Best Humbucker Sized P90

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  1. OMB

    OMB Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    I may be changing out my Guild SFIII (which has kind of lackluster pups in that year) pickups to P90's. I haven't been looking at any pups in a while. I have a set of SD Phat Cats in my Eastman. Any other ideas?
     
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    I like my Buddha alnico II H sized P90.

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    I was about to write the exact same thing!
     
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    I’ve only tried phat cats and I didn’t think they were near as good as true P90s
     
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    Seems five or six years ago I got a real good cheap set from EYguitar. No way to know if their current $39.00/set offering is the same thing or not.

    I recently gambled on a $23 set from Banggood. Supposedly alnico. I was gambling on the premise that these maybe came from the same factory as the EYguitar pickups. After all, the specs and the pictures looked about the same. And Banggood has several of the same Asian guitar parts that I see offered by the Chinese vendors on Ebay. But, no, these were total crap. The lesson I learned was that there are even cheaper Chinese knockoffs that are derivatives of the cheap Chinese knockoffs. Maybe the second or third derivative. Really bad.
     
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    I really like mine as well. The GFS Mean 90s are pretty good too...
     
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    they are good bang for buck for sure

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    I just ordered a set of these from Tim. Glad to see all the love on this thread. I’m looking forward to getting them.
     
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    I know Phat Cats are already off the table, but I didn't like them in the Hamer I bought used that had them installed. It was like having a decent sounding bright humbucker but with more noise.
     
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    The trick is in getting the bobbin dimensions correct and resisting the urge to overwind them in the H configuration. I also prefer an Alnico 4 or 2 over the other magnets that I've seen come with that format pickup, which gives a more bouncy grind tone, versus that 'big single coil on the edge of humbucker' tone.
     
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    I've heard some people claim it might be the covers on Phat Cats robbing the high end. I don't claim to know if that's true. I do recall that they use AII magnets.
     
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    Not to hijack the thread, but I do have a set of these coming. What cap value? I know I have 15, 22 and 47 at home and probably others. One of those or something else? TIA
     
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    I had a couple of guitars with Mean 90's in the neck paired with a humbie in the bridge. I liked that so maybe a revisit. I already have a GFS 59 so maybe another Mean 90.
     
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    +1 for the GFS Mean 90s; I have those in an older Agile and really like them. They seem to be the GFS pickup that gets the most consistently good reviews, based on the forum posts I've read.
     
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    As would grounded nickel P-90 covers would be a bit capacitive.
     
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    I have a custom made set with A2 mags in a semi hollow and really like them. That being said I have never heard a humbucker sized p90 really sound like a p90, its close but they have their own sound. Not a bad thing they are just different.
     
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    Could one accommodate this by changing the resistance or the inductance of the pickup since a pickup is an RLC circuit?

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    The Seymour Duncan P-Rail humbucker seems to be interesting.
     
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    Here is a shot of a GM p-94 style with Alnico 2 magnets i had opened to do the 4 way mod .
    Looks more like a single coil to me but i am happy with them.

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    I think GM said something about, whether the bobbins were wide or narrow like in your picture, it does not affect the sound.
     

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