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P90

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
(16 customer reviews)

$100.00$200.00

The Fralin P-90: a classic P-90 Pickup known for its big mid-range when used clean, and chainsaw grind when pushing an amp hard. This pickup has all the clarity and definition you’ve come to expect from Fralin Pickups.

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We can use Gold Screws instead of Nickel for a small up-charge.

ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC PICKUPS, NOW ON STEROIDS.

We all love the sound of a screaming P90 Pickup. It’s been used on countless records and countless guitarists rely on it to give them that aggressive tone they’re after. It’s Rock & Roll, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Blues, and Country all rolled into one. At Fralin Pickups, our P90’s are given a healthy dose of USA-Made Parts and wound by hand, one at a time to deliver what you love most: amazing, unforgettable tone. Our stock set has a Stock Bridge and a -10% Neck. This calibrates the set to have the same output. If you would like to customize this option, please see below for a more detailed description.


FeaturesFEATURES:

  • Original Gibson Size
  • Strong and bold – lots of midrange and snarl
  • USA-made Alnico 4 Magnets for aggressive tone and output
  • Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
  • RW/RP Neck pickup for hum-cancelling on middle position
  • Adjustable Steel Pole pieces for fine-tuning string balance
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built for unrivaled quality control
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects

SoundSOUND:

Fralin P90’s cover an impressive, wide tonal spectrum. Our P90’s have that undeniable thick Single-Coil tone. You can expect a clear, present, round bottom-end, and a sharp, aggressive top-end. You’ll notice a clear, fat midrange in-between. Single notes have a punchy, thick sonic footprint and have great sustain. Chords break up with a slight compression and great note separation. Fralin P90’s offer undeniable clarity and definition while remaining strong and punchy.
 
You’ll notice a nice midrange snarl as this pickup is quick to break up and get dirty. You won’t notice a Fender Sparkle – for that, we recommend checking out our Alnico Rod model.

 

P-90


FAQFAQ’S:

  1. What’s the tonal difference between this and your Hum-Cancelling P90? The Hum-Cancelling P90 is slightly louder, darker, and thicker. It’s quicker to break up, and has no hum. Our Stock P90 will have a bit more “glassiness” to it and a slightly softer, more vintage tone.
  2. What output do I choose? Our most popular set is the Stock Neck & Bridge. Going with a +5% output from Stock will thicken and darken the tone. Going with a -5% will clean up and reduce the midrange, making it sound more articulate and clear.
  3. What lead do I choose? This depends on your guitar and a few other things. Gibson Lead: Go with this if installing a set into a Gibson-style instrument, where each pickup has it’s respective volume pot. 2-Conductor: Go with this lead if buying a Single, or installing into a Fender-Style instrument.
  4. What’s the String Spacing? 50mm.
  5. Can you do F-Spaced P90’s? As it turns out, we can not. Sorry!
  6. What Pots should I choose? 500K, all day.
  7. I don’t see what I’m looking for? We can do some custom work, for sure. However, we’re not tooled-up for certain things, like Nickel Dogear Covers. Contact us if you’re not seeing something you’re looking for.
  8. How far away do the strings does the pickup need to be? Push your Low E String down at the highest fret. Measure from the top of the pole piece to the bottom of the string. Ideal starting location should be 1/8? on the bass string, and 1/16? on the treble string, when the High E string is pushed down at highest fret.
  9. Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Technical InfoTECHnICAL INFORMATION:

Materials
Wound to Vintage Specifications with 42 Gauge Plain Enamel Wire and uses Alnico IV Magnets. 500K Pots are recommended with this pickup.

Ohm Readings
Our Stock Set reads 7.2K on the Neck and 8.2K on the bridge. 

Sizing Information

Polarity Information
Our P90s will “Meter Down”. They will match most everything that we make. If buying a single, request a “2-Conductor”, where we separate the ground from the coil, allowing you to reverse the coil if need be. However, we’ll still need your magnetic direction.

We only have Black and Cream Soapbar Covers in 52mm Spacing. We cannot provide White, Raw Nickel, or Polished Nickel Covers in 52mm Spacing.

