P-90s. Which ones and why?

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  1. StratoMutt

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    I'd probably begin with a RW/RP set so you have hum canceling in at least one position. Or, you can go with noiseless but the best versions are very pricey.

    It's tough to find any really horrible sounding P90 but among the best of the boutique class are Fralins, Kinmans, Lollars, and one from a smaller scale winder I like, Onamacs. Seymour Duncans are also quite good IMHO.

    Mine are all stock Epiphone P90s the latest of which, the P90 Pro, is also very good but unfortunately not hum canceling. My solution for that having 3 guitars with P90s is and EHX Humdebugger. It works quite well for gigs.

    For me they're one of the most tonally versatile pickups made. They can be sweet and soulful when needed or cranked to the max and get very gritty and nasty. If it wasn't for the hum I believe a lot more players would use them.
     
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    If you like strat single coils, you'll probably like P90s. Definitely a different sound than a strat single coil, but at the same time there is a pleasing simplicity and directness.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    I have two sets. The first is on my 3P90 Strat and they are Seymour Duncan. 20190820_122743.jpg It is a real tone monster for sure and they are extremely hot. The second set is still in the planning phase for the guitar that I will be building this winter. That set is made by Bootstrap.
     
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    Seamus OReally Buried alive in the blues Gold Supporting Member

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    A good friend whose ear I trust (so you’re getting this second hand) will not shut up about his Lollar P-90s. I can’t play the guitars he’s put them in, because we live too far apart.
     
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    I seriously considered one of these - Strat body with three. Some back and forth with Warmoth had me re-think the plan.

    I wanted more of a Gibson build, the shorter scale and tilt back head. I know the neck joint is not the same, but just how much of a sonic difference would it be?

    I'll look into Bootstrap... Don't think I want hot pups though.
     
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    I had one very brief go with an high quality English builder knockoff '54 Gold Top that sounded fabulous. Do not recall what pickups.

    The complexity of the Kinmans is a turn off really. Simple is always best. Why the Mojotone quiet coils are an early favorite.

    I used a set of Seymour SSL-1Ls I had from my 1980 ill-fated build attempt in the StratoMutt. Noisy, ice-picky bridge in a very well shielded body. Good quack and a decent classic tone. Bend a string and the volume just dies. No real "punch" either.

    I have Lace Sensor Holy Grails in my StratoMutt now. Superb horizontal dual coil not quite as quiet as an actual Gibson style humbucker, but quite an improvement. Greatly improved string balance during bends and whatnot. Again, not quite as good as a traditional dual coil. Good definition in all three pickups. Love them.

    Yep, spent a bunch of time on the site ruminating...
     
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    I'm going to tell you which ones, but as for why, I will say "They're awesome."
     
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    There are a lot of things that I think I need, but only want.

    But looking at your pic, I’m pretty sure that I NEED a strat with 3 P90s :p
     
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    Opposite for me. Seeing the volume knob jammed up against the bridge pickup would bother my sense of order and balance.

    I have issues.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    PM me if you are interested. That one is for sale.
     
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    It rubs just enough to keep it from spinning when you hit it. Wouldn't be much problem to free it up for volume swells either.
     
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    I have issues.
     
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    I love mine for when I need the P90 snarl. However, they are very nice when I finger pick too. My set came out of a Gibson SG and I used the PCB along with it. They are in a Telecaster body. My current build is going to use a single P90 wound by our own @Bodean. I cannot wait to get it together.
     
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    As I said, I'm not gonna tell you which. That's for your ears to decide.
     
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    I have but one working ear with tinnitus ...
     
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    Danger! Danger! LOL
    I’ll keep that in mind. I have to sell one to buy one at this point in the year.
     
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