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

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by Red_Eagle, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. jrbirdman

    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    64
    Feb 3, 2016
    Elk Plain, Wa.
    most of my guitars are single coil
    but i do keep a couple of p90s and humbuckers guitars nearby
     
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  2. BryMelvin

    BryMelvin Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    65
    899
    Feb 13, 2014
    AZ
    guitar, color,type, pickup type clothes shoes and hair style change without notice.
     

  3. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    Never cared much for p90s.
     
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  4. fezz parka

    fezz parka R.P.M. (Retired Professional Musician) Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Apr 21, 2011
    Like Nowheresville, man.
    I prefer the McCarty pickup: P90s with rod mags instead of the bar and screws.
     
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  5. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Tucson
    Cheap Trick lyric?
     
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  6. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    As has ben said, all of the above. Depends on my mood. I have guitars with singles, and guitars with humbuckers, but I can pick up any one of them and sound like me.
     
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  7. Jimi Lightning

    Jimi Lightning Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 21, 2016
    Ontario, Canada
    To emulate my guitar heros its single coils...

    BUT the sound in my head is humbuckers. Love the sound.
     
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  8. Dalendl

    Dalendl Strat-Talker

    Age:
    62
    199
    Jan 2, 2016
    NW Mn
    Humbuckers for me unless I'm looking for some quack or that front single coil sound.
     
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  9. jeff h

    jeff h Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    45
    Jan 13, 2017
    Ohio
    Humbuckers.
     
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  10. Xcaster

    Xcaster Strat-Talker

    Age:
    56
    245
    Aug 28, 2015
    Houston we have a problem !
    I don't know why anyone would pick just one they are all tools of the trade that's why they make
    so many different hammers use the one the job calls for. And it's a good reason to have more Guitar's.
     
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  11. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    57
    Jun 28, 2011
    ok
    On my four electrics, I have 8 single coils and three humbuckers, so the nod goes to singles for no reason other than I have more, so I play more. I adjust the amp for whatever guitar I'm playing. But I do love playing a single, then kicking to a bridge humbucker for solo--that is my default combo in general.

    Sadly, I've never, ever, owned a P90. Played my friend's '56 Les Paul TV several times and did love the sound. Only P90 I think I've ever played.
     
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  12. dirocyn

    dirocyn Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    43
    75
    Jan 20, 2018
    Murfreesboro, TN
    P90s unless I'm looking for quack.

    If your amp is set for p90s and you switch to a single coil guitar, it'll sound weak and anemic. Set up your amp for single coil and plug in a P90 guitar and it'll sound even more awesome.
     
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  13. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    53
    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
    Isn’t that like asking if one prefers trees, flowers or grass? Or food, drink or sleep? Or music, beer or sex? Or Strats, Teles or Les Pauls? Or....
    :)
     
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  14. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    I see P90s as single coils, so I prefer the wide range of single coils. :sneaky:;)
     
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  15. gwjensen

    gwjensen Senior Stratmaster

    Can only have one? P90s.
     
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  16. davidKOS

    davidKOS Musician, Composer, Teacher Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    Did you ever play a nice Gibson LP Special?

    Lovely instruments![​IMG]

    I would use an adjustable bridge on one, though.

    A good guitar with P90's is quite versatile and good sounding. The McCarty is a real specialty, great tone indeed, but I've had very pleasing results with plain vanilla P90's.
     

  17. Highway Star

    Highway Star Former Member

    411
    Apr 22, 2016
    Who knows?
    How long is a rope?
     
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  18. Highway Star

    Highway Star Former Member

    411
    Apr 22, 2016
    Who knows?
    Oh yeah, very nice. Love Specials and also LP with P90's :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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  19. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member

    Apr 14, 2015
    In a house

  20. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    Which do you prefer: Single Coils, P90s, or Humbuckers?
    Yes, I prefer them. ;)
     
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