My new P90 don’t fit… help !

TheDams

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Hi all,

long time lurker, 1st time poster.
First, a little introduction : I am TheDams, French by birth, but I live in Minneapolis since 16 years.

I play guitar since a loooong time, mostly teles and SGs.

My problem:
One of my SG is a 2018 Gibson Special, the one with the ridiculously hot mini-humbuckers.

I just got a set of Tyson Tone 57’ P90 for her, BUT, they don’t fit !
Well, to be more precise, they almost fit, but it looks like the covers’ corner radius don’t match.
It seems that the Gibby‘s cavities have a slightly more rounded radius.

What are my options here ? Order Gibson covers (hoping they have rounder corners) and try to cram the pickups inside ? (I might have to file a little the baseplates’ corners ?)

Does that kind of problem rings a bell ?

Thanks for your help !
 

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I have those same pickups and they fit my Epiphone well. I had that problem with PRS P90s that I wanted to try in the Epiphone. I forced them in but they sounded better in the PRS Soapbar 1, so they went back. But I had a hard time getting them out of the Epi.

I doubt that new covers would fit the bobbins or base plates. If it was mine to do, I'd simply dremel or sand off the rout corners. I am sure it is pretty minimal and will not show if well done.

Or maybe ask Robert Tyson what he thinks about it ?

BTW, I love those 57's !
 

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Welcome to ETSG... et bienvenue ici!

It seems like a little work with a file ought to solve your problem
(that's what I would do... I would either file away material from the plastic cover
of the pickup, or perhaps remove some wood from the guitar.)

But maybe also you could communicate with the maker of your P-90 pickups.
They were obviously not designed for the guitar in which you are attempting
to mount them. Perhaps the maker of the P-90 pickups also makes a cover which
will fit your SG.

Covers for P-90 pickups are sold by Allparts I believe, and perhaps by StewMac.
If all you need is to replace the cover, look there.

I also own an SG special with mini humbuckers. I love those pickups and would
never change them. But the fact that they can be replaced with P-90s is also
interesting. I decided to buy a guitar equipped with P-90 pickups instead of
replacing my mini hums. I do not regard my mini humbuckers as hot. In my
equipment their output is about the same as the '57 Classic and Classic plus
humbuckers in my other SG.

Maybe the mini hums seem hot compared to a Telecaster.
Mine are similar to my other humbucking pickups.
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TheDams

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I will see… apparently Philadelphia Luthier covers fit Gibson… I am gonna give them a try.
And if baseplates / bobbins don’t fit, maybe a gentle filling would help ?

I am no luthier/woodworker and I don’t know if I trust myself in sanding/dremel 2 x 4 corners !

(I have contacted Robert, but he is not the best at communicating !).

I read that quite a lot of Gibson owners are using his pickups, so I guess there is a way to fit them ?
 

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Yikes! I just looked up how much a set of those pickups are!

they should fit at that price.

are the base plates in the way or just the plastic corners?

I’d maybe heat or file the corners.


I have the 18 special too, and while the minis read hot, I didn’t find them particularly offensive… mine both read 16.3k, but I think somebunny here had one with a 22k bridge…
 

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I am gonna wait for my set of Philly Luthier covers. Will see how they fit.

If not, might ask for a refund and look somewhere else for P90 (Wolfetone, Lollar, …).
It would be too bad as I heard raving reviews about TysonTone 57’!
 

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BonJour thedams! Mpls! im in that zip code too.

Not to throw another log on the fire... but Have you tried local pickup wizard ted Vig's pickups??? ( vig guitars on snelling ) his p90's are stellar.
 

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I am gonna wait for my set of Philly Luthier covers. Will see how they fit.

If not, might ask for a refund and look somewhere else for P90 (Wolfetone, Lollar, …).
It would be too bad as I heard raving reviews about TysonTone 57’!


My favorite P-90 pickups are are the Fleor.... I dare you to search for them..... be shocked by the price.... not even sure if they are still made.. the ones available and that I have received look to be old stock by the packaging.

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BonJour thedams! Mpls! im in that zip code too.

Not to throw another log on the fire... but Have you tried local pickup wizard ted Vig's pickups??? ( vig guitars on snelling ) his p90's are stellar.
I will definitely have a look., thanks ! What is the approx price for a pair ?
 

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I am gonna wait for my set of Philly Luthier covers. Will see how they fit.

If not, might ask for a refund and look somewhere else for P90 (Wolfetone, Lollar, …).
It would be too bad as I heard raving reviews about TysonTone 57’!
Those Tyson Tone are incredible, I think you should find a way to fit them.
 


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