Here is the video Ha, most classical players, if they were told they actually had to improvise something, would promptly have a coronary. But some could, I think, some probably could.
We might end up agreeing. Well it was. Gitman, A gorgeous guitar at a great price - good luck with the sale. I've never said that, check the posts above. But I do think it's more interesting with improvisation, that's all. Hey this is interesting Yes, he has no use of his left hand at this point. Oscar too lost use of his left hand after suffering a stroke, but regained some use. Jarrett is having difficulty with his memory and specifically But that's a different story.
It's still jazz. YOU could choose to not call it jazz which would be kind of elitist of youbut I think it would be more accurate to say it's not "your kind" of Search Titles Only. Thread Tools. This thread isn't about the technical or general differences between PAF-type and P90 pickups, much has been written about that and there are lots of internet sources to reference for those who aren't familiar with each pickup type.
I'm wondering what the apparent tonal differences are between these two pickups in the ES type guitar specifically, and within the setting of jazz [ not blues, not rock etc]. The ES has it's own distinctive voice, whether you prefer that voice or not is a different question.
My question- does the ES sound change significantly by swapping out those a PAF-type for a P90 within the context of jazz, all else staying the same? By most accounts P90's are generally 'darker' sounding in an archtop, but would you know that by listening to a recording? The Jazz Guitar Chord Dictionary. Listen, I have a Gibson I used a Seymore Duncan vintage 90, which is a P90 with the form and fit of the original soap bar pickups of the s and with the same single coil bite of the original Gibson pickups.
I can tell you that the Seymore Duncan Vintage 90 in the neck is balanced pretty well with the original bridge pickup I honestly don't believe there is much difference in tone at all from the original, which means to me that if you put those pickups in your axe, you will be happy with what you get AND the sound will be authentic jazz so that might not be the best side by side test you could get The new pickup sounds like the old neck pickup did and they balance pretty well.
Yes, they are different, but both work very well. Some players find a P90 to give a fatter top string sound than a PAF. To my ears, the P90 sound is a little denser, with more weight, on the top strings, but doesn't have the typical PAF 'airiness' which is part of the PAF charm and is caused by harmonic cancellation between the two coils in a HB pickup. Obviously the P90 will have a clearer sound on the bottom strings, being single coil. Which is 'better'? In this case, it really is a question of personal preference.
The P90 hums of course, but that isn't an issue for most jazz players. Worth noting that HB-sized P90s don't sound the same as real P90s, in case you are tempted. Side-by-side comparisons are v difficult to find, but you could try early vs late Jim Hall as a general guide.One of the reasons for this total difference is P90 pickups are a single coil while humbucker is a two coils system.
The advantages to P90 pickups is they generally have more high end and low end. P90 pickups cover more of the audio spectrum than humbuckers and they also stay a lot cleaner and more precise in terms of their tone. Because of this increased clarity, you can also get away with it being very musical for guitar parts that would normally be done by something like a Stratocaster or Telecaster. P90 pickups have more output than a single coil pick up and because of this they generally sound hotter and have a little bit more bite about them in terms of tone.
This is caused sometimes by dirty power or even something in your signal chain. Much like a Stratocaster pickup, P90s have all the inherent issues with buzz and hum. Another disadvantage of P90 pickups over Humbuckers is they will feedback sooner with higher gain than a humbucker pickup will.
There are a few advantages to Humbucker pickups over single coil pickups as well. These include:. If you are playing a lot of heavier music and hard rock, then lean towards the humbuckers. If this is important to you even over the buzz then the P90 is a great choice for you. Another disadvantage is I have heard a lot of lacklustre humbucker pickups over the years. The less hot the humbucker pickups are, the better the top end will be. There is no right or wrong when it comes to selecting and guitar and pickup combination.
If you play at home or live shows and your Stratocaster buzz drives you crazy, then you might want to give P90 pickups a miss. Humbuckers are a lot less problematic at venues. Humbuckers are a really safe choice even at the extent of not quite having the same mojo of a P Skip to content. Facebook Twitter Instagram.
