Are soapbar pickups the same as regular pickups? I'm about to get a guitar that has soapbar pickups, and I've never heard how a soapbar pickup sounds. So if you could help me out here that would be greatly apreciated.
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I think that Soapbars are a kind of single coil, best suited for bluesy stuff. But try them out yourself.
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No you can play some pretty heavy stuff on P90s. Ive seen old videos of Iommi using a dual soapbar SG to play sabbath. Theres the vintage ones and more modern ones. Soapbars are technically a single coil but with more bottom end then fender singles and less top end. But more top than a humbucker and less bottom, in the middle. I really like the ones I put in my LP. But unfortunatly soapbars are hard to replace with else. They are bigger than fender singles and smaller than humbuckers. And they direct mount so dont use rings or pickguards. The p90s Im using now are humbucker replacements so dont need mods. But will soon put a guitar together with soapbars the seymore duncans are really nice.