Soapbar P-90 Style Single Coil Pickups
V G P-90 style pickups are hand made in the USA and deliver all the fat
P-90 you want without the noise.
These V V G P-90 style pickups also offer the capability for the user to change the magnet assembly with ease! Each set of P-90 style pickups ship with complete sets of both AlNiCo-V and ceramic bar magnets.
An independent review of V V G P-90 style pickups is posted on All Things Guitar:
This review includes sound clips recorded with five versions of the V V G P-90 style pickup design. This review was completed before the changeable magnet design was developed. The SB P-90 SWCB will sound just like the changeable magnet design with the ceramic magnets installed.
The SB P-90 SWAB will sound just like the changeable magnet design with the AlNiCo-5 magnets installed.
“I needed a pickup that would have an authentic vintage sound complete with that bark and distortion at saturation. I had to look no further than this baby. This badboy is just dripping with tone. I my case the alnico seemed to just synergize with my Gibson hollowbody. Midrange to die for with a sweet top end and the bottom was mellow and not at all boomy like my P-100. My J160 is one of the best sounding guitars I have ever played and that includes E-335's and Gretsches. Great tech help from Peter as well. This pickup gets my highest recommendation! Another big plus is that it is also so well shielded that it was almost as quiet as the humbucking it replaced. Nice job Peter!”
“If anyone has a Les Paul and an AC30, these pickups are a MUST! It is the best I've ever heard my AC30 sound. I'll emphasize again, all of the thickness of the Les Paul sound is still here, it just has a tighter attack and response and cuts through a mix way better. With the ceramic magnets installed, the volume is a little lower than the stock LP pickups, but I just turn my compressor pedal up a bit and it's awesome. The coolest thing is that several of my distortion stomp boxes (MXR Distortion +, Jekyll & Hyde) respond WAY better to the P-90's. Something with the hot single coil doesn't make that annoying fuzzyness with my MXR pedal. And overdrives sound as sweet as ever.”
“The Vintage Vibe Guitar pickups delivered. Upon receiving these pickups, the first thing I noticed is how well these pickups are assembled. The fit and finish is as good as any of the major US brands. These pickups are well shielded as is the lead, and the pickups are quieter than the stock units they replace because of it.
Sonically, these pickups sound like a "proper" p-90. THIS is the familiar sound of 1970's rock and roll, southern rock, ac/dc, and hot blues. The PRS stockers sounded like they would work for "modern rock" (ie radio rock like creed and their ilk,) but the VVG are phenomenal for a more traditional sound.
There is a definite emphasis on the mids, but the highs retain clarity and are NEVER brittle or shrill. I'm a treble/twang junky, and these pickups deliver a great treble response with that natural, smooth alnico v compression just before the highs get harsh. The neck pickup is gentle and warm clean when played clean, and the middle position is fantastic too.
Under distortion, these pickups are "open" and throaty. They are not as bassy as the stock pickups, which lends a more vintage and raw sound. Because these pickups are well shielded/made, they can take a goodly amount of gain without generating overwhelming noise. In a well-shielded guitar, these pickups will take you from mild rockabilly to Mississippi Queen to Joey Ramone to Black Sabbath territory and beyond.”
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