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    Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Lollar, Fralin, SD, DiM, Lundgren, Bare Knuckle, Gibson or what?

    DC (KΩ)/Inductance charts canít be found on most websites. Nor have I been able to find tech info on the differences between the soapbars used on the Goldtops and the dogears used on the LP Jrís. The dogears appears to be more aggressive and dirty. Overwound compared to the soapbar?

    Iím looking for a p-u close to the dogear of the 50ís, as a replacement for the modern dogear on the LP Jr VOS which I find rather lame and unlively.

    Shopping for a vintage dogear, is out of reach right now. Hopefully, an aftermarket dogear and perhaps upgraded electronics, will do the trick.

    But what should I be looking for, as the websites leaves poor info? And where can I find more info (tech specifications, not emotional assumptions) on the differences between the soapbars and the dogears of the 50ís?

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    there is a huge 10+ pages comparison of some of the current production p90ies in the current issue of gitarre&bass, a german guitar magazine. here's the link:
    http://www1.gitarrebass.de/magazine/...p?ID=201105096
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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    It's just that I don't speak German...

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    well, at least you can listen to the soundfiles...

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    My take on it - Pete Biltoft at Vintage Vibe Guitars makes the best sounding P90's - as close to my original '56 Special as one would hope to get. Everyone's got varying views though, so expect to be no better off decision wise.

    A theme here is to fork out, buy some real ones from the 50's and never look back. I'd like to do that for my R4 but my wallet has become rather thin recently.
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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    If I were to get a P90, it would be a Fralin or Don Mare.
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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    I had a set of Fralins in an old special - until I found an original set - they sounded great, really really good pickups... BUT once the "real deal" was installed, there was no looking back.
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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    I had a couple of newer R6's recently, one with Sheptones and the other with stock Gibson PUPs. The Sheptones sounded really good! And, of course, the Gibsons were awful.

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    If I were going to go with one of the OP's choices it would Fralins.

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Wolfetone

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Quote Originally Posted by j45 View Post
    If I were going to go with one of the OP's choices it would Fralins.
    +1

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    I've had great luck with Lollars. They sound fantastic.
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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    I found a set of early 70's (clear bobbin) P90's out of a broken Goldtop that just killed. They were pretty cheap too. Cost maybe $75 each.

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Has anyone tried TV Jones P-90's?
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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    I have a set of Lollars in my 1962 ES-330 and they sound fantastic.
    Last edited by Frost; 06-15-12 at 01:39 PM.

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Quote Originally Posted by pablomago View Post
    Has anyone tried TV Jones P-90's?
    I've heard that these are really good - someone I know had a '63 Junior with a TV Jones and it sounded amazing.

    Trouble is with these replies........it seems they all sound good, to at least one person!? Might be better to ask which one's sound bad? (Duncan's sound good enough to me,btw.)

    PS. where did you find your avatar pic?
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    When you have the same guitar (or pedal, pickup, or amp) that your favorite player uses to play that music and make those sounds, you know that piece of equipment isn't part of the "problem", and you can either move on to blaming the next piece of gear or get down to playing and seeing if you can really do it.


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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    SHED P90's vintage construction, great tone! My tastes run into Mick Taylor slide, all the way to that George Thorogood rock and blues type slide tone. If that's what you like, check 'em out. I've tried Lollars, Fralins, Antiquities, and stock Gibsons and none of them hold a candle to the SHEDS. These pickups remind me of the early 60's P90s, which for the type of thing I like, RULE

    http://www.shedpickups.com/viewpickup.asp?puid=74

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    ....I have an '07 R7 VOS LPDC single pick up model....I replaced the p90 in mine with a Lollar, replaced the pots with RS Electronics, and replaced the tp with one from Pigtail....I'm quite happy with the results I get. This is very subjective as the music and tone I am looking for may be similar or totally different than what you are looking to hear. Then there is the set up issue-how your guitar "transfers tone" compared to any other guitar out there, it goes on and on. Bottom line is if you are not happy with the stock arrangement, you are going to have to "try" a few until you find your tonal bliss....It can be fun if you view it that way, or a hassle if you choose to look at it that way....

    Good luck in your tonal search!!!

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Quote Originally Posted by Godtherapy View Post
    Lollar, Fralin, SD, DiM, Lundgren, Bare Knuckle, Gibson or what?

    DC (KΩ)/Inductance charts canít be found on most websites. Nor have I been able to find tech info on the differences between the soapbars used on the Goldtops and the dogears used on the LP Jrís. The dogears appears to be more aggressive and dirty. Overwound compared to the soapbar?

    Iím looking for a p-u close to the dogear of the 50ís, as a replacement for the modern dogear on the LP Jr VOS which I find rather lame and unlively.

