#1
So,

I just got me a used Ibanez AF75 hollowbody fo 300 ish and I want to play that old-time rock and roll.

I'm thinking about swapping the pickups for some hum sized p90s. I don't think they sound bad, but I want a rockabilly vibe.

Any experience with some good cheap ones?

I'm thinking Rebel 90s, Mean 90s or maybe Buddha p90s. These would be 100, 79 and 130 for a set, respectively. I don't know how much more I want to spend because it's dumb to have a set of pickups that cost as much as the guitar imo

Are those woth it?

Should I spend more bones on some BG pure 90s or maybe Phat Cats?

Thanks
Last edited by Duaneclapdrix at Jan 20, 2017,
#2
$100 isn't particularly cheap, but I don't know those in particular.

In that price range, my HB-sized P90s of choice are made by Railhammer.

Another option- especially if you'd like a rockabilly vibe- would be something like a TV Jones FillerTron or PowerTron humbucker.

Option #3 would be a Dirty Harry or Tallboy HB from Rio Grande. Those are both made with Rio Grande singlecoil-sized P90s in a HB housing. That means you get HB tones in standard mode, and when split, you get P90 tones.

And the Seymour Duncan P-Rail would give you a bunch of tonal options. Don't know how good their P90 tone is, though.
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Quote by dannyalcatraz
$100 isn't particularly cheap, but I don't know those in particular.

In that price range, my HB-sized P90s of choice are made by Railhammer.


Well, the Mean 90s are the cheapest I could find. So I suppose 100 is cheap compared to the top end of the range, which seemed to be 300-400 for a set.

The railhammers would be 200 for a set. So more than any of the ones I listed. I could space them out maybe.

The TV Jones are about 200 for a set as well.

I'm not sold on the idea that the extra 100 smackaroos would really sound that much better, but I don't want to go through all the trouble of swapping pickups on a hollowbody just to get muddy crap either haha
#5
Ah, you were talking per set! Sorry! My misunderstanding.

My personal experience is that good pickups can be a worthwhile tonal investment. I just recently swapped out some stock Wilkinson P90s- which are pretty good- with some Bareknuckles and the difference was quite noticeable. I mean, I would recommend the Wilkinsons for someone upgrading from something awful, assured that they'd be pleased. But the BKPs blow them away.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#6
Quote by dannyalcatraz
Ah, you were talking per set! Sorry! My misunderstanding.

My personal experience is that good pickups can be a worthwhile tonal investment. I just recently swapped out some stock Wilkinson P90s- which are pretty good- with some Bareknuckles and the difference was quite noticeable. I mean, I would recommend the Wilkinsons for someone upgrading from something awful, assured that they'd be pleased. But the BKPs blow them away.


Yeah, sorry. I wasn't clear in the OP.

Hmm. I'm just going to have set a price limit and go for it I think. I looked at Barknuckles as well, but that's a lot of cash. I don't know if the guitar is worth the investment in the big guns haha.
#7
GFS Dream 90s have been around a long time, and come in a lot of different cosmetic versions, so they might have something going for them.

Another option is Gretsch-style low-output humbuckers. I've got GFS Memphis neck pickups in two guitars and one also has a Memphis bridge pickup. I like them a lot. They are similar to P90s insofar as they fill the middle ground between strat SC icepick and PAF warm, but not as hard-sounding as a P90.

IMO, a lot of one's pickup perception depends on the amp it goes through.
#8
Contact Peter Bitloft at Vintage Vibe and tell him what you want, He made me some 7 string HB sized P90's and they are flawless. They come with spare magnets which are supremely easy to swap out.
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