You might also like.Mixing Single Coil pickups and Humbuckers present a wide array of challenges to the average guitarist. HSS Strats, Telecasters, and other mixed-pickup guitars all have this problem, and most of the time, it goes overlooked by the guitarist.
A single coil is usuallyturns of wire on a single bobbin, whereas humbuckers are two single coils wired in series — a lot more output and a completely different and darker tone. Check out this reference:. Confused on Pot Values? Check out our Volume and Tone Pots Post. Mixing these two in a guitar with a single master volume pot usually means you need to sacrifice something. Do you use a K volume pot for your bridge humbucker and have brighter-sounding single coils, or vice versa? Ask yourself: what position do I play the most?
Do I love the sound of the Strat neck Pickup and only occasionally use the bridge? Or, do I rock out with the bridge humbucker a lot and rarely play the single coils?
Knowing the answer to this question will help you choose the right wind of pickups, and solution that might work best for you. This is our most recommended solution. Choose the most compatible pickup outputs and tone. If you have a guitar with mixed pickups, spending time choosing pickups that work well together in the first place is our most recommended solution.
This may involve using a brighter-sounding or lower-output humbucker to match with your single coils, or getting darker and more powerful single coils to keep up with your humbucker. You can also use pickups that are voiced similar, but with different designs. Split Blades Give you a lot of options here. You could replace your volume pot with a K pot, and you might find that your pickups meet in the middle.
Imagine you had a Telecaster with a Neck humbucker and a Bridge Telecaster bridge pickup. Your guitar has a K volume pot, and your bridge pickup sounds awesome.
Using our Bright Switch mod will help remove the K load on the neck, and brighten it up. Click the link to hear this in a Strat.
The P90 in the neck will see the K volume pot as normal, and the bridge will see a K pot close enough to K for us. There are trade-offs to this solution.
As soon as you click into position 2 Neck and Bridgethe combined resistance will yield a very dark-sounding middle position.
There are other solutions as well, all with trade-offs. You might also consider sacrificing a tone pot and use two volume pots. Will a neck single coil in parallel with a bridge humbucker be hum-cancelling if the polarities differ?By Melanie Griffin Electric Guitars. The cool thing about electric guitars is how much you can change their personality with a single build tweak.
One common thing that gives them the most personality is their pickups — those raised areas of plastic with circles of metal that sit under your strings. Seems pretty simple, right? But those little workman pieces of hardware do much more than you realize to customize your sounding.
Electric instruments get their personality from the tools used to carry their soundwaves to your ears, and since a lot of these tools — including pickups — can be customized with little effort and less money than buying a whole new axe, you can make your same guitar sound completely different with just a few adjustments. Plus you can change your playing attitude without having to give up the hard-won quirks you love about your original instrument.
And there are plenty of tutorials online to guide you through your own reconstruction. In their simplest form, pickups are magnets. The magnets are wrapped with several thousand turns of finely tuned wire made of copper wire which creates a magnetic field.
This process makes pickups into a transducer, a device that translates acoustic waves into electrical signals and then translates those electrical signals back into sound waves. That, in turn, creates a current that the pickup, well, picks up — they then deliver that current to your amp, which broadcasts it as recognizable sound.
You can also use a patch cable to channel the current directly into recording equipment, bypassing open air and capturing the vibrations exclusively from the pickups. Sound complicated? The difference in pickups has to do with the different ways the magnets inside them direct the sound waves they amplify from the strings.
Single coil pickups are the original pickups designed for electric guitars. Their magnets are made of magnetized steel or a magnetic alloy like alnico, neodymium or cobalt. Guitar builders in the s and s started tinkering with electricity to make their instrument be heard over louder ones that were also popular in those days, like drums and horns.
The double coil design is different than humbucker design; double coils are literally just two single coils right next to each other. Bright tone. Single coil pickups are famous for the clarity of tone they can produce.
