#1
hey guys, i just need help with a quick question. i was looking at a guitar with soapbar pickups but ive never played them before. are they incredibly bright? and how do they sound on a dirty channel of an amp? i dont really have the time to go play a guitar with one(i have to work all weekend ) and i know someone out there must have an answer. my amp is a traynor ycv40 if that helps
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#2
Best bet is to try them

By soapbars I assume p90 style pickups. p90s are singlecoils overwoud with the magnet on a steel plate (I believe, correct me if I'm wrong) That have more punch than strat singles, but still retain the single coil vibe.
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#3
P90s are amazing, what guitar are you looking at?

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not really overly bright, they're more gibson-like than fender if you ask me, kind of warm. kinda half-way between the tone of a humbucker and a fender-style single coil, maybe even slightly closer to a humbucker.
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not really overly bright, they're more gibson-like than fender if you ask me, kind of warm. kinda half-way between the tone of a humbucker and a fender-style single coil, maybe even slightly closer to a humbucker.


Plues they're in a mahogany body, pretty hard to make mahogany sound bright!
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#8
dunno, my eggle new york has a mahogany body and it's bright as anything. though it does have a maple set neck, ebony board and strat-style trem.

but yeah, thick LP standard-style guitars generally seem to sound warm.
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not really overly bright, they're more gibson-like than fender if you ask me, kind of warm. kinda half-way between the tone of a humbucker and a fender-style single coil, maybe even slightly closer to a humbucker.


Ever used a Jazzmaster? Tell me they sound more like 'buckers then.
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#10
no i haven't tried a jazzmaster. jazzmasters don't have p90s, though, they have jazzmaster pickups. i'm talking about gibson-style p90s, which is what i assume he means by soapbars. i could be wrong, though, now you mention it JM pickups are sometimes referred to as soapbars too, so if that's what he means, I'll defer to you.
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#11
Ok, that whole P-90/Soapbar in Fender and GIbson does tend to confuse people.
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#12
yeah, definitely. he should probably tell us which he means.
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#13
All I know, is on the link, it says soapbars.
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#14
P-90's (either soapbar, dogeared, bucker size, or strat size) are amazing pickups, and IMO, good for generally any style of music, from Jazz to Blues to Rock to Metal.

They have a nice clarity, and a nice bite to them.
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P-90's (either soapbar, dogeared, bucker size, or strat size) are amazing pickups, and IMO, good for generally any style of music, from Jazz to Blues to Rock to Metal.

They have a nice clarity, and a nice bite to them.


+1. To those who doubt a P-90s ability for metal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvKjGnApeZE
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#16
My LP had P90's and they had a unique sound. Just like a '54 LP if you know what they are like. Very warm but with a clarity that goes beyond humbuckers. I have a DiMarzio P90/soapbar sized humbucker at the neck of my Yammy and it sounds nice and creamy, but not rich like in a mahogany body.
I think P90's are best in solid mahogany but I've never heard then in anything else.
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#17
alright. well thanks guys. ill probably just ditch school on monday and go try them out. thanks for all the responses
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My LP had P90's and they had a unique sound. Just like a '54 LP if you know what they are like. Very warm but with a clarity that goes beyond humbuckers. I have a DiMarzio P90/soapbar sized humbucker at the neck of my Yammy and it sounds nice and creamy, but not rich like in a mahogany body.
I think P90's are best in solid mahogany but I've never heard then in anything else.



This. They are "unique."

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#19
Mike Ness of Social Distortion uses a LP with P-90s, sounds sweet to me.
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#20
That's a sweet PRS TS, I say definitely try one out.

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#21
I find P-90's sound different from amp to amp. But if you want generalizations, they fall somewhere between singles and humbuckers, as stated earlier.
I love P-90's for cleans, blues, and hard rock, but they can start to sound a bit "lacking" when the gain is piled on. Hope this helps.
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alright. well thanks guys. ill probably just ditch school on monday and go try them out. thanks for all the responses

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I think PRS guitars are a love-hate thing. If I were you, I'd look at some other guitars with P-90s as well.
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