P90s?

John Mark Painter

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Are you asking if they sound different? Number of windings and pickup size plus being on different guitars makes them hard to compare.

I’m using a Phat Cat drop in (HB sized) and really like it
 

saggybottom

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You can get similar to a p90 but never the same in a hb size.

If you seek authentic p90 tone get a guitar that will accommodate p90 pickups.
 

cap10kirk

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I've tried a couple humbucker sized P90s I thought were good, like the Duncan Phat Cats and the Railhammer Nuevo 90 (which isn't even built like a P90). But neither are quite the same as a soapbar or dogear P90 to me, and I'd pick a real P90 over a HB size version every time.
 

katuna

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Deke Dickerson seemed to think the Throbak version sounded right
 
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The PAF size P90-style ones usually have a wider yet lower coil, which tend to sound a bit thicker. If it has a metal cover this typically softens the highs ever so slightly.

Then there are some true HBs tweaked to sound like a P90 and they have more of a PAF feel and tonality to them, although slimmed down to sound more SC-ish.
 

Thetoygarden

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I exclusively use HB sized P90's. Only because I had an Epi SG with P90s that I loved. I sold it regrettably and have since used P90s in all my guitars. Its the best of both worlds between single and HB, besides the noise. I have the Nuevo 90 and Phat Cats in my 2 guitars and both are close, but not perfect. Close enough that in a band setting with bass drums you won't hear the difference.
 

Ferret

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According to Wolfetone who are developing a new humbucker sized P90 which actually is a P90 with the extra routing space filled in, this will be the first 'genuine' HB sized P-90. His account of why that is so is believable but I have no information on anybody else's attempts. I'm not sure whether they are yet available but the clips made during development sounded promising.
 

Arnauds1979

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I could be wrong but I am pretty certain that the recordings for the P90 and the HSP90 for the Blue notes on the Bare Knuckle website are the just the same one... I have 3 Mississippi Queens in 2 guitars and I love the way they sound. But after listening to a guy playing a '60 Casino with its original dogear P90 I have been haunted... Not sure I am getting the real deal... Or maybe it all as to do with the hollowbody construction?!?
 
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USMarine75

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I could be wrong but I am pretty certain that the recordings for the P90 and the HSP90 for the Blue notes on the Bare Knuckle website are the just the same one... I have 3 Mississippi Queens in 2 guitars and I love the way they sound. But after listening to a guy playing a '60 Casino with its original dogear P90 I have been haunted... Not sure I am getting the real deal... Or maybe it all as to do with the hollowbody construction?!?
Yeah I question the BKP demos on the website too. There's quite a few that sound exactly the same. I had the same issue with their singles. I think their humbuckers are much easier to define and purchase eyes wide open... but their P90 and singles have some secret sauce that I haven't deciphered.
 

SFW

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Of the ones that I have tried, the P90 side of the Duncan P-Rails sounds the closest to a real P90.
 

sliberty

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I have a set of ToneRider Rebel 90's in a Tele shaped build, and they sound pretty close to the regular P90's on my VOS LP Junior and SG Classic. Close enough so that any noticeable differences might be due to the body wood rather than the pickups.
 




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