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Old 02-04-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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UK P90 Pickups Fuzz/Distortion Friendly?

Seems, people like the P90 very much. I havent played them, but im very interested.
Are P90 good with Fuzz/distortion?
I play mostly Rock'n'Roll, some Post-Punk, Blues-Punk, Classic Rock. Like White Stripes, Iggy Pop, Also, Nirvana, Radiohead, The Cure, Hendrix stuff.

Well,if we take Hendrix, he played mostly Stratocasters with single pickup. Also, Very popular Fender models like Jaguar, Mustang are also with single coiled pickups( Classic Mustang 65' and Jaguar). And they sound perfect! Distortion, Fuzz ...

So, are P90 also good with that stuff?


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Old 02-04-2013, 03:20 PM   #2
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Yeah dude p90s would work well with the bands you have listed and well with gain/fuzz.

They are basically meaty single coils. Sort of a half and half.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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Indeed they are. A good set of P90s in a Les Paul with the right distortion box will give you plenty of dirt, raunch and sinful sleaze...

...which is pretty much what most of us are looking for anyway.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:58 PM   #4
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Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath used P90s at one point a I believe...
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:31 PM   #6
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yeah should be fine. they're closer to humbuckers (by that i mean pretty much exactly the same) in terms of output and capability with distortion. just they're not noiseless, so you can get a lot of hum. and they're rawer/less refined than humbuckers and probably not as tight.

they're completely different from fender-style single coils, fwiw.
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:00 PM   #7
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Most p90's I've used with solid-state amps have a tendency to feedback like hell won't have; however the problem doesn't seem to be as big an issue with a tube amp (kinda peculiar).

I've been looking at tge BKP Supermassive 90; its got tons of output, like a 16.9 ohm resistance, but it still has all the snap and snarl I like about p90's.

I'd think the ideal scenario would be to have the drive on your amp cooking and use like a DS-1 or TS-9 to give some extracolor to the tone.

Should probably also note; don't crank the gain on those boxes, dial it about 8 or 9 o'clock and use the tone setting to give different flavors.
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:21 PM   #8
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I'm a P90 fan, I think they are more versatile than either strat SCs or humbuckers. However, they are very prone to both rf noise and mains hum - that big coil makes a great radio receiver. I fix this by backing off the tone on the guitar and cranking the treble on the (very bright) amp; it also gives a good tone with my LBM Pi
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:07 PM   #9
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I'm considering more and more P90 guitars these days. I have a custom on the way with a HB-sized P90 (from The Creamery) in the neck, and I'm looking hard at a few 3xP90 axes from Reverend right now.

The ones from Reverend, at least, seem to hit a sweet spot between traditional singlecoils and HBs- a bit more punch than the former, a touch less growl than the latter.

I'm also looking at true P90s and different-sized P90 variants from Rio Grande, Vintage Vibe, RailHammer, and BareKnuckle for certain swap outs or even custom builds.
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Old 08-16-2014, 09:47 PM   #10
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The Rio Grande Dirty Harry is vintage output P90. I've got a Seymour Duncan Hot P90 in my other tele. I like both of them for different reasons. The Dirty Harry has better note definition but the SD hits the front of my amp harder. Both sound very nice. Depends on what you want really.
As you know, I'm playing slide guitar in a punk band on them. Mated up with the SLO module in my RM100 they are almost too brutal - but not. I'm getting heaps of compliments on my tone.


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At one point? I wasn't ware that he's ever used anything else.
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:05 AM   #11
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Fuzz goes with p90s like chocolate syrup goes with milk! I play inspired by similar bands, I think you'll love p90s and wish you had tried them before. They're great for thick, grungy stuff, but have a lil more clarity than a humbucker.

Btw, imo GFS makes great P90s.
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Are P90 good with Fuzz/distortion?

Well...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAh05xGo204&sns=em
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Fuzz goes with p90s like chocolate syrup goes with milk!


I'm not aware of ever having had chocolate syrup with milk
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Easiest way to make chocolate milk without buying it by the carton.
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i don't generally drink chocolate milk either

i figure i eat enough garbage already so i generally drink water or milk or tea
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At one point? I wasn't ware that he's ever used anything else.


Yup. There's the white strat, the Diggins custom SGs that variously had Diggins custom 18-pole pickups and rail humbuckers, John Birch pickups (though he mostly used a Birch P90 derivative called the Simplux, there are some eye-crossing other Birch pickups in the mix). He's currently got at least two strats, one with his sig pickup in the bridge, some SG with P94s, a couple of BC Rich guitars with DiMarzios (and some kind of preamp built in), and of course a supply of Gibson with sig pickups.
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I'm not aware of ever having had chocolate syrup with milk


I weep for your deprived childhood.


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