Since their vibration sensors are not enclosed, they snap the vibration of your guitar strings right up and produce sharp, distinct notes for your playing. Unless you want it to. Using single coil pickups makes it slightly easier to play with effects like distortion and delay.
Humbucker vs Single Coil: Which is Best for You?
You can by any means try these tricks while playing with humbuckers, but you can hear the effects better using single coils.Alnico vs Ceramic pickups, but which sounds better?
We guitarists are an argumentative bunch, and the guitar world is full of opinions and arguments about how to get the best sounds. One controversy that has raged for years is: What exactly IS the difference in sound between ceramic and alnico pickups? You often hear that the sound of a pickup is dominated by the choice of magnet used in its construction.
Alnico is nice and warm and great for blues. Whereas Ceramic is used in metal as it sounds tight, loud and cool. So we often hear.
Same guitar, same strings. Different pickups or different magnets. Now, the real pickup geeks will chirp in and tell us about the different types of Alnico and polepieces used, the wire gauge and type. Then there are the pickup connoisseurs that will start talking about bobbins and spacers.
It revolves around the variances in the design of the humble pickup. Whether you are a single-coil, humbucker or P90 lover, there is something on the market for you these days. Us guitarists are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a new set for our favourite guitar. Funny they say alnico is vintage and natural and ceramic is modern and artificial… ceramic pickups have been around since end of 60s really. Plus whatever is natural or artificial in guitar tone anyway? Sure, they have slightly different frequency ranges, but so have different alnicos compaired to eachother.
Next to bust: nitro lacquer breathing, poly doesnt…. Interesting topic about pickup magnet choice. I can tell you that slight changes in magnets can produce noticeable changes in tone. It was quite easy and really rejuvinated my Humbuckers. But if you want a nice clean tone, go Alnico 5. I have a ceramic neck pickup in my guitar as i found it had a better top end really cut through and a decent amount of mid and lower end.
I prefered it to my alnico slash pickup. But in the bridge some say they are duller and i dont think that is entirely true it may sound like it. But i think its more to do with it being higher output and its driving the lows and mids harder.
Giving the impression of dullness. But for this really i kept the alnico slash bridge. I could probably offset it with the amp or by lowering the bridge pickup maybe or slant it so the mids n bass are lower.
There are some great sounding ceramics in my case mine is actully the better one for blues the top end really sings. More windings covered by the field result in wider frequency response, so the his are in proportion with other frequencies being generated. Thus a warmer or rounded sound. Traditional alnicos have their field stronger thru the long axis and less of the windings are used, thus resulting in a more sharp, hi freq sound.
Reference an alnico tele neck pickup and how thin it sounds with the fewer windings. My opinion, there would not be much difference if we could test ceramic poles versus alnico poles, or ceramic bar versus same size ceramic bar generating the same field pattern.
Alnicos would be stronger, but the main difference in sound characteristic is more the shape and subsequent coil engagement than the substance the magnet is made out of.Hello, looking to purchase my first Gibson Firebird. Despite Murph's well-researched and knowledgeable opinion P90s are fine pickups, which may be why they are still produced by Gibson and various custom pickup manufacturers. Received wisdom; a single coil pickup reproduces more of the harmonic content than a humbucker, which cancels some out while doing it's hum-reducing job.
So P90s have a bite and audible clean-tone sparkle that humbuckers don't quite reproduce. If you don't already have a guitar with P90s then consider the But you really must play both.
Before Gibson adopted the Seth Lover-designed humbucker aroundP90s were standard for Gibson electrics. P90s worked fine in that situation.
If you play loud and distorted enough you probably won't mind the hum, especially if you have some sort of noise gate in your chain. To me, the humbuckers are more a stock option Agree, try each guitar out.P90 Pickups vs Humbucker Pickups
That said, a proper Firebird with Mini Humbuckers are, well, Firebirds Anything else is a Franken-Guitar Most people who play P90s exclusively for a year, can't go back to any other kind of pickup because they just sound dull.
I got rid of my only P guitar, but not because of the pickups. Everyone has their preferences, but I never cared for the P sound.
