Pickups

Under $20 P90 Recommendation

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There was a thread on P90s where the bottomline was that P90s are not a complicated design so many lower priced P90s can be good. Someone recommended Rose P90s and others had their recommendations.

Well I have a hollowbody and wanted to replace the P90 so I ordered this. Incredible. Well balanced, clear and articulate. The description says comparable to a Seymour Duncan's Antiquity P90 Dog Ear. Not sure because I don't have one although I used to in a guitar I sold about 10 years ago but I forget how it sounded. Fast shipping too. I just installled it today.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/P9...

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For the money, it's not a huge gamble. Might be good, might be junk. As to the line "comparable to a Duncan Antiquity P-90"---well, a Pinto is comparable to a Vette, too, just not favorably. Caveat Emptor! Good luck!

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Cool That's good to know I'm not surprised Almost all pickups are very simple in construction The only ones that I've seen where I thought ooo look at the engineering are dearmonds and that was the mechanism they used to raise and lower pole pieces. The pickup is still just a coil and a magnet.

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Hmmm.... Dinner for two at Burger King? Or the primary component in a musical instrument's tone? How to choose....

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There’s guitarist in my town who played with Lucinda Williams for a spell who claims that his sound absolutely depends on cheap equipment.

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But...be all our thoughts as they may...how does this 20.00 pickup sound in your guitar?

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Time for a blind sound test. It’s true that we often listen with our eyes. I suspect many of us would prefer more expensive gear if we could see it, knowing that it cost plenty.

I once found it impossible to distinguish a Martin D-18S from a Sears Silvertone acoustic in a blind test. The Martin was for sale for thousands of dollars. The Silvertone was worth hundreds. My acoustic workhorse is an HD-28. Could it be I’m just a snob for declining to play anything less than a Martin?

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But...be all our thoughts as they may...how does this 20.00 pickup sound in your guitar?

– Proteus

It sounds really good and to my liking. Clear and articulate.

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Hmmm.... Dinner for two at Burger King? Or the primary component in a musical instrument's tone? How to choose....

– Strummerson

Tough call. I'll eat off the value meal for one and still buy the pickup.

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Given how construction of the Stratocaster permits easy switching of ready-to-go pickguards, I've been gigging lately with such a guitar fitted with two humbucker-sized Filtertron-type (notice I said 'type'!) Warman Retro Rockers -- new at £30 the pair. No, they don't sound much like TV Jones' finest, but they do sit in that zone somewhere inbetween a PAF and a twangy single coil -- sort of P90-ish I suppose, but with no hum. They're running through 500k pots. Anyway I like 'em, and if one day I decide on a change then it's an easy swap back.

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You can't even make your own P-90 for that price.

As an aside, I just purchased some boutique humbucker-sized P-90s (Lollars) for my H-H telecaster at 5 times the price you paid per pickup. Are they worth it? We'll see...

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Time for a blind sound test. It’s true that we often listen with our eyes. I suspect many of us would prefer more expensive gear if we could see it, knowing that it cost plenty.

I once found it impossible to distinguish a Martin D-18S from a Sears Silvertone acoustic in a blind test. The Martin was for sale for thousands of dollars. The Silvertone was worth hundreds. My acoustic workhorse is an HD-28. Could it be I’m just a snob for declining to play anything less than a Martin?

– Viper

I hear that. My friend picked out my first acoustic for me; the Yamaha FG-135 (?) sounded better than several Martins he tried.

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Spend the $55 and get a Kent Armstrong Classic Soap. They're worth it.

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Spend the $55 and get a Kent Armstrong Classic Soap. They're worth it.

– Billy Zoom

Do you know of a good Kent Armstrong floating single coil model you can suggest? Thanks.

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My guitar sounds close to this guy's with the new P90s -

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May need the spectator amp to sound that way too. Another item that would have been considered ‘cheap’ once, now highly valued

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I'm on the prowl for a single coil (P90?) that fits-in-a-humbucker pickup, I'm finding it interesting how few pickup makers have sound clips on their websites.

