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Which do you prefer: Single Coils, P90s, or Humbuckers?

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by Red_Eagle, Feb 12, 2018 at 6:08 PM.

  1. Red_Eagle

    Red_Eagle Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 1, 2015
    Yorba Linda, CA
    What are everyone’s preferences when it comes to pickup type and why?

    I realize this is a strat forum, so I imagine standard single coils will be most preferred, but ya never know!

    I own all 3 types and love them all, but I’m mostly a modern blues/garage rock player, so I tend to favor the P90s. They just give me the most “meat and potatoes” while still giving me plenty of the edge of a standard single coil.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2018 at 6:23 PM
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  2. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter Vendor Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Depends on my goals.

    If I want sparkly clean or raunchy drive with some edge and dynamics to it, singles.

    If I just wanted to melt faces off and say "Screw the dynamics!", high output HBs.........:D
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  3. LarryInTexas

    LarryInTexas Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    It depends on the music. Some songs sound better with one or the other (I've never owned a guitar with P90's though.)

  4. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 22, 2014
    The Shed
    All of them.. just depends on the sound I want.

  5. tery

    tery Most Honored Senior Member

    Jul 31, 2014
    So many pickups - so little time .

  6. Mr C

    Mr C Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 17, 2016
    New Zealand
    Totally depends on the song and the humbucker or single coils in question. The bridge single coil in my
    Tele sounds nothing like the grey bottom single coil in the bridge of my ‘66 reissue Strat, and neither of those sound anything like the 57/62 in my arvi so...

    If I had to choose I’d settle for a Tele with a PAF type humbucker in the neck and that would cover most of the ground I needed...
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  7. Tomas83

    Tomas83 Strat-Talker

    Jul 30, 2014
    NE in the 4 corners
    Single coils for me, P90 is on top of my list.
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  8. circles

    circles Senior Stratmaster

    I've had two fine SSS Strats, but find get along much better with humbuckers. Although I would like to try using a P90 equipped machine.
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  9. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Which do you prefer: Single Coils, P90s, or Humbuckers?

    I like all three for different reasons. Can't pick just one
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  10. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Overall...humbuckers, because I prefer Gibsons, but, it hangs on the song I want to play.

    Even within a you want Trower or Brownie era Clapton? Warren Haynes or Gary Moore?

  11. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Strat-O-Master

    Dec 17, 2017
    Definitely all the above. I have guitars with P90s, with Humbuckers, and Single coils and love them all......
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  12. Groovey

    Groovey Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA

  13. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014

    P90s, Tele bridge, Strat neck.
    Humbuckers with mods for splitting. Humbuckers lost a lot of the P90 dynamics and tone in trying to fix the noise issue.

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  14. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    I want me. :)
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  15. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 10, 2012
    stamford, CT
    This is like choosing between bacon, ham or shau-shige, as my 2 year old says

    I'll have some of each, please
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  16. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member


    LOSTVENTURE Strat-Talker

    Jun 15, 2007
    I have almost two dozen Fenders, all single coil, and another half dozen Gibsons, all P90 loaded. Same with my Epiphones, all P90s. The only humbucker in the house is in the T5z. They all have their uses.

  18. ryunker

    ryunker Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 18, 2014
    Crystal Lake, Il
    Gotta have them all. Love my revstar with the p90s. Most of my epiphones have coil splits from the factory. Strats are sss and hss

    Love each guitar for its own sounds and personalities

  19. Brat-O-Caster

    Brat-O-Caster Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 22, 2018
    New York State
    Single coils.

    I love a bright, jangle, trebly, crystal clear tone.
    P-90s are too hot, humbuckers are too thick.
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