2000 CS SG Special pup question

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  1. TresSGs

    TresSGs New Member

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    Dear SG’er’s,

    I’m new to joining the forum but have lurked forever. Question about the magnets Gibson might have used in P90’s for a custom shop guitar.

    Ive messed around with humbucker magnets for a while to good results for me. Now thinking of trying a few different setups in my ‘61 SG Special reissue. As noted the guitar was made in 2000, and appears to have the factory PUPs and wiring harness (although I’ve swapped out the ceramic disc caps in favor of .022 Orange drops).

    My question is, does anyone know the specs of the P90’s around that time? I have searched this and other forums but not found the answer.

    I’ve already started tinkering - swapping in one A4 to the neck PUP and one A2 (that I removed from an 1992 57 Classic) to the bridge. Upon inspection, both P90’s appear to be lightly potted and both had short magnets (2.315” long). One short Mag remains in each the bridge and neck (whatever they are).

    Assuming they are factory/OEM installed, any idea if they’re A5’s or are they A2’s?

    Thanks in advance -
     
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    Thank you for the link!

    So these PUPs are short A5’s and ring the bell at 7.84k neck and 7.96k bridge.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    agreed... the Gibson P-90 pickup was designed in about 1945 and was
    put in production when Gibson's contracts with the Armed Services were
    complete, and when Gibsons employees came back from the wars.

    A-5 magnets were the design then, and they are still made that way.
    No need to change anything. The P-90 sound is a classic tone and has
    been on so many hit songs and in such a wide range of styles, I don't
    think there's any need to mess with it. You can play Jazz with P-90s,
    you can play Rock and Blues and country... Pretty much anything but
    metal IMHO, and I also believe you could give a P-90 guitar to your
    favorite metal artist and he'd only need a minute or so before he sounded
    just like himself.

    I own only one guitar armed with P-90s but love the sound.
    Also the sound of an SG with P-90s is such an excellent tone, it's really
    hard to beat.
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    Even though I said there's no NEED to change anything, I'd like to
    hear what you have to say about the tone of an SG with P-90s that
    are A2 or A4. Or upload a recording so we can hear it.

    I love the tone of A5 P90s but am curious about what you are up to.
     

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