ThisThanks Spin . With the original Gibson LPJ having P-90, that was a consideration. I've read that drop in P-90 are not all they're meant to be. Can anybody comment to that or suggest one that is maybe? The dogear would mean the irreversible mod, not that it would matter if it's a big improvement. You can always use a pedal for distortion.
Humbucker sized P-90s
That's +1 for the P90.
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Genuine Gibson P-90 with controls (2019) LP Junior. Not a bad price and would still be a very cheap guitar.
https://www.squier-talk.com/threads...r-upgrade-or-leave-stock.194677/#post-1197321I've been reading a lot and it all seems to say that humbucker sized P-90s aren't P-90s. P-94 is close, as are Fralin and Lollar.
How does that work ?Do you play with distorsion a lot ? If so, you might prefer P94 pickups.
YepYes Dr, and thanks for the reminder. I think you are again correctly pointing out exactly what I'm learning both here and elsewhere. A P-90 is a P-90 and the others aren't. Is that what you're telling me?
Adjusting pole pieces for each string is very fine tuning. I don't hear it. So yes, more for getting everything higher. But you're right that spacers would do that. Then again, there is a subtle tonal difference in both adjustment. For you to see/hear.Dr, I refer to your mention of adjusting pole heights. Isn't that for individual pole / string balance adjustments more so than actual pickup height? There are pretty standard P-90 shims available for lifting them as required. With the Junior being a "flat top" body there shouldn't be too much difficulty in attaching a P-90 and adjusting the height if it's too low. Again, I haven't actually put my guitat on the table and measured it yet.
This what you can aim for with P90s.Of course I'd still be hoping that the sound is better than the 700T. By all accounts the 700T is quite a harsh pickup and that is pretty much how I'd describe it as well.
They are not hum buckers, they are simply an overwound single coil that could fit in a Strat if you crammed it under a thin plastic cover. As they are floating in a way too big cover, they look like a humbucker. Do you see any P94 builders that show you the entrails of their creation ? They don't want you to see the physical difference with a full wound P90 coil.... given that they are truly humbucking and humbucker-sized, so why not try them?
^ this.Yrs back, I did a post on the conversion of a humbucker to a dogear P90. Hopefully you can find it. It shows the entire process, pics, wiring, and the modified rout. It's the only way to go with a Jr and you will never want to reverse it. And, you don't have to spring for a Gibson pickup, a standard "dog" with 500 pots will get the job done.
I got lucky with mine, it was one of the oddballs that has the trapazoidal-shaped cavity:The P90 and the Gibby guts seem like a nice upgrade option. Now let's talk about hum...
Get some copper foil- the kind people use to keep snails out of the garden- (hint, can find it in good gardening shops) or proper guitar shielding kit (from ..almost everywhere now, including online). Take the cover down from the dog, and wrap a strip of said copper tape around the insulation that's on the coil. You don't need to close the loop, in fact you don't want to, because you can lose signal like that... but get it pretty close to closing if you pardon my saying so.Leave a small gap between the ends of the foil. Then solder a bit of wire to this foil...and take it to ground somehow. Then replace the dog's cover (and its ears) and there, you have a grounded and silent dog that does not bark unless so instructed (no buzz). It is paramount to have decent shielding and if you do,(do the inner electronics bay of the guitar too if you still have foil) no noise even under rather harsh neon lights... If more shielding is needed, do the inside of the cover (I suppose it is the plastic kind) with the same foil , and ensure it touches the ground somehow, if not easy then put in another grounding wire, go from that to the ring around the bobbin and from there to the outside star ground on the back of a pot or somewhere (I know some folks that do the star point on the output jack, I don't like it like that, it's too messy but if you got the space, it's electrically better).
On chiseling, space around the dog, etc. There's always an option to make a custom pickguard or to paint the inside of the newly dug out pocket (don't call electronic bays and pockets "cavities" guys, we're not (all) dentists here)...
Yup that's the way! Now please remember that all that shielding must go to ground at the jack somehow. And do the inside of the plastic cover too- same recipe. Then when the pickup arrives first try it without any supplemental shielding but make sure the back of it is grounded properly and if not... time to go full monty. Nice install and if you keep this up there would be no noise in the finished guitar. You can also apply this inside the pickup rout - but wait to see if needed...
Adjusting pole pieces for each string is very fine tuning. I don't hear it. So yes, more for getting everything higher. But you're right that spacers would do that. Then again, there is a subtle tonal difference in both adjustment. For you to see/hear.
This what you can aim for with P90s.
They are not hum buckers, they are simply an overwound single coil that could fit in a Strat if you crammed it under a thin plastic cover. As they are floating in a way too big cover, they look like a humbucker. Do you see any P94 builders that show you the entrails of their creation ? They don't want you to see the physical difference with a full wound P90 coil.
You would need stacked coils to buck the hum. That's what's called a single coil size humbucker.
I am not saying that P94s sound bad, they sound good, but not like a P90.