 

Location

Complete Set, Bridge, Neck

Type

Soapbar, Dogear, Short Dogear (Standard Dogear Bridge, Short Neck)

Neck Output

N/A, Stock, +10%, +5%, -5%

Bridge Output

N/A, Stock, +5%, -5%

Type of Lead

Gibson® Braided Shield, 2 Conductor (If Buying A Single)

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Reviews

16 reviews for P90

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jack Kerouack

    I put these in a vintage 1965 epiphone casino . It had been loaded with humbuckers but now it is back to the original sound. You guys did a great job. I played out with them the first chance I got. The sound man commented on how noise free this guitar is. Unusual comment for a single pickup guitar. I can’t stop playing the old epiphone now. I chose the stock wind and I am very satisfied with the sound and balance. Chimey highs and a smooth bottom end. I am very impressed . I worked in the r/d department at Ovation and also at Guild in the 70’s and 80’s and know a bit about sound. I play through a 1966 (not a re-issue) Fender Princeton Reverb or a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, great sound through either amp. I play in a Christian Blues and Southern Rock band . We are on you tube under the name Leftovers .

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Diego Corvalán (verified owner)

    I put the p90 in a epiphone wildkat. Sounds with clarity and definition. Not dark like the stock ones. I am very happy with the sound of these pickups.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christopher King

    I sent in a set of stock Epiphone P-90s to have them rewound for a Casino that I had assembled from individual surplus parts. The stock pickups I acquired for the project had a DC resistance of 12K ohms, a little too much emphasis in midrange, lacked high end clarity, and additionally the neck position was overly boomy in comparison to the bridge. The completely rebuilt set I received has perfect balance, crystal clear chime, and just an overall absolutely wonderful tone. I had expected the set to come back sounding better, but was unprepared for just how much better that turned out to be. It was as if I was starting over again with a new instrument after I got them installed. This company’s customer support, communication and order fulfillment are second to none. I could not be happier with my purchase. Thank you!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nathan Barton (verified owner)

    I replaced some stock p90’s in a frankenstein/tele deluxe. Along with the new CTS pots and mojotone caps i put in this is easily now my favorite guitar to play. There is so much clarity and note separation. Even with higher gain settings, 9th chords sound transparent. It’s eerie how much mojo went into these pups……

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Donoghue (verified owner)

    I got a good deal on a new Epiphone Casino. It is a beautiful guitar and very nicely made. But the stock pickups, as so many before me have experienced, were horrible. I have always loved American Gibson P-90’s, but you can’t find dogear style anymore. After listening to a bunch of samples, I decided on Lindy Fralin. I thought they came closest to vintage Gibson. They came last week and immediately improved the sound 100%. But they were a little low so I ordered a couple .100″ shims. I just put them on and I cannot believe how good that guitar sounds. Straight into my Deluxe Reverb it has that growl and punch P-90’s are known for. The sound of classic rock. I could not be more satisfied with these pickups. Thanks, Lindy.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Devin (verified owner)

    I contacted Lindy about a custom wind I wanted for my Gibson SG Jr. 60’s model. The stock pickup just did not have enough punch for my taste. Lo and behold, I get a call from the man himself! We talked about what I wanted, basically a significant overwind with a custom wire. We talked and dialed in exactly where it needed to be. Once it arrived, I installed it in my SG and cranked it up. I play a ’74 Marshall jmp 50 which was Jose modded by Voo Doo amps. This baby really sounded like the hammer of the Gods cranked through the Marshall! Plenty of extra punch. A bit darker, which was what I wanted since the stock pickup was too thin and bright. The huge improvement was the presence and harmonics. Wow! This pickup is alive! You can feel every note. The harmonics and sustain are off the scale and the presence is just spooky! Since it’s basically one of a kind due to the wire, I have dubbed it “The Devinator”! It has a permanent home in my Gibson now. Thanks again Lindy!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwalbe (verified owner)

    I have the stock set in a Gem series Les Paul Studio. They are fantastic pickups! Out of phase they quack beautifully, getting that classic Hubert Sumlin sound, but also capable of morphing towards Buddy Guy, and even a little Peter Green. The bridge has enough twang for country, the neck gets a fabulous Jump Blues sound.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rich Wegelin

    I should have done this a long time ago. I changed out the pickups in a Wildkat. The shop I took the guitar to had some issues installing the pickups and Lindy advised that I needed an additional shim. I cannot say enough about Lindy’s customer support. Once the new pickups were in, the shop asked if they could keep the guitar for an extra 2 weeks because everyone in the store loved the sound so much! I play through an original Fender Blues Deluxe or a Clark Beaufort (Deluxe clone). I get compliments on the sound every time I play. I am looking at a new guitar with P-90’s and if I get it I will be buying Lindy’s to replace the stock set.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    *THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE ALNICO POLE P90*

    I was looking for a pickup that had the attack and brilliance similar to that of a Dynasonic or Gibson’s Staple P90 of the mid 1950s. The unique sound of these two pickups are scattered across countless Eddie Cochran, T-Bone Walker and Elvis (post Sun Records) recordings; Scotty Moore’s iconic sound from his years at RCA are the best example of a Gibson Staple P90. On the tonal spectrum the Dynasonic and Staple are nearly identical to each other and fall in between the snap of a Telecaster bridge and the bite of a P90, perhaps slightly closer to the Tele end: this is what I was chasing.

