So who makes great sounding Noiseless P90 Pickups

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  1. Rod

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    The best-sounding attempt at noiseless P90 tone I've heard is the DiMarzio Bluesbucker. It's sort of an "Area-ized" SDS-1 laid out side by side.

    I have never played a P90-form factor noiseless pickup that was really in the ballpark.
     
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    I'm curious to hear the Gibson Billy Joe Armstrong P90. It's a stacked design but with the bottom coil disconnected. Similar to the way Eric Johnson runs his Dimarzio HS-2 with the bottom disconnected. It's kinda hum cancelling but sorta not.
     
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    The bottom coil can have magnets or not.

    But, if it OUT of the circuit - not connected - it does not affect anything.
     
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    I do not see any noiseless P90s. Does he wind them, and just not have them on the site?
     
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    He can wind about anything. He worked with me to build an awesome set of Humbuckers. I am dropping off a 1999 Tele Deluxe so he can wind a set for it.

    Shoot him an email.
     
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    Unless he has the necessary equipment and molds, no he can't.
     
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    I think the Fralin Hum-Cancelling P90s are a pretty solid choice:

     
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    Fralin: his noiseless P90's fit any std. P90 rout, they drop right in, and can use std. G*bson covers if you want to change the color. They sound very, very P90'ish - clean to scream; in a band mix, no one will know, except between songs when your not humming the drinks off the tables. I also have heard the Kinnman's, they are very good too, but more $$$ (do a search here for noiseless P90 post's, it's been discussed a lot). OR, you can talk to the Iilitch people about a Silent Single coil system for your particular guitar - no tone compromise single coil hum reduction (http://www.ilitchelectronics.com) - I have that factory installed system on a Suhr chambered T-Classic w/2XP90's - no noise, tremendous P90 tone. There are good options out there, your browser is your friend.
     
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    No one is disputing that. You either have the equipment to make them or you don't. They cannot be made with traditional equipment.
     
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    sounds like a clipped p100, which ends up being an overwound p90. not sure how the parasitic coil would kill noise, although the extra stuff may color the tone.

    I hate buzz in a live setting, so I put p100s in my p90 style guitar. haven't been able to a/b them with some noisy p90's, but I will one day :)
     
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    Agreed. A friend has them in his SG and they sound phenomenal.
     
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    If you want it to really sound and respond like a P90, Kinman. Period. That is the only choice.

    If you want it to fit in a P90 hole and sound like not a P90, DiMarzio. They make a whole range that covers everything from PAF tones to high output buckers and a few things in between.
     
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    Fralin hum-canceling P-90s. I'm no P-90 expert, so I can't tell you how close they get to any particular benchmark. IMO and for my use, they are excellent. I have an under-wound set in a sort of jazzcaster and they're probably the most 'expressive' pickups I've played.

    Edit: I initially was going to get Kinmans. They are taller than standard P-90s, so routing may be required. I couldn't get straight answers out of Kinman to a couple of simple questions on routing depth, so I gave up after a dozen emails back and forth. When I said I was bailing, the customer service guy finally decided to be helpful. Next, I called up Fralin and discussed my needs with Lindy himself. Done. Happy.
     
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    My experience with Kinman was less than stellar. The CS guy was rude and extremely hostile. I passed and went with Barden noiseless Soapbar.
     
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    My main P90 has nickel covers and shielded everything. I know metal covers can bleed highs but a solid nickel-silver cover doesn't have much effect. Metal covers do, however, cut noise drastically.

    It's not silent but it's a 90% improvement and I can live with what noise is left and it's still a single coil with all the responsiveness intact.

    Not a perfect solution but probably as good as most others. I feel I didn't compromise anything. I used 550k pots and it sounds as normal as ever but a lot quieter.
     

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