My first two electric guitars had them, and the second one I went so far as to have the top routed out and Humbuckers installed. The traditional Firebird tone comes from the mini-humbuckers, the P is a variant on that. P's are too noisy. I love mine. It's personal preference. Personall I never liked them bumhuckers. IMO P90's are what humbuckers should have been. P90's have a very wide usable tone range, the tone control actually does something. Typically they are very hot having twice as many windings as other pickups, for noise reduction you can back off the volume a bit and still get a great sound.
They get a great jazzy sound or bluesy, but turn em up and they scream like banshees, with half the amount of overdrive that humbuckings take. In addition there have been a lot of advancements made with them since they were introduced on the Les Paul in the early 50's.
For quite a while now I have been a born again convert to the P90 church Thank you all for your opinions.By Danny Trent Guitar Accessories. There is a whole list of significant differences between the P90 pickup and a humbucker pickup, not in only in how they are physically built, but also in the sound that their produce.
A P90 pickup provides users with a sound that sounds a bit like a single-coil pickup, a little bit like a humbucker pickup, with a vintage low output sound thrown into the mix. A lot of famous guitars, like the Les Paul humbucker pickup or the Strat single-coil depend upon these two types of pickups to produce their sound. Fun fact about the P90 pickup: the P90 pickup pairs exceptionally well with semi-hollow guitars that are in need of a full-bodied, bright tone!
There are several different versions of P90 pickups on the market, but all of these pickups sport a similar tone and have different shaping to their bodies.
Here are the three different types of P90 pickups:. Humbucker casing : This is comparable to the standard humbucker design, as these P90s are a little thinner and longer than your traditional humbucker would be.
Dog ear: The dog ear pickup has a comparable design to the soap bar, as the dog-ear pickup also has a rectangular shape.
But with the dog ear pickup, the mounting screws are located on a triangular extension on each end of the pickup. This may require some modification on your guitar, as dog ear pickups with a hook into your pickguard. Humbucking pickups are going to be an excellent choice for you if you are someone who is looking for a pickup that will:. Single coil pickups are a magnet wound with wire, which turns them into incredibly sensitive antennas that are very sensitive to electromagnetic interference.
However, humbucker pickups are created with two coils rather than one singular coil. Having two coils cancels out electric hums and other external noises that are often associated with single-coil pickups, while also managing to leave the signal from the strings intact.
But, how does a humbucker pickup solve all of the problems that come with a single-coil pickup? By using two coils that produce a signal instead of just relying on one coil to do all of the work! The two coils that come with the humbucker pickup have opposite polarities and windings; this arrangement of the coils creates cancellation of any unwanted electromagnetic interference.
This special arrangement of the two coils also improves the overall quality and output level of the signal, while also increasing the length of your sustains and an increasingly dynamic range. The geometry of the configuration of the coils, as well as the arrangement of the magnets, is entirely different too. Due to the differentiation in the setup of the coils and magnets, users will be able to hear differences in tonal qualities.
With the configuration of the humbucker pickup, you will be able to see a single bar magnet that is located under the two coils; this setup will give users a sound that is less dirty and gritty sounding in comparison to the P Humbucker pickups also provide users with an incredibly powerful overdrive, but at the same time, also can deliver loud, clean tones.
Generally speaking, a humbucker pickup is going to provide you with more versatility across a large selection of genres. Seymour Duncan is famous for producing some of the best pickups that are available on the market today. You will be able to find Seymour Duncan pickups on guitars across Fender, Ibanez, Gibson, and other famous guitar brands!
P90 vs Humbucker: The Ultimate Pickup Showdown
However, the biggest downside of this pickup is that does have a bit of a muddier sound than your classic P Check out the latest price! However, this pickup does have a higher output than a lot of other single coil pickups, which is what makes the gravel voice of the midrange so easy to tell apart. The Seymour Duncan P90 has the traditional soap bar design, which will allow this pickup to comfortably fit into a guitar that accepts any classic P90 pickup.