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Old February 11th, 2005, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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P90 vs. P100

I've read that the P100 isn't as well thought of as the P90 and am wondering what the difference is. I love P90's but have never played a P100 equipped guitar. Thanks.

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Old April 3rd, 2005, 07:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Gibson Guy,
The P-100's are fatter warmer sounding and a whole lot quieter. A great blues guitar pickup!
I hear so much negative feedback about the P-100's but I really like them.
I read someplace that if you put a coil tap on the P-100's the output in single coil mode is way hotter than a regular P-90. I was going to do this mod but decided to leave it alone. Also, I heard Gibson is not making these pickups anymore.
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Old April 21st, 2005, 10:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not so sure about P-100s being fatter and warmer sounding. Mine have alot of midrange, and actually lack bass response. Also, they aren't particularly quiet, either. I've been thinking of replacing them. I like the bark that they have, but really need more bass to give it some more versatility, and also make it a good tone for jazz rhythm type stuff.
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Old June 5th, 2005, 12:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Gimme real P-90s'!

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I had the stock P-100's in my LP Special and replaced them with SD Vintage P-90's. They sound similar to the chrome "dog-ear" P-90's that were in my old Epiphone (made in Kalamazoo!) . They sound great.
Those P-100's were lacking, to my ears. YMMV

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Old August 15th, 2005, 07:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't have a problem w/ the P-100's in my ES-135. IMO, they sound pretty good & they are quiet. Thought about yankin' them, but I could'nt see the point.
However, put up against my '63 ES-330 w/ P-90's, you can really hear the rawness of a P-90. Quite a difference. There is a hum a high volumes, but it's not that terrible. They are everything that you've heard about...and then some. A real killer sounding pup!
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Old August 26th, 2005, 07:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, I ordered a set of Duncan P-90s for my LPjr, special. I want to have a better sound from this nearly unuseable (for me) guitar. I'll let you guys know how it works out.
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Old August 26th, 2005, 08:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I use the the Duncan SP90-3 in my Special. It still has the character of an alnico P90, but is much stronger in a hot amp.
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Old November 9th, 2005, 05:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, I put mine in, and I just love 'em!

I got a vintage P-90 for the neck, and a hot P-90 for the bridge. They sound a little different from each other, but in a good way. The neck pup goes from full, rich jazz to full-blown rock, the neck pup sounds great with distortion....hog heaven, boys.
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Old December 1st, 2005, 07:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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On my LPS, I put in a set of Fralin P-90s. For the neck, I got the alnico pole model, and had it 5% underwound. For the bridge, i put in his regular model but 5% overwound. The 10% difference balances them fairly well. The biggest surprise is the alnico pole P-90 sounds like a cross between a regular P-90 and a Strat pup. It has the best of each. It's a winner!
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Old December 14th, 2005, 10:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The P-90s I got have alnico in the neck and ceramic in the bridge. They do sound a little different, but I'm still diggin' it!
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