Saw a band at the local county fair today after my daughter danced. She did great for a five year old and the band did great for a trio playing classic rock. The cool part was the guitarist’s tele-style guitar with two P-90’s in it. They had cream centers with the chrome rings and chrome posts.
I have always liked the look of these P-90 style pick ups. I first saw the black version of them on Alejandro Escovedo’s black Gibson SGs and just thought they looked cool! Plus he sounds great! About the same time I saw Alejandro Escovedo and his guitars on Austin City Limits, I read about Allison Robertson of the Donnas and her use of a Gibson SG with P-90’s. I then had an opportunity to play a Gibson SG with P-90’s at a Guitar Center. It sounded terrible.
It just sounded bad. I did not like it all. I couldn’t get a good clean sound and I couldn’t get a good driven sound. So I figured they just looked good and I would never get any or try them again.
Then I started putting together my Warmoth project guitar. For anyone who has looked at my past entries on it, I ended up putting in Seymour Duncan P-rails. I was looking for pickups that could cover all the bases and my good friend and one time guitar instructor recommended them after he tried them at NAMM. So I read about them. They appeared to fit the bill and I purchased them. And they did fit the bill.
I’ve described it elsewhere (and I’m to lazy to set up the links to the different entries this one touches on), but I love the P-90 in the bridge position. I love the parallel humbucker in the neck position. I love the grit of the P-90 in the neck position. And I’m starting to even prefer the P-90 in the neck position over the single coil rail for that clean but driven singing sound. I can’t describe it, but I’m enjoying the P-90 portion of the P-rails quite a bit!
Watching the guy play his tele-style guitar with the P-90s just reminded me how I have it pretty good!