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  • Les Paul jr. P90 pickup suggestions

    I'm thinking about buying an Epiphone lpjr, and changing the pickup to a p90, and well as changing the tuners, rewiring, etc.. But anyways, would it be a good idea to just get a stock Gibson p90, or should I opt for a more expensive option? I will be using the guitar mostly for distorted tones, (Punk-ish kind of stuff, as well as rock and indie). Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    gibson p90s have a great rep. but I have an overwound lollar and it brings the rock. some think p90s should be low wind and mellow but I like them gnarly and mean. and since youre only buying one why not splurge and get a lollar or fralin or any of the booteeky flavors, cant go wrong. On the other hand you could splurge and get a vintage gibson p90 too.  lots of choices, with p90s like tele pickups its hard to mess one up. ,

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    • ChristianTimn
      ChristianTimn commented
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      Thanks. And yeah, "Mean" is definitley what I want. 


  • #3
    Gibson P90s are plenty expensive. But they sound nice.
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    • #4
      Gibson pickups are awesome. Their P90s are a great example.
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      • Into Nation
        Into Nation commented
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        If you are swapping a humbucker and going to a P90 the easiest path is a humbucker sized P90.  Lots of them out there, none I have personally tried though I think there are others here who have.


    • #5

      From all I've heard, Gibson's humbucker-sized P90 (the P94?) is not as good as the competition.  The Seymour Duncan Phat Cat is a great choice, and I've heard it leans towards the mean side of the tracks as well. 

      Also check with Bryan Gunsher of BG Pickups (Norcal-Gtr on this forum).  He makes a great P90 and, last I checked, offers a discount to forumites.  I've bought 3 pickups from him and they're all great. 

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      • tlbonehead
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        Alecto wrote:

        From all I've heard, Gibson's humbucker-sized P90 (the P94?) is not as good as the competition.  The Seymour Duncan Phat Cat is a great choice, and I've heard it leans towards the mean side of the tracks as well. 

        Also check with Bryan Gunsher of BG Pickups (Norcal-Gtr on this forum).  He makes a great P90 and, last I checked, offers a discount to forumites.  I've bought 3 pickups from him and they're all great. 


        I'm a huge P90 fan. I much prefer the P94 over the Phat Cat. I do agree on BGs. I have a set of Bryan's P90s. Very nice!


    • #6

      Used Gibson....unbeatable

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    • #7

      Definitely check out some BG's http://bg-pups.com ... use the code may10 to get 10% off

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      • kit_strong
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        I'd go with either BG or Rose pickups. They both make great pickups that cost less than a Gibson pickup.

    • #8

      May I suggest trying to find an old Epi LP Jr from ~97 or around then, they already have a p90 in it. Just upgrade the wiring and pots and try out the stock p90. I did just that and am REALLY enjoying it. 

      Here's the Stock p90 Jr (red one obviously)

      DSCF3705.JPG

       

      And here's my handywork (50s wiring)

      DSCF3705.JPG

      Then it you're still not happy then try an expensive pickup.

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      • BeanoBoy
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        plasticscouse wrote:

        May I suggest trying to find an old Epi LP Jr from ~97 or around then, they already have a p90 in it. Just upgrade the wiring and pots and try out the stock p90. I did just that and am REALLY enjoying it. 

        Here's the Stock p90 Jr (red one obviously)

        DSCF3705.JPG

         

        And here's my handywork (50s wiring)

        DSCF3705.JPG

        Then it you're still not happy then try an expensive pickup.

        Total spend on this

        Attached Files


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