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    Default How can I get a P-90 sound in a single coil size?

    I've been wanting to change the neck pickup on my Strat for a while now. It's got a nice sound and all, but I've been living with it for the past three years and I'm getting a bit bored with it.

    I was at the guitar shop a couple hours ago, and I played on an Epiphone Goldtop of some description with P-90s in it. It blew me away - especially the sound coming from the neck pickup. I've basically decided that I have to have the P-90 sound in the neck of my Strat. So, boys and girls, what do you suggest?

    Buying a new pickguard or slicing up my existing pickguard to make room for a real P-90 is not an option, by the way...it's got to be in a single-coil size; I went to the hassle of getting a posh H/S/S scratchplate so that I could fit a JB that I purchased especially from the USA (I live in England).

    Thanks in advance! I've been lurking on this forum for ages - it was from the posts here that I decided to get a JB, and it's probably the best guitar-related decision I've ever made!

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    Default Re: How can I get a P-90 sound in a single coil size?

    Closest I get is a QP though it is not dead-on.

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    Default Re: How can I get a P-90 sound in a single coil size?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wattage
    Closest I get is a QP though it is not dead-on.
    Ditto. Even though I haven't heard a P-90, I can say that a QP has a rich, full tone. Love it, (them).

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    Default Re: How can I get a P-90 sound in a single coil size?

    one more vote fore quater pounder!
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    Default Re: How can I get a P-90 sound in a single coil size?

    Harmonic Designs S-90
    http://www.harmonicdesign.net/allpages/strats.html

    Although this is normally used in the bridge position, you can use it the neck or middle.
    Pole pieces are adjustable like a P-90 and not nearly as hot as a QP.
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    Default Re: How can I get a P-90 sound in a single coil size?

    QP from Duncan or maybe a Steel Pole 42 or 43 from Fralin might be an option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjy_26
    QP from Duncan or maybe a Steel Pole 42 or 43 from Fralin might be an option.
    I agree. But I think the SP-43 would be the closest. I use one as a bridge pickup in my favorite Strat and it's tone is about 50% Strat and 50% P-90. The QP is a great pickup but when it comes to capturing a P90 tone I think the SP-43 is the one to consider. Unlike the QP, the SP-43 has adjustable polepieces and the magnets are under the coil...just like a P-90. The QP has the wire wound around the magnetic polepieces and they are not adjustable...this gives it more of a Strat pickup tone than a P-90 tone. Lew

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    Good suggestions, but I think If money isn´t too much of a problem calling up MJ in the Custom Shop may get you absolute closest
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    Default Re: How can I get a P-90 sound in a single coil size?

    Quote Originally Posted by slightly_rude
    Harmonic Designs S-90
    http://www.harmonicdesign.net/allpages/strats.html

    Although this is normally used in the bridge position, you can use it the neck or middle.
    Pole pieces are adjustable like a P-90 and not nearly as hot as a QP.
    FWIW, a friend of mine put one in a Tele bridge after trying a lot of pups, and said his search is over. He's a P90 nut, so I'd guess that it sounds pretty good.

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    Default Re: How can I get a P-90 sound in a single coil size?

    That Harmonic S-90 is supposed to be pretty good indeed. I may have to get my hands on one soon.

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    Default Re: How can I get a P-90 sound in a single coil size?

    QP or an older Dimarzio SDS-1

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