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gdw3



LA-la-land, CA

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May 11th, 2015 01:01 PM        

I'm considering putting a P-Rail in the neck position of my Les Paul, to try to get some more variety of tones. I like the guitar, but I am often left a little flat after playing it for a while. It has Burstbuckers in there now. Anybody have experience with these pickups?



neilp

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May 11th, 2015 06:04 PM        

One of my Tele Custom FMT HHs (say that in a hurry) has these in it. Strangely I had an idea to buy one and put some P-Rails into it. While looking on ebay I saw an FMT HH with P-Rails pickups already installed. Well that was serendipitous so I bought it.<br /> <br /> I have not used it all that much as it is used as my second guitar to take to gigs and stays in open tuning. It gets used for 2 or 3 songs a gig. In fact I've been planning to use another guitar in that role so that I can get a better feel for the pups. But I do like them, they do have three distinct sounds. Now how close they get to a regular single coil, P90 and humbucker I really wouldn't say. In fact I think compared to my Gibson P90 equipped Midtown I'd say not that close... but the Gibson is a semi-hollow so that probably changes things. Always hard to compare. The P-Rails do have a nice growl though.<br /> <br /> I probably haven't helped at all have I?



gdw3



LA-la-land, CA

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May 11th, 2015 06:16 PM        

I thought it was a very lovely story. :)



gdw3



LA-la-land, CA

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May 26th, 2015 02:31 PM        

EDITED: No one else?



neilp

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May 26th, 2015 02:53 PM        

I don't count? : -(



Peegoo

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May 26th, 2015 03:26 PM        

No! Go to your room! haha I keed! I keed!<br /> <br /> I don't have this pickup in any of my guitars. I've installed a few of 'em for customers, and they do offer up tonal variations not available from a typical splittable dual-coil pickup. <br /> <br /> The P90 tone sounds good, but it's not quite a P90 tone, because a P90's coil (the ends of it) extends a bit farther out from the E strings than a standard-size humbucker package. <br /> <br /> The single coil sounds good, but it doesn't sound like a Strat's neck pickup or bridge pickup. It's sort of like expecting a split humbucker to sound precisely Strat-like: it really cannot do that because of the magnetic pull on the strings 3/4" away from the operating coil. That does matter (among other differences).<br /> <br /> In series, the coils buck the hum and sound pretty good. They're made by Seymour, and there are no bad-sounding pickups in his catalog. I have a bunch of his pickups in my guitars.<br /> <br /> But remember these P-Rails are a hybrid pickup and because of that, it can't cop the actual vibe of the three pickups it purports to emulate; it does get close. However there's always a compromise when you try to do a lot of things at once.<br /> <br /> This is not bad news though. <br /> <br /> If you're looking for real tonal versatility in one guitar--the P-Rails is a pickup that will deliver it in spades.



gdw3



LA-la-land, CA

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May 27th, 2015 12:01 PM        

I kinda figured it wouldn't be a true P90 sound. I'm just looking for something with more life for my neck position.



Peegoo

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May 27th, 2015 04:33 PM        

Well, they'll certainly do it. Dnncan pickups are plenty musical.



rmcfee



Fredericton, Canada

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Dec 21st, 2015 10:16 AM        

I recently installed a pair for a customer with mini toggles for mode selection. It gives loads of combinations and they all sound very good. <br /> The individual tones are excellent too. I was skeptical but very surprised how good the P-90 tones were, especially on the neck position. <br /> The humbucker tones were great and sounded medium hot but still bright. Great for Van Halen I thought but also great clean.<br /> The single coil tones were the least impressive to me on their own but in combo with the other pup yielded great sounds. <br /> If I had any money I would buy a set.



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