References by other folks are typically by name, but if I can't even get a glimpse (audibly) of what it's going to sound like, even $80 would be a tough call.

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GFS used to have a P90 called Mean 90s in humbucker size. I have a set in my "Casino-ized" Riviera.

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GFS used to have a P90 called Mean 90s in humbucker size. I have a set in my "Casino-ized" Riviera.

– Twom

Got a set of those in my Ibanez. They rock!

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May need the spectator amp to sound that way too. Another item that would have been considered ‘cheap’ once, now highly valued

– Vince_Ray

Agreed if I could sound even closer but the P90s altho thru a different amp I can still hear similarities in a way.

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I'm on the prowl for a single coil (P90?) that fits-in-a-humbucker pickup, I'm finding it interesting how few pickup makers have sound clips on their websites.

References by other folks are typically by name, but if I can't even get a glimpse (audibly) of what it's going to sound like, even $80 would be a tough call.

– Devil's Tool

I have some. I didn't even remember I had some but was going thru a drawer and found a new box of two humbucker size P90s. I can't recall where I ordered them from and how long ago. I guess maybe was for an Ibanez Artcore I once had. Oddly no markings on the pickups or box so i don't know who made them.

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Time for a blind sound test. It’s true that we often listen with our eyes. I suspect many of us would prefer more expensive gear if we could see it, knowing that it cost plenty.

I once found it impossible to distinguish a Martin D-18S from a Sears Silvertone acoustic in a blind test. The Martin was for sale for thousands of dollars. The Silvertone was worth hundreds. My acoustic workhorse is an HD-28. Could it be I’m just a snob for declining to play anything less than a Martin?

– Viper

Right you are.. Blind test rules all. A good guitar or pickup is good regardless of the label and the price. My best guitars are about $600 although I have ones over 5k. If its good its good. A lower price is irrelevant in that regard and absurd to overlook.

As for Seymour Duncan mention earlier. I never had anything good from him. I always end up selling SD pickups and now dont even try it if I buy a guitar with that in it. I just take them out and sell them off. Most of his pickups imo are CanAlsoDo's.

Here is Eddie Van Halen's Run in with SD, showing I.M.O what kind of businessman he is. (Reference: Eddie Van Halen: The Complete 1979 Interview )

" See, I’ve rewound my own pickups before, and a guy named Seymour Duncan – you probably know him – I got pissed at him too. He called me up and said, “Can we use your name for a special pickup?” And I said no. Next time I pick up Guitar Player magazine, there’s a special Van Halen model customized Duncan pickup. So I called him up and said, “What the hell’s goin’ on?” So he stopped, finally. It’s just kind of weird, you know. "

Then there is Jeff Becks issue, where he lost his prize Yardbirds Telecaster for a questionable swap at a weak moment. Jeff Beck still laments about that run in in interviews till this day. The JB pickup as Jeff Beck pickup is i.m.o just plain baloney and the same approach as encountered with EVH tried on Beck. There is no endorsement I saw to sell a JB pickup insinuating it is a Jeff Beck pickup. And so forth. Correct me if I am wrong. I just hate this kind of thing.

The best pickups I played the last 4 years were made by Dominger, Dimarzio and Kinman (P90HX). We sadly play with inferior pickups and guitars just because they have the right labels on them. It is sad but we all do it to some extent.

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Agreed if I could sound even closer but the P90s altho thru a different amp I can still hear similarities in a way.

– ThePolecats

Sounds like it’s a lovely sounding pickup then. I love that sound and love the amp too.

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I have an Agile Les Paul copy and the P90 pickups sound great in that. Never found a need to swap them out.

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I heard some good things about Roswell pickups. Link

I think they also make the filtertrons for the Squier and/or Mexican Cabronitas.


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