    Shopping for a vintage dogear, is out of reach right now. Hopefully, an aftermarket dogear and perhaps upgraded electronics, will do the trick.

    But what should I be looking for, as the websites leaves poor info? And where can I find more info (tech specifications, not emotional assumptions) on the differences between the soapbars and the dogears of the 50ís?
    You try swapping the pots/cap out first? I'd approach it in a step by step method starting with the least expensive link.

    My past experience is that a pot/cap switch to something from RS or the like is a good starting point. You will hear a difference. My RO Special sounded like someone pulled a blanket off the amp after the swap. Just my .02
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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Quote Originally Posted by SFK View Post
    Wolfetone
    This!
    Gibson+Marshall=TONE.

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    I had a set of TV Jones P-90s in a guitar once, they were spectacular. Live at Leeds is the tonal reference.

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Alexander View Post
    I had a set of TV Jones P-90s in a guitar once, they were spectacular. Live at Leeds is the tonal reference.
    I'm thinking of getting one of these. Do you know - does he do the single Dog-ear version or just the soap-bar?
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    When you have the same guitar (or pedal, pickup, or amp) that your favorite player uses to play that music and make those sounds, you know that piece of equipment isn't part of the "problem", and you can either move on to blaming the next piece of gear or get down to playing and seeing if you can really do it.


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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Quote Originally Posted by j45 View Post
    If I were going to go with one of the OP's choices it would Fralins.
    Hey Kerry, why particularly do you like the Fralins? And would you recommend any other makers outside the OP's original list of choices? I'm trying to decide between a Fralin dogear and maybe a Shed "Mutz'sNutz" right now.
    ................................
    When you have the same guitar (or pedal, pickup, or amp) that your favorite player uses to play that music and make those sounds, you know that piece of equipment isn't part of the "problem", and you can either move on to blaming the next piece of gear or get down to playing and seeing if you can really do it.


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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Quote Originally Posted by frazettafan View Post
    I'm thinking of getting one of these. Do you know - does he do the single Dog-ear version or just the soap-bar?
    I have the TV Jones P90s in a Flying V. They sound awesome. They only sell them in soapbars though.

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Thanks Johnny, I thought that was the case - the '64 SG I mentioned had some kind of mounting ring to accommodate the pickup.
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    When you have the same guitar (or pedal, pickup, or amp) that your favorite player uses to play that music and make those sounds, you know that piece of equipment isn't part of the "problem", and you can either move on to blaming the next piece of gear or get down to playing and seeing if you can really do it.


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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Of the ones I've tried DiMarzio DP163 and Lindy Fralin P-90 are my top picks. Found a nice roundup of P-90 pickups here.

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Thro-bak!!!

    been there and back

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Quote Originally Posted by jhmp View Post
    Thro-bak!!!

    been there and back
    +1!! I tried them all pretty much(except diMarrzio which I never like anything they made..) and to my ears the ThroBak's are the real deal! Made exactly the same way and with the same materials as the originals were made and wound on the exact same make of machines.

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Thrōbak for sure. I put his Specials in my Collings to replace the Lollars. Awesome! Gave it total balls!

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Lindy Fralin are best P90 pickups I played ..

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    I recently put a Tyson Tone Dogear '57 Wraptail in my '64 Epiphone Olympic and it sounds pretty incredible.

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    I've used three P90 brands: Gibson, Epiphone and Kent Armstrong.
    For the money you can't beat the KAs.
    The Gibdson P90s are what everybody else is copying. Very nice R&R pups. They cost a bit more than KA but both KA and Gibson P90s are impressive. The KA P90s are available in chrome dogear style which is hard to find.
    I did not like the Epi P90.

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Lindy Fralin P90 with 10% underwound neck pickup is an incredible upgrade



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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    I'd like to try some P-90's from Dan Dunham, and his guitars for that matter!

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Quote Originally Posted by renderit View Post
    Thrōbak for sure. I put his Specials in my Collings to replace the Lollars. Awesome! Gave it total balls!
    Ditto for Throbak

    I had Jon wind a P90 for my '58 Junior. It ranges from bell-like clear to a snarling bad dog!
    Drop Jon a note and start the dialogue for what you want.

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    Quote Originally Posted by toxpert View Post
    Ditto for Throbak

    I had Jon wind a P90 for my '58 Junior. It ranges from bell-like clear to a snarling bad dog!
    Drop Jon a note and start the dialogue for what you want.
    He even wound mine so they would have the number of winds for my anniversary! That way I could get it past my wife and it was pretty close to his usual ones. Killer set!

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    Re: Best P90 Pickups Currently on Market?

    If there ever was a dedicated P-90 aficionado pickup winder, it has to be Jason Lollar. It's his stock and trade.
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