    I ordered and installed Lindy’s AlNiCo pole +5% P90 in the bridge position of a Guild hollowbody and I was NOT disappointed. I believe this pickup is better than both Gretsch’s Dynasonic and Gibson’s Staple. I liked that this pickup lacked the twangy attack the Dynasonics typically have and it is not as scooped in the mid-range as a Staple, harmonically richer as well. The best way I could describe this is pickup is having the attack and clarity of a 50s Broadcaster pickup with the fullness and chime of a 50s P90 played clean. This pickup may not be for everyone because it really resists breaking up. While it has plenty of snarl it will not overdrive like a P90, this is exactly what I wanted – clean and loud. This pickup sounds best with low wattage combos like Tweed style amps. Brownfaced amps can be dialed in to sound excellent with this pickup but my experience proved blackface amps are too clean and, while sounding big, the pickup sounds somewhat sterile because it simply will not begin to growl even with the volume dimed.

    If you put the pickup through a preamp or boost, just pinch the boost a bit, you can get it into snarly P90 ground but with more clarity and definition; it doesn’t compress like a P90. If you use a good tube preamp, a tape delay as a preamp or boost it acts much more like a P90 and cleans up when you bring the guitar’s volume down a little. Overall, this pickup is very responsive to the volume and tone controls on the guitar. I find that a majority of the sweep on the volume control is usable and, if using audio log pots with 22 caps, the tone can be gently brought down to even off the brightness giving you a lot of versatility.

    While I rarely use pedals, this pickup responds excellent with a good overdrive pedal and boost pedals.

    If you like the response of a P90, if you feel Fender’s single coil pickups sound too thin, yet you want the clarity and bell-like tone they offer this is the pickup for you!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Rice (verified owner)

    I put these P-90 pickups in a dual pickup Les Paul Junior. It is my first experience with P-90s. I was extremely pleased with the results. The pickup set arrived quickly. I installed them after applying shielding paint to all the cavities and grounding them. I used two 500k CTS pots and a 22 cap. The P90’s are powerful, clear, and very strong in the midrange but not shrill. There is very little single coil “hiss” and in the “both” pickup selection they are quietly hum bucked.

    These pickups really help my guitar punch through the mix and is a nice blend with the other guitar player in the band as he uses a PRS guitar with standard humbucker pickups. Allows a nice blend where the two guitars are distinct.

    I did have an installation question and called for advice which Lindy provided for me. It was accurate and cleared things up for me. Just a phone call away!! Very excellent service and Fralin makes an excellent product. I’m going to build another dual pickup Les Paul Junior and this time I’m going to try the Fralin humbucking set just to check out the difference, but this P-90 set really has the punch and response I was hoping for. Great product.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    James Caulfield (verified owner)

    Your pickups turned my lowly Epiphone ES-339 into my favorite guitar. I had resigned myself to never finding that sound I was looking for but now my search is over. Amazing tone to die for. The only down side is that I now may have to upgrade the rest of my collection as well. First World problems, I know…

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sonny R. Plil

    Spoke to Lindy after returning a set of pickups that didn’t suit me. He took the time to listen to my subjective babble, then built me a pair of custom wound P-90s that just light up my blackface amps. Incredible range of tone with the two pickups. I’m a 62 year old kid again (at least for a while).

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eric Zouzounis (verified owner)

    One of the best-Excellent P90s!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joshua Self (verified owner)

    Best sounding pickups!
    Replaced some Chinese made P90s with these in a Jazzmaster style guitar and I couldn’t be happier! Great tone, creamy sounding, love them!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pal Bombaci (verified owner)

    Better than advertised!
    Phenomenal! The clarity and output are outstanding, perhaps the best pick ups I’ve purchased! The fit and finish are second to none. Well Done Lindy Fralin, Well done indeed

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Harklerode (verified owner)

    Stock wind P-90 set: Dope tone and snappy attack! I love these pickups.

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