Z-90's in Jazz Box... Your thoughts, experiences?

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  1. HammyD

    HammyD Supporting Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I was wondering if anyone had ever tried a HD Z-90 in a jazz box? I am thinking small body (16") with a carved spruce top like the Heritage 575. I like the sound of the carved spruce but have never seen a model with a single coil or a p-90.....

    Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

    best,

    James
     
  2. cnardone

    cnardone Supporting Member

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    I heard second hand that they excel at semi-hollow but I've never heard anything about jazz boxes. I hope you let us know if / when you try.
     
  3. HammyD

    HammyD Supporting Member

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    I had the opportunity to play a few 50's ES-175 while in NYC. All were p-90's and exceptional. I think much of the thought that laminate top jazz boxes sound better in a band situaiton and carved tops sound better as instruments played alone may come from the fact that the laminate is brighter. I would think a P-90 with a carved top would be a great combination. I discovered Jason Lollar makes a small jazz box with dual p-90's and a carved top.

    Also, for kicks one Sunday when the music stores were closed and all I had was a set of flat wounds which I put on an old tele and when I recorded it using a modeler (Yamaha DG Stomp) and recorded intto the computer using Garage band, most people listening to the play back tought I had used a traditional jazz guitar. The thickness of the soudn of the flats combined wit the single coil (Texas Special) neck pickup sounded great.
     
  4. HammyD

    HammyD Supporting Member

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    I restored a friend's '68 Telecaster and that's my '67 ProReverb! I loved that guitar and went to a lot of trouble to rescue it as it had been belt sanded and barely survived years of abuse playign in bars, only to have him give up playing.

    I may try to build a Warmoth or USAG replica, soon.... Maybe with a Z-90.

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    Your rig looks great. The idea of a Seth Lover appeals to me, too!
     
  5. Strung Up

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    Tried them in some non-traditional boxes. The necks had to go. High-fi, but I kept wrestling with tone pots and caps to try and get something close to that 'bucker full upper mid when I rolled the treble down some - couldn't do it with the Z's. Can do it with P-90s in a hollow spruce top strat. Something about the response curve. If you want to play straightahead, I don't think so. If you want to play hybrid roots, should work OK.
     
  6. HammyD

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    Thanks for the insight! I'd love to hear more about the spruce top strat!
     
  7. AaeCee

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    As others have related, no experience with Z-90s, but I'm a BIG fan of P-90s in a semi hb/full hb...especially in the neck for jazz. IMO, they stay far clearer and more defined in the low registers than HBs, especially critical with the tone rolled down. I have others with HBs that I sometimes use for jazz, but I've gotta work extra hard on my EQ to maintain clarity down low. Read great reports on the HDs...I've considered giving them a try as well. Be sure to post if you get there first.
     
  8. fabiomayo

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    Not to confuse with even more pickup choices, but anyone has experience with these http://www.sdpickups.com/ ?

    I've been wanting to try humbuker sized P90s in my Sheraton for a while now. There's just too many choices, huh?
     
  9. jetlag

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    I haven't tried Dave's Kayboxes yet but want to. I have had him make a set of strat pickups to my specifications and they were superb. I recommend Dave highly.
     

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