Anyone has changed their SG Classic P90's and went OMG ?

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  1. sekoya

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    Hi guys, I have a nice 2010 SG Classic which I love, this is my third one
    cause the others I've sold but this one is the best I've played , it sounds very good
    and has a good resonance to it but a few years ago I had a 1970 SG Special and the
    pickups on this one had a growling low mid honky tone which was awesome so my question is if
    anyone here has replaced the stock pickups for a replacement set and went wow ! :shock: Those are the bombs ?

    Thanks !
     
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    I have never come across a bad P90, but across some that sound diferent than others, yes.

    For mass production, Gibson are of the good ones along with Epiphone. These last ones in my cheapo LP Special 1 are really stellar. They have that growl you talk about.

    I didn't care much for the Gibson P90S (S for Slug), those that came in the 2014 LP Special.

    One set I love is the 57-Wraptail 50's Wind from Tyson Tone Lab. They've been going from one guitar to the next for the last 7 or 8 years.

    Here's a thread from the builder: https://www.mylespaul.com/threads/tyson-tone-p90-pickups-sounds-demos-thread.374256/



    Another incredible set was from Sanford Magnetics, but he unfortunatly isn't making them anymore. Those sounded like a piano !

    This video might inspire you.


    Good luck.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I agree, there are no bad P-90's, only different flavors.
    They are my favorite type of pup.

    2004 and 2006 SG Classics
    Configured as follows:

    Neck: Stock P-90
    Bridge: Kinman Nasty 90 Heavy (zero hum)

    I also like the Fralin Hum Canceling P-90 (5% Overwind) in my LP Junior DC.

    A single coil P-90 at the neck for cleans and a P-90 sized stacked humbucker at the bridge for hi gain use is my favorite pup combo.

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  4. sekoya

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    Thanks for the input !
     
  5. sekoya

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    Nice guitars you have there ! your combination seems interesting , have you ever tried the Mojotone P90's ?
     
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    Never swapped my pups. Only guitar I ever did a swap on was my 2010 Epi LP.

    Nothing was wrong with the stock Humbuckers, I just wanted T Tops in a Lester again, so I bought a set and did the swap. That guitar kills now.

    My SG Classic has the stock P90's still. I will never replace em.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.
    Have not tried Mojotone.

    The only P-90's I have experience with are:

    Gibson
    Seymour Duncan
    Lollar
    Kinman
    Fralin
     
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    Bought a Sapphire Studio LP [ yes, this needs pictures some day ] many, many ages ago. Yes, it had a pair of P-90's. After a while, I started to desire the guitar sound to be a bit smoother on top than the sock P-90's.

    After discussing this with the staff at a coupler of store, I ended up getting a pair of Lollar P-90s. These are nice pickups .... think uptown and playing with the horn section tone. While the Gibson P90's reminds me of the local dive .... and listening to the guitarist stomping on his crappy fuzzy nasally fuzz tone for the lead of every song.
     
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  9. sekoya

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    Thanks for your input !
     
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    Try a set of DynaSonic.
     
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    I have a 2019 SG Special with stock P90s. I think they sound terrific. I am not planning on changing them out.
     
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  12. sekoya

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    Great ! good to hear !
     
  13. Col Mustard

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    I love P-90s....
    I never appreciated them until I came aboard this forum and listened to
    what members had to say about them.

    Then I wanted a guitar that had P-90s.
    In the case of your SG Classic, my suggestion is to leave it alone.
    As it is, it is a prize. Gibson P-90s are the originals.

    I didn't buy a Gibson SG with P-90s... I bought an Epiphone ES-339
    with P-90s. And I played it with the stock p'ups for a while. They were
    fine. I bought this guitar onsale at Musician's Friend for like $339...
    I couldn't pass it up, and at that price, I could indulge mod fever with
    no regrets. So I did.

    I talked to the guys at Ken Rose Pickups in California. They listened to me
    describe my style and what I wanted to do with the guitar, and then wound
    my p'ups for me. I couldn't be more pleased. The neck pickup has a jazzy
    woody sound, and the bridge pickup is pure rock an roll. They wound the
    p'ups so that in the middle position, the guitar is a big hum bucker.

    the middle position is the magic. Anyway, the pickups I bought from Ken
    Rose were not very expensive, so the amount of good music I have got from
    them is well worth what I paid.

    Good luck in your quest. Don't mod your SG Classic. Get a much cheaper
    guitar and mod that. Then play both, on different songs of course.

    Good luck in your quest...
     
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  14. sekoya

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    Thanks for the input Col !
     
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    EXACTLY, I've never felt I needed to swap out a Gibson pickup (altho the '61 BBs in my SG Special are trying my patience). MXR Equalizers work great and IMO Gibson makes Great pickups....IIRC, Gibson invented the P-90 and anyone that could do that back in the pre-stoned age is on to something !
     
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  16. JACK N HILL

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    Question: Gibson started advertising the coil-split option (Volume Knobs UP) on the 2017 Lesters as being the place to go for the P-90 tone (the P-Up's are actually BB Pro's, #O!Y $#!T they SCREEEM !). Agree ? I've yet to own a Guitar w/P-90's but I do have a 2017 Les Paul Standard and occassionally enjoy the Volume Knob UP on the Rhythm P-UP's tone. I realize you may not know, but thought I'd ask anyway:Is the Coil-Tap on the Les Paul's Volume controls on those guitars a worthy representation of a P-90 ? Gibson sez they are and I've not another P-90 equipped guitar to compare them to.B4 I pull the trigger on a P-90 Equipped Gibson I will not be able to play b4 I get it begs the question.

    The Volume Knob Up (P-90) position has an 'Air-y' tone to it, compared to the BB Pro Volume Knob down 'SCREEM' position.
     
  17. rze99

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    The stock Gibbo P90s are great, though I had a '50s wiring mod done on my Classic that nicely opened up the top end when rolling back the volume. Recommended.
     
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  18. sekoya

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    Thanks ! I might try the 50's wiring if you say it's great ! :smile:
     
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    LP faded special here.
    500k pots and modern wiring does it for me with P90s (I tried 50s wiring and couldn't bond with it). Using the volume and tone controls gives you an infinite range of sounds from these bad boys. Rude and crude to tame to mellow but with balls.
     
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  20. sekoya

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    What did you notice when changing from 300 to 500k ?
     

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