#1
im looking for a new electric guitar and i saw one at GC with a P-90 pick up.

what are they for? do they do well with gain? are they better than Single Coil and Humbuckers?

can someone please enlighten me?
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they are somewhere between a traditional single coil and a humbucker. they are good for many types of music (although not really metal). p-90 players and guitars are a rare breed but they are by far the best sounding pickup money can buy in my humble opinion.

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Ive always been lead to believe they're inbetween Single coils and Humbuckers. Which is cool, but one problem is they've still got the hum of single coils.
They do have great tone, At some point Ill get a guitar with some in it.
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They ARE single coils. They have the hum of a single coil pickup because that's what they are.

P-90 pickups have a different sound than most single coils and also different from humbuckers. They have more "bite" and can also be somewhat twangy. They're fine for quite a lot of genres.

If the hum really bothers you, just get a P-100 pickup. Same size, same look, and nearly the same sound. It can just handle higher distortion and volume better.
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#5
i like that sound. lol.

i was thinking about the Gibson SG Junior.

i saw the guitarist in The Subways play it live and loved the sound.

would this be a good idea?
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#6
Well its only on pickup (bridge) and id say look for something like a PRS Soapbar nad Gibson LP Double Cut Faded.
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Well its only on pickup (bridge) and id say look for something like a PRS Soapbar nad Gibson LP Double Cut Faded.


^+1 those are what i would look at as well
#9
I love p-90's. They've got a great range of versatlity and are capable of music from many genre's (punk to jazz to country). With just adjustments in volume you can get many great tones. I don't think you can get Black Sabbath out of them or any other heavy metal, just depends on what you like to play.

i'm curious as to what guitar you where looking at.
#10
I want to get a Gibson Firebird with 3 P-90s, bridge middle and neck and an spst mini toggle for each.

Obviously, I'll have to do that myself, since I don't think they make firebirds set up like that.
#11
Its not IMPOSSILE to get metal tones out of them, but definetly aren't there strong point. It would be some trouble to play hardcore bands with them, but i came close to some metallica and pantera at guitar center today. Also got an almost spot on guns n roses with them.
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