P-90 in Stratocaster - any good ?

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  1. bvdd

    bvdd Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi all,

    Has anyone tried a P-90 as a bridge pup in a Strat ?

    I'm assuming the body/pickguard setup would make a difference and may take away some
    typical P-90 magic - but how much ?

    Note - I would use it as a single pickup guitar.

    Thanks.
     
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    ProSonicLive Senior Stratmaster

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    You mean like this? I have heard one played live. IMHO it was not so much the same magic as it was a different Kind of magic.
    A little less "Gandolf" and little more "voodoo"
     
  3. bvdd

    bvdd Strat-Talk Member

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    Yes, like that only with just a bridge pup.
     
  4. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Strat-O-Master

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    How about P90s in the neck position?
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    HighwayStar106 Strat-O-Master

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    This was mine:

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    However, while doing some mods, I somehow managed to drop the P90 onto a hard floor and broke it, so that was the end of that. :( I might try it again at some point.

    Bear in mind that soapbar P90s mount to the body not the pickguard, which means you'll have to drill the mounting holes for it. Probably not an issue, but thought I'd mention it.
     
  6. nadzab

    nadzab Play Don't Worry Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I think that could make for a pretty mean machine. Probably get you pretty close to Esquire territory, which is never a bad thing. I would put in a 3-way switch so you have tone control engaged, pickup wide open, and the Eldred Mod for the "cocked wah" tone, and you'd have a pretty versatile beast on your hands. Would look cool, too...
     
  7. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    P90s in a Strat are awesome! I've done it before. My test guitar is a Strat and I put P90s in it to try them out and then quickly bought a dual P90 guitar.

    You'll need to router out the body and make a custom pickguard.

    ... Wood and pickguard make no difference to tone even though the Marketing folks badly want you to believe it to sell you more magic beans.

    P90s are the benchmark that humbuckers tried to match while reducing hum noise and had to give up tone to get there.

    Pickup height to the strings is important, so spend time adjusting pickup height by ear.

    Use shielded cable from the volume pot to the jack. Shield the cavities and pickguard (Nashua Aluminum flashing tape works great, use a meter to verify continuity as you lay strips down and leave tabs so the pickguard shield connects to the cavity shielding.

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    Is that an SD quarter pound in bridge position?
    Heard they don't do clean that well, but roar a bit.
     
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    jwj1701 Strat-Talker

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    Why wouldn’t they be if you like p90’s. Different body shapes shouldn’t change things too much.
     
  10. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunny Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Mine sounds pretty Sweet. goes from twangy like a strat to really crunchy and growley.
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    tinkertoy Strat-Talker

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    I have always wanted to try p90s.

    So I bought a yamaha revstar.
    F'n love 'em!!

    Then I put a set of tonerider rebel 90s in my as73. I dropped a set of 36ths in to test out. The rebel 90s are going back in next string change.

    I now look at all my guitars and see which can take p90s. Lol.

    I think a fender scale would balance out the fat mids.

    It turns out I like superdistortions and p90s ALOT.

    live and learn.
     
  12. Fenderguy710

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    Seymour Duncan Phat cat 90. It's a P90 pickup in a humbucker size, so it's an exact fit. If you get a HSS Strat, you can just get a custom pickguard to cover up where the mid and neck pickup were.
     
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