Who handwinds the best P90?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by PlexiBreath, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. PlexiBreath

    PlexiBreath Member

    Messages:
    1,202
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2002
    Location:
    La Quinta, California
    I'm looking for the bitchenmost soapbar style P90 aquireable. The following have good reputations:

    Jason Lollar
    Dave Stephens
    Harmonic Designs
    TV Jones

    Any P90 freaks here can recommend a good winder? This is for a set neck mahogany body and neck guitar, like a Les Paul Special DC. I'd like the bridge pickup to sound like a good 1958 Les Paul Jr. Not looking for anything too hot, vintage accurate would be best.
     
  2. PlexiBreath

    PlexiBreath Member

    Messages:
    1,202
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2002
    Location:
    La Quinta, California
    Thanks for the link Greg! But at his site he doesn't mention anything about P90s. I know Rolph's reputation with Strat and humbuckers is outstanding.
     
  3. 2x6L6

    2x6L6 Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    467
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2004
    Location:
    Talkeetna Mtns.
    I am on a similar (though long-term at this point!) hunt for P-90s for my Heatley. In addition to your list I am also considering:
    Bare Knuckle
    Haussel
    Lundgren
    Wolfetone
    Please keep posted on your search
     
  4. Yek

    Yek Member

    Messages:
    1,186
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2003
    Location:
    Netherlands
    You forget to add the Lindy Fralin P90's. I have them and they sound good. Look them up in the HC review database.
     
  5. PlexiBreath

    PlexiBreath Member

    Messages:
    1,202
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2002
    Location:
    La Quinta, California
    Also, does anyone know if Tom Holmes winds P90s?
     
  6. pacomc79

    pacomc79 Member

    Messages:
    1,517
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2005
    Location:
    Atlanta, Ga
    I've always heard in comparisons that HD does the best modern P90's and Jason Lollar does the best for Vintage sounds.

    I think I'd probably send it to Lollar since you want the vintage tones.


    That, or you could just get an old ES 125 from that era and swap out the pups.
     
  7. PlexiBreath

    PlexiBreath Member

    Messages:
    1,202
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2002
    Location:
    La Quinta, California
    Thanks for the great replys guys! Anyone else with suggestions?
     
  8. Greg

    Greg Supporting Member

    Messages:
    162
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2004
    Location:
    Oakland, CA
    Don't forget Peter Florance at Voodoo. His humbuckers are well-regarded, I have heard his strat and tele sets, which are both great - clear yet not anemic.

    I have Voodoo p-90s in my chambered Koll, and Lollar p-90s in my solid Baker. The Koll sounds a bit more open, richer harmonics. I don't think it's just a function of the chambers, because I had Lollars in there before the Voodoos.

    Greg
     
  9. 2x6L6

    2x6L6 Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    467
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2004
    Location:
    Talkeetna Mtns.
    I forgot all about Voodoo! Another one that I spaced is Pete Biltoft Vintage Vibe A mate from another list always highly recommended his P-90s.
     
  10. Dave Bacon

    Dave Bacon Member

    Messages:
    166
    Joined:
    May 5, 2004
    Location:
    Sydney
    I have Lollars in my Thorn and love them. Very cool

    Dave
     
  11. PlexiBreath

    PlexiBreath Member

    Messages:
    1,202
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2002
    Location:
    La Quinta, California
    Well I placed an order for Lollars. After a conversation with Jason Lollar decided to go with the standard set, but he does offer a lot of custom winds for P90s, even one voiced sort of like a Strat. I found him to be very knowledgable and concerned with the minutia of the craft of pickup winding. I'll report back to this thread when I get them installed and heard them through all my amps.
     

Share This Page