[Comments] It hits its mark.
However, I do wish Duncan gave us P-90 heads more to choose from than
just the two special designs and the one vintage clone.
Also, take note that it only ships with "soap bar" mounting. Gibson
used two different methods of mounting this type of pickup. One was
the "soapbar," where the pickup sat in a cavity just its size, held in
place by two screws through the middle, and the "dog ear" method, with
a mounting bracket that was held in place by two screws, one at each
end of the bracket (kind of like the bracket a humbucker sits in).
This last method uses a rectangular cover with triangular "ears" at
each end; the "soap bar" uses a rectangular cover that fits over just
If your guitar uses the "dog ear" method, you will likely have to
disassemble the pickup from its bottom plate and reassemble it on the
"dog ear" bracket. At this point, the nice Seymour Duncan wax potting
process that keeps your high-gain rig from squealing gets somewhat
compromised. I chose to send the whole assembly back to the Duncan
Custom Shop for re- potting, a $10 process. If squealing is not a
problem, don't bother re-potting it.
So unless your guitar is one of the Les Pauls or SG's or non-reverse
Firebirds that used the "soap bar" style (any of the archtops, for
instance), you have more than the usual drop in and solder
installation to contend with.
It's the best that I've found, but I'm always open to further
developments. I've deliberately limited myself to the P-90 form
factor so as to have fewer distractions when it comes to customization
options. They are the coolest looking pickups, I think.
Addendum from Erik: 01/26/95
Hey, Tim, I just got back from the NAMM show, where (among other things) I
spoke with Evan at Seymour Duncan regarding their P-90 replacements.
I knocked them for only shipping the thing with the soapbar mounting
bracket, but Evan told me that they are now shipping the Antiquity model
with the dog-ear bracket, and may extend that option to the rest of the P-90
line if enough people request it.