So what's a good P90 pickup?

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  1. LP Freak

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    I'm looking to replace the P90's in my Les Paul Special. I'm looking for something hotter then stock but not over the top. Noise cancelling would be great but not if it sacrifices tone. What do you think?
     
  2. tommc

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    Lots of good ones out there. Lollar (various winds available), Klein Epics to name a few.
     
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    If I was set on replacements, I'd probably favor Fralin. But the stock Gibson P90s are as good as any replacement (unlike their humbuckers).
     
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    Vintage Vibe. It's the best I have tried.
     
  7. TB72

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    All kinds of great choices, although I personally really dig stock Gibson P90s.


    But if you want something hotter, most of the after-market winders (Lollar, Fralin, Duncan, Wolfetone, Bareknuckle, etc. etc.) will have something in their product lines to meet your needs.
     
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    I've got a Les Paul Special, and the stock P-90's are great.
     
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    +1. I didn't go hot though, I got underwound blade-piece pickups. They are balanced, have beautiful harmonic content, and sound exceptional.
     
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    I was searching re: Vintage Vibe pickups and came across this. My current build is using Pete's blade P90's wound to vintage specs. I am happy to hear such a good report on them.
     
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    I really like the Zhanbuckers P90 I recently put in my Melancon. According to the website these are now used on the C P Thorn ton. Blues queen.
     
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    +1 on stock Gibsons.
     
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    Wolfetones are awesome (come in different varieties... can even ask for different magnets if you have a sound preference)
     
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    Another vote for Gibson. No real reason to spend more.
     
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    Check out http://bg-pups.com. Dude makes awesome pups and he can customize them to suit your needs. I have a set of his Pure90s and they're killer.
     
  19. gibsonguitar1988

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    I've had good experiences with Lollar, Fralin, and DAllen for single coils. I love what those guys do.
     
  20. kidmo

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    I would have to agree with the consensus about Gibsons. My Special has em and they ain't coming out. There's a truck load of different brands but not much extra flavor you can't get with a little adjustment of the tone knob. A hotter pickup will lose a little on the top end where, IMHO, the P90 excels. What you need is a better OD. Now, there's a ouroboros.
     

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