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I know we have a few P90 lovers here. What's your favourite? What qualities does it have that beat the competion?

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I have old P90’s that are great, but for newer ones, I actually like the Gibson stock P90’s. As good or better than the boutique winders IMO.
I have a late 90’s LP Special that sounds amazing. And I’ve owned 2 or 3 others with stock Gibson P90’s. Equally good.
 

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I just got an Epiphone Casino Worn, with the chrome coloured dog ears, and it sounds magnificent and totally P90. This is my 5th or 6th P90 in the last few years, I can assure you they're not all the same. I like the Epiphones, I had 2008-era Gibsons in an Epiphone double cut junior and they were actually the worse, which I did some research on and they were designed to be quite different. Godin, Eastwood etc all good. Love P90s!
 

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I like the stock one in my 2018 LP Jr.

The stock P90 in my 2015 LP Jr. is a different design and a little more mellow than the 2018.

I had a real 50s P90 Gold Top on loan once and it roared through a Twin.
 

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I have rarely played a bad P90. Through a good amp, you can all make them they sing like angels.

I like the Epiphone from every era, they are very articulated and have that bell/piano like tone to them.

I've had two sets of Gibson slug P90 (like in the 2014 LP MM) and they were OK, but didn't have that P90 spark.

I have a set of Tyson Tone '57s and they have a very rich and round tone, with less high end though.

I have a Lollar in my Jr and it is a beast, very efficient on string separation, not unlike the Epiphone.

I have a PRS SE Soapbar 1 and up to now the ones in there are my preferred. Very very clear, clean or dirty.

I've had a set of Sanford Magnetics. Funny to say, but they were just TOO clean for my taste. Maybe it was the amps I was playing them through at the time. I should have kept them. Can't find them anymore.

EDIT: I even had a $21.99 Chinese P90 (8.6K Alnico 2) in my Jr (to replace the awful stock stacked P100) and it sounded great. I only replaced it with the Lollar because one came up for $40. Sounded pretty much the same ... really !
 

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+1 for 2018 Gibsons. I've had three different LP Classic 2018 and all sounded great. I think Godin tends to use Lollars frequently, and have heard them they sound good. Even the Chinese P90s I had in a Gretsch Streamliner were decent. My Gibson Blueshawk has "Blues 90's" - not sure what the technical difference is but they are a little lower output and more mellow.
 

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The JS Moore in my Monty SG.

Great amount of output with a lot of usable range...
Punchy and "middy" when the volume knob is maxed out
Clear and 'stratty' when the volume knob is rolled down.
 

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I like brighter pickups so Lindy Fralin gets my vote
 

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I kinda went down this rabbit hole with my LP Jr. I was thinking maybe some aftermarket versions would be superior to the modern Gibson production. After a lot of internet reading, apparently nope. Gibson hasn't really changed anything about them at all and their stock P90's are about on par with their vintage ones and there's not an appreciable difference in the aftermarket either. So I just left well enough alone.
 

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I have a set of McNelly P90's that I really like - the neck is 6.6K and is very sweet and articulate. The bridge is 8.6K and is very well balanced for a P90, but can still dish out the grind.

I really like the openness and balance, while still having loads of girth and the recognizable mids/highs of a P90, that Tim hits with his P90 winds.
 

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I put a set of Lollars in a LP Special that I had, they were excellent P90s.

They were a '50s wind in the bridge and an Underwound (now just seems to be called Low wind) in the neck.
 

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I have stock Gibson P90 sets in a Pete Townshend SG Special (2002 original-issue, red) and a 2007 Historic LP Special Doublecut 60 and both sound great with lots of gritty P90 greatness. I often try all sorts of humbuckers in my LPs and SGs but those 2 P90 guitars sound exactly as I expected them to, so… they stay in as I have no reason to try anything else.


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I still have an LP Special from '07 that I put a set of TV Jones Magnatrons in, the Lollars went into an '11 Special.
I found that the original bridge pickups were fine, but the neck to be a bit dark for my tastes on both guitars.

Both replacement sets didn't have that issue, neck pickups are sparkly and clear with plenty of high end.

I had an '18 Special that I was going to throw a set of mini HBs into, but liked the original P90s enough to leave them in the guitar.
It seems to me that Gibosn changed the recipes along the way, to my ears anyway.
 

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Zhangbucker Honk Plus A5/Cherrick A2 set in my CS Firebird. Extra midrange snot and grind in the bridge position, clear as a bell in the neck but still enough output to feel good. Middle position is beautiful and as a rule I really dislike middle positions. Clear and spanky with the volume backed off. Just great pickups.

Edit: Gibson P90's are also great. Also Wolfetones. There's so many flavors and they seem to be an ideal design for winders to add their own personality to. Overall my favorite pickup.
 

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You had two similar LP Jr spaced 3 years apart and they had a different pickup ? I was under the impression that (apart from the slug P90 in the 2014 LP MM) all Gibson P90 for a particular model were the same through the years.
Slug poles on the 2015 and screw poles on the 2018.
 
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