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Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by fin, Sep 4, 2005.

  1. fin

    fin Guest

    OK guys- I have pretty much decided to go with P90's in my Ibanez 335 copy.

    Since this will be my #1 axe- I want to get this right.

    Since the guitar originally had humbuckers- what are my options if I don't want to change the wood?

    Everybody seems to recommend the Lollars over the Harmonic Designs, would the Lollars fit? Does Wagner make a P90?

    Also- how bad is the hum with these? Will the middle position be somewhat hum canceling? Anybody know what Lollar's lead time is?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Neill

    Neill Member

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    The HD Z90's seem to be the most popular...

    I would suggest using the search function as there have been numerous threads on just this subject.

    Good Luck!
     
  3. Scott_F

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    Duncan Phat Cats are a good choice.
     
  4. reallylost

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    Harmonic Designs makes a P-90 that will fit in a humbucker rout, Lollar does not. Check their websites for further details like model numbers etc.

    They are all somewhat hummy (!) but they are single coils after all.

    Go with the HD's - lead time is about 4 weeks I believe.

    John.
     
  5. Motorhed

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    i'll vote for phat cats, but they're the only hum-sized P90 i've been able to try. i havent had much problem with noise other than with high gain, which isnt enough to be a problem.
     
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    JingleJungle Member

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    I'll get you a set of Häussel P90HB puppies (P90s in humbucker frames).
    We can go as far as tweaking the mags to optimize for your target Tone.

    Someone of our members is already sitting pretty with a Peter Green set of PAF clones of which he is VERY happy (he's a pro, BTW).

    JJ
     
  8. joek86

    joek86 Supporting Member

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    Hey Splatt,

    What do you like better about the HD's?

    Joe
     
  9. Scott_F

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    In the past, to get Phat Cats, you had to buy a Hamer with them or you could order some through the Duncan custom shop. Joe and Seymour came up with them to put into one of the Hamers (Newport?). Alnico 2 magnets. They sound like true P90s cuz they are true P90s in a hummer cover. HD's are not exactly true p90s if you take one apart. Sound pretty good I guess, but I didn't care for them.

    I think Rio Grande makes a version as well.
     
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    what about fralin P-92s? They're noiseless too.
     
  11. Robboman

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    Hum-sized P-90s from Pete @ vintagevibeguitars.com.
     
  12. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    I'll just add that Lollar certainly could make a P90 in a humbucker housing, though it would be a custom piece and would be more expensive.

    Bryan
     
  13. Neill

    Neill Member

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    ...though his pups seem reasonably priced to begin with so really it may not cost you anymore for his pups vs other builders
     
  14. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    You'd have to talk to him to find out what it would cost. I just had a custom P90 built for a G&L pickup cover and it was $200. I have no idea what would be involved to make one for a humbucker housing, especially if a cover had to be made.

    Here's my new pickup:

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    It sounds great!
    Bryan
     
  15. Neill

    Neill Member

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    you'd now better than I.... just seemed natural his prices would be decent on a custom piece



    nice sig by the way... crim
     
  16. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    His prices on his standard pickups do seem really reasonable, especially the P90s. Jason was very easy to work with and also very quick in making this pickup for me. It took less than two weeks, including shipping from me to him and back to me! I figured that I have spent $200 on an overdrive, so why not spend the same amount on a pickup that does what I want?

    Re: my sig

    :)

    King Crimson is one band that I've been able to listen to for years without growing bored.

    Bryan
     
  17. Neill

    Neill Member

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    His p90's are reasonably priced... i have a set going into a custom guitar being built by David Myka presently.

    Re:Crim

    They are as good/relevant now as ever... Power to Believe and specifically Level 5 ****k me up....
     
  18. gizmo

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    I love a good mystery...EVH, Jimmy P...are you out there? :D
     
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    Talking of which Bill Chapin handwinds a P90 (well it sure sounds like it to me..) that fits in a Strat cover. The trick is to back of the tone slightly - back off the volume and tone full up it turns into the best Strat bridge pick up you've (ie meaning me) heard.
    Just adding to the knowledge.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    Last time I asked Mr Lollar about making a hum size P90 he said he wouldn't do it because it would chang the tone.

    But things may have changed and if they have .....:BEER
     

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