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  • P90 pickups

    guys,

     

             I love my Palamino but I don't feel like the P90's sound too good. Should I upgrade the pu's?


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    P90s sound great through my Crate V30 (3112), the black tolex precursor of your Palimino. These amps have a Voxish chime that P90s love, even Agile ceramics. If your pony isn't chiming maybe your P90s are at fault. What are they in? Who made them?

     

    Oh wait... You are talking about a Palimino guitar, not an amp - must be a Dean Palimino. Could be the pups. What amp are you using?

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    • Dan Furr 59
      Dan Furr 59 commented
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      I've got a VOX amp. I'm just wondering if these P90's are a little cheaply made or something.

      I mean.it sounds nice.........but not like I remember from the 60's.

       


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    Dan Furr 59 wrote:

    guys,


     


             I love my Palamino but I don't feel like the P90's sound too good. Should I upgrade the pu's?




    I would first look at the caps and pots (a cheaper alternative to replacing 3 P90s); the Palomino is an 'entry' level archtop, so assume the electronics are sub-par. Also remember, despite their size, they are still single coil p-ups, so their output level may be lower than you expect.  Also, depending on the amp you are using, you may want to rethink your tone settings if you are used to using humbuckers.


    Tried to find out about those P90s which they say are Dean's 'DMT designed', but they don't list them in the DMT pages? So you may actually want to replace them with something else, failing a pot/cap change improvement.


    I played/tried out a few of these over the past couple of years and frankly, I thought they were pretty good, better than most Epi Dots and many of the Ibanez Artcore models. I don't think they are quite as good as the Epi WildKat, though....but I am a bit biased.  I would be interested in doing a side by side A/B test against a 3 P90 Epi Riviera model...

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    • Dan Furr 59
      Dan Furr 59 commented
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      What about a Casino? how would you rate it among that group?


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    Unless you have a need for a vintage Fender sound, there IS nothing better than p90s.:heart: I've been playing duncans in my Hamer for 7-8 years, now and really like them. Good advice above, though. I'd check the relatively inexpensive things before I bought a set of three p'ups.

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