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Thread: Which soapbar / p90 are you currently using in your PRS? I need p90 advice

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    Which soapbar / p90 are you currently using in your PRS? I need p90 advice

    I am the proud owner of a 07 PRS Singlecut Satin soapbar.. Awesome guitar! Loving the satin/wood feel and loving the p90 PUNCH and love the way you can hear the clarity of each string when playing rock tunes with moderate gain/overdrive. Another thing i really like is how the volume knob actually lowers the overall output/gain, So if i am playing something heavy and i lower the volume the gain actually lowers and i can get a nice broken up clean sound..

    I am new to p90s! This is my first guitar with p90s and i am just curious what a lot of people are using in the p90 equipped guitars?

    I also own a McCarty Singlecut SC245 which i find to have the best sounding pickups i have ever heard (57/08s)

    Which p90s do you prefer? and what style do you play?

    I use my p90s for a more rock/blues style.. I love the cleans that i can get also.. If i am correct, the SC satin soapbars are using Seymour Duncan P90s? I havent spent to much time with it yet to know if i love or hate the Seymour Duncans but i am just curious what others use.

    I know a majoirty of people out here probably have a p90 PRS that has a maple top but seeing as how the SC satin is all mahogany ( no maple top ) what may be bright for you, may work perfectly for me, since the all mahogany will be a little darker.

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    My #1 gigging geetar is a 100% 'hog SE One and would not change the pup if someone paid dearly for it. In my rig, it is magical. I've spent several hours playing PS McSoapies and love them and their pickups, but like you said, there's something special about mahogany and P90s. Others evaluated include Fralins, Dimarzio, Seymour Duncan, and Gibson. Again, they all had nice characteristics, but the SE P90 really works for me. After so many years of experimenting only to go back to the original setup, I'm not willing to change anything with this guitar. It's just perfrect.

    My apologies to those that have seen me write this rant 50,000,000 times.

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    I am with Boogie here. I wouldn't change out my stock SE P-90 in my hog SE One....

    I would spend some time with the stock pups in your SC. I think you will come to love them.
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    Seymour Duncans in my Custom 22 soapbar.Great sounding pickups.

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    There's a guy called Jon Baxter that builds some phenomenal pickups and his P-90s are right up there with Lollars and Thorn pups in my opinion...

    http://www.jonbaxterpickups.com/specialtypickups.html

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    Ok well i figured i would just post here without starting a new thread...

    I have spent some time with the stock P90s in the Singlecut satin soapbar and they sounds awesome but i am having one complaint! I have played a handfull of other p90 guitars, mainly SGs and LPs and they sounded great to me.

    My singlecut seems to have a LOT of "twang" to it.. Now i know some people love twang.. and i do sometimes but its really twangy.. Its had the Bite and the growl that i love about p90s but if i am playing clean or with moderate gain, I can still hear the twang, especially when playing clean.. I have used the tone knob and it does help just a little but not enough..

    I honestly dont remember p90s having a twang to them? I would have thought since there is no maple top, there would be without a doubt no twang.. it does have a nice darker/warmer sound seeing as how its all mahogony and no maple top but the twang is bugging me, Only way for me to kill it is to crank my gain on my Marshall DSL and my boost pedal, then i can rid of it ( but thats just wayyyyyy to much gain for me )

    Now i did have it recently setup, right when i bought it.. I have 10s on it and i am not sure if its just much worse? or more twangy BECAUSE of the brand new strings? or the pickups themselves? I usually hate that poppy/twang sound you can get when you put on a fresh pair of strings and now with the twangy sound this guiar has, It makes the new strings much worse..

    Can anyone give advice as to what pickups could possibly help this issue? or anything i can do?

    I read that maybe lowering the pickup might help things out? The pickup is set right next to the string when you fret at the last fret, Not touching the pickup ofcourse, but pretty close! I wasnt sure how to lower p90s? so i didnt want to mess with it..

    The sound, The thickness, The bite... everything is perfect if i can rid of this twang that i get..

    Any help would be great! thanks!

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    Two options: new capacitor or re-EQ the rig. I'd consider cutting treble and boosting the midrange a bit. Maybe a TS-9?

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    New strings are twangier than old ones.

    Try lowering the treble side of the pickup. Tighten the height adjustment screw a quarter to half turn at a time and then see what you think. Make sure you evaluate the tone at the volume you normally play at. For example, if you gig, don't set it with your amp at bedroom volume. The whole thing will sound different once you crank it up.

    Adjust the EQ on your amp. More mids, less treble and presence (if you have it).
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    if you do end up trying a new pup...my favorite is the Thorn GT-90 Stapletop...again like Boogie did...apologies to those who have seen me post this over and over and over and over and over....
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    I have only just joined this forum, so I apologise for a late reply to your post.

    I also have a 2007 McCarty Singlecut, satin finish, with P90's. I saw this guitar in a huge music shop in London, I wondered what kind of person can afford such an instrument as beautiful as this. At the time my only electric was a Korean Hamer, lovely guitar, but let's face it, a PRS is something truly amazing! One day in 2009, an unusual job came up for Gucci, 4 hours work and a three day return trip to Africa, so I charged for three days work, which equalled a guitar. I trawled the guitar shops and found a McCarty Singlecut, two actually, both satins, one with humbuckers and the other with P90's. They were brand new, they had been languishing in the shop, bought from the same huge music shop when it closed down... so this was the SAME guitar I drolled over two years before!

    The P90's are 'specially voiced' Seymour Duncan's. I also love the solid mahogany body, which gives great bass, rather like a Gibson SG, but the single coils are really a great match for that mahogany body, lifting the tonal range. Perhaps Seymour Duncan tweaked the pickups to work better with a solid mahogany body, hence the 'specially voiced' prefix? An amazing guitar I would never part from. I also noticed the clarity, every string ringing clear. I'm considering fitting TonePro bridge/stoptail locking nuts; can anyone here comment on this?

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    I recently grabbed a McCarty Korina with a brazzy board and two stock P90's and the stock pups sound huge through my Royal Atlantic. I would not change the pups because they sound great, not sure how I would describe improving them to figure out what to swap into their place.
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    I like the stock Duncans in the guitars, too. I've had several McCarty Soapbars and CU22 Soapies. The pickups are crisp, full-range, and sound very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Watersilk View Post
    One day in 2009, an unusual job came up for Gucci, 4 hours work and a three day return trip to Africa,
    Gucci, Africa, and a Ted? Sounds awesome.

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    Lindy fralin p 90 humbucking awesome

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    Get a set of SE Soapbar pickups. They sound amazing and can be had for just a little money.

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    My Mira 245 is stock but one of these days I'm gonna make good on my threat to put a set of Lollars in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitecat View Post
    My Mira 245 is stock but one of these days I'm gonna make good on my threat to put a set of Lollars in it.
    Lollar Pups?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    Get a set of SE Soapbar pickups. They sound amazing and can be had for just a little money.
    +1 I had a McSoapy and a SE Soapy 2 Maple. I sold the McSoapy cuz the SE sounded better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AP515 View Post
    +1 I had a McSoapy and a SE Soapy 2 Maple. I sold the McSoapy cuz the SE sounded better.
    I have 2 SE soapies and they sound great! I've never had a chance to hear a core line soap.
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