BaDG0oD
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#1
Bonjour!

I want to know more about P-90 and Other Alnico Single pickups(They look like humbuckers, but with single coil). Are they similar? Sound?
And what's most popular Single coiled pickups?

Thanks!
Roc8995
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#2
A P-90 is not the same as a single coil pickup. It doesn't sound anything like a single-coil. Humbucker sized single coils exist but that's an entirely different thing. A P-90 sounds somewhere in between a single-coil and a humbucker, but they do have a unique tone. Most people might call it 'woody.'

This guitar has a humbucker in the bridge, a P-90 in the neck, and a single coil in the middle. Note that they're all different sizes - so they're not interchangeable.
MG_Sora
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Quote by BaDG0oD
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Here it is, a single-coiled pickup. Looks like a humbucker. I mean, this kind of single coil.

That's not a single-coiled pickup, that's a standard humbucker that happens to have a single line of poles showing. If you removed the chrome cover, you'd see a standard, double-coiled, humbucker.

That's pretty much this, but with a chrome cover.
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BaDG0oD
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Wow, very interesting. I'm confused. Im search more information about Res-O-Glas guitars. Want to build one, and i wanted to know what kind of pickups they use.

http://www.guitarkitsusa.com/23.html here's some pictures, some guitars have this pickups with chrome cover.
Roc8995
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#6
Which one are you talking about? There are a bunch of different kind of pickups there.

These two guitars both have humbuckers, the first one just has covers on:


This one has P-90s:

This one has a humbucker in the bridge and a Filtertron in the neck:

This one has humbucker-sized P-90s:
BaDG0oD
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Ye, i was thinking of first. Now i understand this system. I mean, i was very confused, then saw single coiled pickup, what looks like humbucker.

Anyway,
Thanks guys for your pation and help! Very Helpful!
LeviMan_2001
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WOAH! Hold on everybody. What you are looking for IS a single coil and DOES look like a humbucker. They were put into old airline guitars, they were a product of looking expensive on the cheap. What you need it an 'airline vintage voiced single coil'

http://shop.myrareguitars.com/airline-vintage-voiced-single-coil-pickup.aspx

Ah, there's that picture you posted. So yep, single coil.

Also, Roc, hate to correct a mod (apparently, ninja?) but that green guitar says it's got the vintage voiced single coil in the bridge
Last edited by LeviMan_2001 at Feb 1, 2013,
Roc8995
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Quote by LeviMan_2001
WOAH! Hold on everybody. What you are looking for IS a single coil and DOES look like a humbucker. They were put into old airline guitars, they were a product of looking expensive on the cheap. What you need it an 'airline vintage voiced single coil'

http://shop.myrareguitars.com/airline-vintage-voiced-single-coil-pickup.aspx

Ah, there's that picture you posted. So yep, single coil.

Also, Roc, hate to correct a mod (apparently, ninja?) but that green guitar says it's got the vintage voiced single coil in the bridge

Don't be afraid to correct me - I don't get to be right all the time just because I ban people

Good find. I wasn't aware that those existed, though it certainly does fit the original Airline ethos - cool looks hiding less expensive stuff under the hood.

Personally I'd go with something like a Rio Grande tallboy - splits to a strat single coil, so you get something like the original sound, but then you have the option of going to a full humbucker if you want it. You've got all that real estate, why waste it just because that was what was on the originals? They didn't exactly get famous for sounding great. Of course if you've tried an original and loved it that's a different story.
sytharnia1560
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if you're looking for a single coil sized pick up that sounds similar to a p90 then the duncan quarter pounds are closest. also the dimarzio sds1 is around there as well
LeviMan_2001
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Those tall boy pickups are pretty cool, although expensive. I just finished putting alnico rod magnets into a set of humbuckers I have in a 335 style guitar (alnico magnets only in the screw side, so the other coil is dead). Giving me true fender style pickups in a humbucker case. With the option to add in a dummy coil. Worked really well and sounds pretty cool!
BaDG0oD
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But, p-90 are they good with distortion, FUZZ? I play with Fuzz almost every time.
sytharnia1560
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Quote by BaDG0oD
But, p-90 are they good with distortion, FUZZ? I play with Fuzz almost every time.


90's are great with distortion...noisy yes but all kinds of awesome