P-90's That Sound Like A P-90?

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  1. Mikesr1963

    Mikesr1963 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I'm misleading you. I have LP Jr., Epiphone I got 4 or 5 years ago new for $64. Good solid humbucker guitar. I want to put a HB sized P-90 in it and I've found plenty. I've also found plenty of wiring diagrams indicating anything from using a 500k volume and a 250k tone pot, two 300k pots, and two 500k pots to get a authentic P-90 sound. Old school Gibson people indicate the 500k/250k is the way to go. They also say stay the hell away from two 300k version as it just doesn't get the job done. The 500k people indicate you will get more high end but if you don't like it you can dial out that high end and that I understand.

    There guitar itself is in perfect condition, so I'm not going to hack it up to put in a standard P-90. In fact I have a Agile LP with P-90's that I like. I'm just curious if someone of more P90 use and experience can guide me towards one of the HB sized P90 pickups that can do the job.

    Thank you,

    Mike
     
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    I've got a pair of GuitarHeads Conversion P90s in an SX ISIS CUS 24 and they sound pretty good to me, though you can judge for yourself. The bridge measures about 9K resistance, the neck about 8K. On the other hand, one of the other guitar players in my band has a Tele loaded with Duncan Phat Cats, which he raves about, so tastes vary.



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    I have had 3 different guitars I put Guitarfetish Mean P90s in and was not disappointed. A Michael Kelly Hourglass Q, a Squier Jagmaster and a Schecter Omen. Sounded good in all of them.
     
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    Will definitely give it a listen when I get to where I can. Thank you.
     
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    Mikesr1963 Well-Known Member

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    I've used 3 sets of their singles in strats I have so I'm familiar with the brand and they're definitely parts I trust. I listened to some samples already and they're in top two at the moment.
    What pot set-up are you using with them?
    1) 500k volume and 250k tone
    2) 500k volume and 500k tone
    3) 300k volume and 300k tone
    4) Something else?
     
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    What pot set-up are you using with them?
    1) 500k volume and 250k tone
    2) 500k volume and 500k tone
    3) 300k volume and 300k tone
    4) Something else?


    I'm looking at Phat Cats too.
     
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    Manodano Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Several years ago I bought a real good set from EY Guitars for my Douglas Corvus 627 Baritone. Badass. More recently I bought a super-cheap crap no-name set off ebay for my Firefly, but they were awful and I replaced them with humbuckers right away.
     
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    You can start with 500/500 pots. You can always just turn them down to 300k.
    They're adjustable :)
     
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    Good luck, I have tried 3 kinds, and came to the conclusion I never really will get a real p90 sound I love and Went tohumbuckers and guitars with p90s
     
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    It'll never sound like an authentic built P90. The footprint is different, giving it it's own tone, good or bad, is how you hear it.

    That being said, I like 500k pots for P90's. Your ear might vary.
     
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    Maybe talk with some of the winders here. Buddha and @andrewsrea come to mind.
     
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    i have a gfs surf-90 in the bridge of my baritone blacktop telecaster. it sounds good but it doesn't sound like the gibson p90s in the tribute lps.
     
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    I don't think it sounds exactly like a P90 but one of the Strokes guitarists plays a Gibson P94 in his semi-hollows and also plays P90s pretty regularly as well. Not a spot on P90, but a valid sound.
     
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    I vote for the GFS Mean 90's. They may be the best pickup GFS makes. I have them in an AL-3200 and they sound great. I use them with a 500k/500k set up.
     
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    As others have stated, a hum sized p90 is not really going to sound like a real p90. They are a different beast all on their own. They do sound p90ish but never really like a p90. As far as pots go you will be fine with 250, since there are single coils, but might as well go with 500 for that extra umphhh. I have tried all different hum sized p90s and I would highly recommend that what ever brand you go with find ones with A2 mags, they will be warmer and more jangle when not pushing it. The ones I tried with A5 were just wayyyy too bright for a p90 and the lows were lost, and since the construction of a hum size p90 is different than a real p90 the loss of comparable sound is on the mids and lows.
     
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    I have used GFS Mean 90's in a couple guitars and was pleased. In fact I am waiting shipping confirmation on another set I have ordered for "just in case". I am not certain that they sound like a true P90 but they do sound good to me. I have also ordered & used some from EY parts and they were not that great. Mind you they might have just been individually bad so take my comments with a grain of salt. I also paired up a GFS Mean 90 Neck with a Ceramic Humby in the bridge and that worked out great!
     
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    I have used 300k pots in my last three projects for both volume and tone controls and they seem to give me the best features of both 500k and 250k pots.
     
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    I have used the mean 90s and the guitarmadness p90s and they sound the same to me, 500k for sure and I use the green russian oip 45 caps with p90s humbuckers and sound great. But the guitarmadness always were squeelers with feedback till there actually wax potted or I do the caulk potting and it works. Since there just a single coil strat pickup with 2 magnets on the bottom side by side they are prone to feedback. They sound good clean bright and growly I love p90s sound over strat single coils. I think p90 is a great neck pickup and humbucker in bridge.
    I have head nothing but good stuff about the budda p90s Id go there if you dont want to cheap out on guitar madness pickups.
     
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    I have to agree those guitar madness ones are pretty nice, prob made by same company that makes the guitar fetish ones.
     

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