P-90's to cancel hum when both pups are on?
Yup. Best way to go. Doesn't effect tone IMO, so it's nice to have one position that cancels.
 




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