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replacement P90's - help!!!

Ian Anderson

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I'm thinking of trying some of those humbucker-sized P90's that are available from Rio Grande, Harmonic Design and Gibson.

Anyone have some experiences with these things?

I've been digging AC/DC's 'if you want blood' LP lately and you can hear that Angus is using a P90 loaded SG on some of those tunes - I'd like to cop some of that twang!!!

The Les Paul they will be going in is a 19?? Classic Plus.

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professor

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The Gibsons I've played were a bit harsh, to my ears. I like Fralins and Harmonic Designs (a bit hotter than the Fralins, but very sweet nonetheless...)
 

professor

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*Another* cool pickup is TV Jones' bucker-sized Filtertron... a bit different from a P90, but *really* sweet! I've got one in the neck position of a 335 Historic, and it great!
 
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I've only played Duncans, and like them alot.
Especially the stack p90's with either single coil or humbucker tones.
I have a Melancon with those babies loaded, and this axe just screams!
Steve
 

Ian Anderson

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professor...

how do those Filtertron's sound as bridge pickups?

How do they sound for lead playing?

I'm the only guitar player in my band, so I need to be able to switch between rhythm and lead all the time and the pickups needs to be up for that.

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professor

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Ian...

Unfortunately, I don't have one installed in the bridge, so I really can't say much about how it would sound. But the TV Jones "TV-Tron" neck pickup, I can solo on that puppy all day long! It's much more clear and harmonically interesting than *any* neck 'bucker I've ever played, which is why I went looking for a replacement in the first place.

Contact TV Jones -- http://www.tvjones.com -- and get his perspective...
 

Sam Blob

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If TV Jones' Filtertron copies nail the old Filtertron tones, I wonder what his regular humbuckers sound like...
 

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I have a Harmonic Design Z90 in the bridge of a Les Paul. The tone is broad spectrum with a nod toward the top end. It is the most articulate pickup I've ever played and growls nicely when overdriven. I would think, depending on your amp, that you'll get a convincing AC/DC type tone. This pickup sounds nothing like a P90 (not a bad thing) and requires the use of 500K pots.
 

Ian Anderson

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decisions, decisions...

Those Filtertrons sound like a cool idea (that's what Malcolm Young uses in his guitars, right?).

The Z90's also sound like a good bet *and* they always seem to get good reviews all round.

This isn't an easy decision as it'll have to be one or the other as I ain't got the cash to try both.

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Alien

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Malcolm Young uses the bridge pup. TV Jones has also a slightly hotter variation of the TV'Tron Classic, called TV'Tron Plus. It emphasizes the lower mids for a better growl. I have recently ordered a Plus bridge and a Classic neck pup, and looking forward to hear them.
 

Ian Anderson

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Jailbreak!!!

Those hotter 'trons sound like they'd be a safer bet as I'm not sure how good standard ones would be for rock lead playing even though Malcolm Young's rhythm sound with them is probably one of my all time favourite tones.

Is it just me, or do other people dig Malcolm's rhythm tone over Angus' on those early LP's?

Anyone got the URL for these TV Jones pickups?

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