What do you think of P90s?

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  1. EbySlide1014

    EbySlide1014 New Member

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    Hello all, I am a new forum member and came here for some input. I have an Epiphone G400 SG Worn Cherry. I fell in love with the SG when I saw Derek Truck's use one on the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 DVD along with slide guitar. My SG is completely stock right now, but I am considering swapping the stock humbuckers with Seymour Duncan "Phat Cat" P90 Pickups that supposedly fit right into the Humbucker spot with no modification. While I do want to emulate Duane Allman and Derek Truck's sound, I want to have my own sound as well, and while I do know pickups are not everything to your "sound" and technique on my part plays a big role. However with that being said, do you think this would be a worthwhile swap and does the slightly brighter sound of the P90 pickup do well for slide guitar playing?

    Thanks!
     
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    plankton Well-Known Member

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    I love the sound of P90s, I really wanted an SG with them and ended up with the next best thing.

    In my search for a P90 equipped SG I looked into some humbucker sized options to put into the guitar I already had. I never tried any personally, but listened to some clips and read some reviews and came to the decision that they were a bit of compromise on the P90 sound that I wanted.

    When it comes to the sound you want, only you can decide. Look into the Phat Cats and possibly some other options and see what you think. It's pretty easy to swap out pickups, so if you're keen get a pair and drop them in, and while you're at it change out the crappy stock electrical components.

    I don't play slide at all, so can't help you there.

    Good luck and welcome to the forum!
     
  3. jvin248

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    The 1970 LP clone here has single coil P90's sized for humbucker cavities, look up Guitar Fetish/GFS.
    You can push the tone around with pots and caps so don't be afraid of getting into P90s. P90s are like a bar room brawl that you want to get into again the next night so you should have at least one guitar with them.

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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    SG Classic.
     
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    kiko Active Member

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    I just intalled a tone rider humbucker sized p90 in my son's sg and it sounds good. its definitely recomended.
     
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    P90s for slide will kind of give you a Lowell George type tone. He used regular fender single coils, but a decent amount of compression so the end result was pretty similar to P90 sound. P90 is one of my favorite pickups for slide. Still rich and thick, but with a bit more bite.
     
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    Would you want to test ride some P94 ? That's what a P90 in humbucker size is called. Then get a set of Guitar Madness with Alnico 5 magnets for ... $38 ! Yes, really. And they sound really nice. They have ceramic magnet ones for $25 !

    https://reverb.com/item/5227545-gui...ized-p-90-pickups-gold-covered-alnico-5-gold?

    Too good to be true, they can't sound good ? Pickup winding is not rocket science.

    I had one set in one SG and one set of Gibson P94 in another. I recorded the same riffs and put them up for a blind test. Nobody could say which were which. These are the Anlico 5.



    I ended up selling the Gibson pups.

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    Out in the garage, just now jamming to Statesboro blues with my 2014 LPMM. What a gas! Neighbors needed a wakeup call, anyhow.
     
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    P-90s rule. I also like minihumbuckers.
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    P-90s have much less compression than either regular old Fender single coils or Gibson humbuckers. I.e. they're "hairyer" sounding.
     
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    And as would say Mister Biddlin, they can get testicular ...
     
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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    P90's suck. I recommend sending all of them to me for disposal.
     
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    I could do that, but in exchange, I want all your humbuckers, but guitars have to be attached to them.
     
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    OK, I will agree, if all the P90's you send have Paintings attached to em, Dr. B HAHA
     
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    Thank you for the replies everyone! I think I am going to try the Phat Cats and see how they do. Worst case scenario I can just put the humbuckers back in.
     
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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    Eby, I bet you will like the Phat cats. Double check other folks here what they recommend for pots for the P90's. I have 500 k in my Humbucker guitars and many might have advice saying 250k or 300k would suit the P90 swap.
     
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    That would devalue the P90. Not good.
     
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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    Hardly,,,,,,,,,,, those Works of art are Marvelous, DR B
     
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