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P90s

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by thomquietwolf, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014
    Michigan
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    P90s to me are like a ready bar room brawl any time you want it, and that you'll want it again the next night.

    Remember that humbuckers were designed to mimic P90s but give noise reduction. They traded off great tone to get noise reduction. Humbuckers can start to be fizzy where a P90 growls and bites. Or like two saws where one has half the teeth of the other and which will tear and rend more?

    The Tele bridge pickup, with a steel baseplate, is very similar to a P90. As if Leo found a way to make a P90 output with a lot less wire and smaller magnets all for cheaper production. His goal was to sell amplifiers with a side of guitars while Gibson's goal was to sell guitars with a side of amps.

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  2. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    61
    May 30, 2013
    SE England
    Pickup makers and customisers starting putting more winds onto traditional pick-up designs from the 1970s to get a hotter output. So you could say those pickups were 'overwound'. Putting less winds on the coil than the contemporary norm to get a more vintage performance would be 'underwound'.
     
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  3. Jamie

    Jamie Strat-O-Master

    571
    Jun 18, 2015
    Australia
    So what I'm getting here is that it's hard for P90's to sound bad which validates my current GAS for this.

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  4. Dan_Q

    Dan_Q Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    38
    Jan 26, 2016
    NW UK
    i got my first P90 guitar a couple of months ago, it sounds fantastic even at bedroom levels- I'm hoping to take it to a jam so i can turn up the juice a bit later this year :)

    Thanks everyone for all the interesting information and comparisons etc- i know nothing about them! :thumb:
     
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  5. Highway Star

    Highway Star Strat-Talker

    242
    Apr 22, 2016
    Who knows?
    In most cases I actually think that P-90 sounds better than humbuckers on a Les Paul. A lot more bite, punch and clarity. Humbuckers tend to be a bit fuzzy in my opinion and the notes comes out more blurry.
     

  6. crashbelt

    crashbelt Strat-Talker

    228
    Feb 27, 2012
    England
    I've got them in 50s Les Paul Junior and a Special and an early 60s 330.

    They all sound brilliant and very different. LPJ is musically brutal LPS is only slightly mellower and perfect for slide and the 330 is pure Grant Green jazz tone. Go figure:whistling:

    My favourite pickups even over PAFs.
     

  7. Shortstop

    Shortstop Strat-Talk Member

    67
    Nov 27, 2012
    at home
    P90's are like any other pickup and there's dogs and gems available depending on personal taste.
     

  8. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Simple: less turns on the bobbin. Less turns, lower DCR, more high end, less lower mids.
     
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  9. Antigua

    Antigua Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 28, 2014
    in between
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  10. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca

  11. CaseCandy

    CaseCandy Senior Stratmaster

    May 9, 2015
    UK/Ireland

  12. fender kev

    fender kev Strat-Talker

    413
    Jan 1, 2010
    uk
    I like the ones in my tele thinline . but the neck is a bit dark.