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    Thoughts On P90 Pickups & Humbucker Comparisons (That Pedal Show)

    So I put this here because it is more about pickups than pedals...

    I love humbuckers & for some things I love P-90s
    I don't have a regular P-90 in any of my guitars (Yet at least)--but I do have a P-Rail on my LP copy--and it gets a P-90 sound...

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    This is interesting. I love P90's on a tele. Fatness I could never get from a true single coil but not too fat to be muddy and heavy like Humbuckers.. I also love it with a full hollow casino.

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    I feel a good classic P90 is the most versatile pickup ever. It has an essence of twang so they work great for country they are just the right amount of thickness for overdrive and the neck pickup position is to me hard to beat. If I had only one guitar it would have P90s in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keletcaster View Post
    The neck pickup position is to me hard to beat. If I had only one guitar it would have P90s in it.
    This is partly why I went with a P-Rail--so I would still have a humbucker--and the rail is nice on its own too--but the P-90 is my favorite

    I still prefer a humbucker in the bridge, but maybe that's just me...

    It makes me tempted to put a P-Rail in my Les Paul as well...
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    I only own one P90 at the moment.....It's the Reilander hybrid Strat rail/P90 that Mike wound for me a few years ago for my Cabronita.



    I've got pickup switching that lets me run either coil separately, or both in series or parallel. My favourite tones are P90 alone or P90 + Strat rail in parallel. If I run both in series, it's ballsier but thicker than I appreciate. I just haven't learned to appreciate humbuckers.

    I'm close to making a pickup change in one of my Teles.....pulling the Toasters and installing humbucker-sized P90's. Just waiting for trims and I'll go ahead with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spellcaster View Post
    I only own one P90 at the moment.....It's the Reilander hybrid Strat rail/P90 that Mike wound for me a few years ago for my Cabronita.



    I've got pickup switching that lets me run either coil separately, or both in series or parallel. My favourite tones are P90 alone or P90 + Strat rail in parallel. If I run both in series, it's ballsier but thicker than I appreciate. I just haven't learned to appreciate humbuckers.

    I'm close to making a pickup change in one of my Teles.....pulling the Toasters and installing humbucker-sized P90's. Just waiting for trims and I'll go ahead with this.

    Cool-on both counts.

    My P-Rail is wired for P-90/Rail or both in series.
    I do like parallel as well--the same guitar has a JB in the bridge wired for series/split/parallel
    But it would have meant an additional switch or something like that--and I was trying to keep it simple--but if I put one in my Les paul I'll look at that as an option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zontar View Post
    Cool-on both counts.

    My P-Rail is wired for P-90/Rail or both in series.
    I do like parallel as well--the same guitar has a JB in the bridge wired for series/split/parallel
    But it would have meant an additional switch or something like that--and I was trying to keep it simple--but if I put one in my Les paul I'll look at that as an option.
    Seymour Duncan sells a pickup ring that contains all the necessary switching to select singles, parallel or series. I'd have used one except that the ring would have had to sit on the Tele bridge and would have had an overhang that wouldn't have looked right in that application. But, for normal applications, I think it's a neat way to address the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spellcaster View Post
    Seymour Duncan sells a pickup ring that contains all the necessary switching to select singles, parallel or series. I'd have used one except that the ring would have had to sit on the Tele bridge and would have had an overhang that wouldn't have looked right in that application. But, for normal applications, I think it's a neat way to address the situation.

    I did look into those before I put one in my Les Paul copy--but I decided against it due to cost
    I was trying to make sure the mods didn't cost more than the guitar.

    But if I ever were to put a P-Rail in y Les Paul--I would certainly look into those...
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