P90s Spacer Rings

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  1. Kmaz

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    Anyone here using Spacer Rings for their Dogear P90s? A recommended mod?
     
  2. sliberty

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    My CS P90 based Gibsons definitely don't need them. They sound fantastic just the way they are. I have a soap bar CS Gibby too, and it also needs no help at all.

    A friend had an Epiphone Junior (set neck model) which could have benefited from spacers. The P90 was very low output, and we suspected that the reason was that it was too far from the strings. We never did measure the pickups winding, so its still just a hunch, and now that guitar is gone.
     
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    I used them on a Heritage H-137 I used to own. Jacking the bridge pickup (Lollar P90) closer to the strings made a big difference.
     
  4. Kmaz

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    In my case, it's a 2014 Epiphone Casino. I haven't measured the output of its P90s so I don't actually know just how powerful the pickups are. In the past, it seems that the MIC Casinos were known for having too much output. Whether or not Epiphone has toned them down at all, I don't know?
     
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    Don't know about the Casino build, but on Gibson 330's (esp the older one's) a spacer under the bridge pup helps bring the output up. On my '63 ES-330 there was a definite unbalance between the N & B pickups. Once I added the spacer, it was resolved. The newer 330 RI's come w/ a spacer already installed.

    IIRC: I bought spacers from Guitar Parts Resource, but I believe Fralin & Lollar both have them available. They are a little oversized, so I shaved mine down to match the profile of the cover...

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  6. Kmaz

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    Thanks, RnB.
     
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    So which thickness did you guys end up settling on when raising your dogear P90s with spacers? I've got 1/8" and 3/16" spacers on order for my Epiphone Casino. I'm hoping that they work out nicely.

    How high did you go?
     
  8. SouthpawGuy

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    I had Fralin hum free P90s installed in my Heritage 137. The stock neck pickup cover was too tall and wouldn't go under the strings. The replacement one was from Allparts as far as I know.

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    fwiw they are stock wind and balance perfectly for tone and volume, bridge is just a little louder than the neck for soloing etc.
     
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    I have used under the bridge. I will say though, I prefer P90's with the pole screws up a bit.. maybe even 3/16 max or so.
    I have a spare new black dogear spacer if you need one.
     
  10. Kmaz

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    Nice of you, swivel. Do you know the thickness of the Spacer?

    SPG, another beauty! I love the look of the black dogears.
     

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