P-90s. Which ones and why?

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by StratoMutt, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.

    Messages:
    26,495
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Location:
    Initech, Inc.
    Typo. Should be a "not" there. My mistake.
     
    StratoMutt likes this.
  2. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    2,127
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2019
    Location:
    SE Pennsylvania
    Giggles.gif
     
    Leotis and AcrylicSuperman like this.
  3. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.

    Messages:
    26,495
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Location:
    Initech, Inc.
    [​IMG]
     
    AcrylicSuperman and StratoMutt like this.
  4. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    2,127
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2019
    Location:
    SE Pennsylvania
    TongueOut7.gif
     
    AcrylicSuperman likes this.
  5. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.

    Messages:
    26,495
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Location:
    Initech, Inc.
    AcrylicSuperman likes this.
  6. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Platinum Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,708
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2017
    Location:
    3rd door down.
    Careful, you are being watched...

    eyes.JPG
     
    StratoMutt and AcrylicSuperman like this.
  7. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    2,127
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2019
    Location:
    SE Pennsylvania
    TongueOut11.gif
     
    AcrylicSuperman likes this.
  8. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    2,127
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2019
    Location:
    SE Pennsylvania
    Despite the jocularity, this is a serous informational thread.

    Really! :)
     
    The Strat Dude likes this.
  9. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    2,316
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2016
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    Take a look at the new P180s. Twice the pickup for half the money. :whistling:
     
    The Strat Dude likes this.
  10. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.

    Messages:
    26,495
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Location:
    Initech, Inc.
    StratoMutt likes this.
  11. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    3,940
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Location:
    Michigan
    .

    Go on ebay.
    Search for P90 pickups
    Find the sets that are between $12 and $20 per pair.
    Look at the pictures of the backs of the pickups and choose the ones that look like they put the best materials in them, like *not* the ones with silicone goop holding them together. Look for shielded cables and heat shrink tubing.
    Sorry, can't be more exact with a brand than that, they don't use a brand and the sellers change all the time.
    Order them.

    P90s are the most difficult pickups to screw up. Most any brand will be quite similar.

    Some of the ebay import inexpensive pickups have much lower internal capacitance readings than the popular aftermarket brands in most of these types of threads. They have readings more like boutique hand-wound pickups. Hmmm, could that be because they are actually hand-wound?

    So spend a little and get a lot.

    P90s are awesome pickups.

    .
     
    BlurgyWurgyWibble likes this.
  12. BlurgyWurgyWibble

    BlurgyWurgyWibble Strat-O-Master

    Messages:
    674
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2018
    Location:
    UKEH
    I'm in to the multi-tap fat single coil thing at the moment and I love it. Especially in a strat.



    This is a Supro style humbucker-sized pickup but it gives you a good idea what kind of tonal differences you get from lower and higher output fat coils in a s-type guitar.

    P90-wise, the best I've ever heard was made by (Jason) Sandford Magnetics.

    I'm not sure if he's still in business though.

     
    StratoMutt likes this.
  13. HighwayStar106

    HighwayStar106 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    17
    Messages:
    1,205
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2018
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    image.jpeg

    I've got an Iron Gear Platinum 90 in this one, it sounds great.

    I think as long as you go for a proper P90 and not a stacked humbucker P100, you'll be fine. The hum is only really noticable when you're not playing, and P90s sound so good you won't want to stop playing. :D
     
    StratoMutt and jrbirdman like this.
  14. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Strat-O-Master

    Messages:
    662
    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2014
    Location:
    Near Athens, GA
    Since you're already going fancy with this build, you may as well go with Lollars. They're great. A while ago I swapped in a set of them into a friend's Casino. They made a huge difference in that guitar, mainly because the stock ones were ridiculously overwound. I kept the old ones and used them in cigar box style guitars.

    The important thing is a vintage wind. You can get that from about $20 up but, as the price goes, the quality and attention to detail goes up. Avoid the hot, modern, ones.

    I like a metal casing but not everyone does.

    p90guitars.png
     
    JKjr and StratoMutt like this.
  15. stormin1155

    stormin1155 Strat-Talker

    Messages:
    376
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2014
    Location:
    Iowa
    I've never heard a P-90 that sounds bad. Even the P-90s in the cheap $99 SXs sound good. It is such a robust design, it's near impossible to screw it up. Some sound different (better?), some are quieter/noisier... spending more may get you a more refined sound, but part of the appeal of the P-90 is it's raw edginess.
     
    JKjr and StratoMutt like this.
  16. tinkertoy

    tinkertoy Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    46
    Messages:
    648
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2020
    Location:
    alpha centauri
    Lace uses the holy grail technology in a p90 form called the ps900. Not sure if they still make them though.

    I have holy grails in my strat and love them too.
    I think most people think they are just another sensor.

    I think lollar or another boutique builder is using the sidewinder design as well, bow that the patent is expired.
     
    StratoMutt likes this.
  17. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    2,127
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2019
    Location:
    SE Pennsylvania
    Good stuff - thanks!

    The consensus from what I have red elsewhere is 500K pots. I'd assume Gibson value .022 mf caps too...
     
    JKjr likes this.
  18. Blackie1956

    Blackie1956 Strat-Talk Member

    Messages:
    32
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2014
    Location:
    Oregon
    Lindy Fralin's hum-cancelling P-90s are great. I love mine!.
     
  19. RandyRoot

    RandyRoot New Member!

    Age:
    67
    Messages:
    8
    Joined:
    May 20, 2020
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Was very happy with Lollars but not happy with the noise (I know, it's unavoidable)

    Been using Mojotone '56 Quiet Coils and now totally happy...
     
    StratoMutt likes this.
  20. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Dr. Stratster Silver Member

    Messages:
    12,624
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2015
    Location:
    Va. Beach, Va
    Whatever Gibson put in my LP is pretty good