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Thoughts On P90 Pickups & Humbucker Comparisons

Published on 27 Apr 2018

In this video we take a gentle stroll down the path of P90 pickups. We found ourselves in the lucky position of having a bunch of wonderful P90-equipped guitars at our disposal, so what better excuse to plug ’em in and have a listen next to some similar guitars that use humbuckers.
As always with us, this isn’t a scientific comparison, and yes the guitars have some significant differences. Regular viewers will know that we’re more interested in the variables than the similarities… because that’s real life!

We plug in all kinds of guitars with different levels of gain and have a listen. Simple as that – please enjoy the video…

Pedals in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• D’Addario Pedal Tuner
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• Emanating Fist Electronics Dope Priest
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• Analog Man Bad Bod Booster

• J Rockett Touch OD
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• Keeley El Rey Dorado
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• Walrus Audio ARP-87 Delay
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• Source Audio Ventris Dual Reverb
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• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing, background and context: 00:00
- What is a P90 pickup anyway? 2:30
- We have some cool P90 guitars at the moment: 6:10
- Is that a 1954 ES-125 or are you just pleased to see me? 6:37
- Collings I-30LC and Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335: 11:04 (12:15)
- But wood and construction doesn’t make any difference right? 17:10
- The I-30 and 335 acoustically: 18:03
- PRS DGT & McCarty Soapbar: 20:30
- Soapbar & Dogear?: 21:50
- Simon’s 1960 Les Paul Special Reissue: 27:10
- What about pot values? 29:20
- Gibson 1958 Les Paul reissue and 1960 Special Reissue: 30:35
- …and now with some Plexi-type gain: 32:35
- 1961 LP Junior and Collings 290 DCS: 36:40
- What the hell is that tuner? 37:10
- A guitar tuner tangent: 38:24
- And back to the Juniors: 39:05
- The P90 can do pseudo acoustic: 42:15
- A Robbie McIntosh tangent: 42:50
- What have we learned so far? 43:45
- SG, LP Jr & Fuzz! 45:29
- And the Huber… finally! 48:34

Guitars in this episode:
• 1954 Gibson ES-125
• 1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior – watch Dan’s video at
• PRS DGT – watch Mick’s video at
• PRS McCarty Soapbar (2002)
• Gibson SG Standard (2002 model)
• Collings 290 DC S – watch Mick’s video at
• Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335 -
• Collings I-30LC –
• Gibson Custom - 1958 Les Paul Standard -
• Gibson USA 1960 Les Paul Special
• Nik Huber Krautster II – watch Dan’s video at

Amps in this episode
• Marshall 1987x head with 2061x cabinet, Celestion G12H Anniversary speakers
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• Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III - no longer made, link to latest version
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