10 Humbucker-Sized P-90s You Should Try
10 Humbucker-Sized P-90s You Should Try

Put that router away and say hello to brighter, grittier tone with these drop-in, humbucker-sized single-coils.

Transforming a guitar’s sound with a new set of pickups is exciting, but it’s not always easily doable without routing. We’ve assembled 10 options designed to serve up delicious P-90 tone, but sized to slip right into your humbucker-routed guitar.

H90 Standard

These low-wind pickups offer snappy and brighter single-coil tones for those in need of more chime and less power, and can be ordered with custom wood tops.

PORTER
$130

P90 – Humbucker

Boasting clear lows, thick mids, and percussive highs, this vintage-voiced P-90 was designed for versatility, clarity, and snarly midrange, and is available in a number of finishes.

FRALIN PICKUPS
$129

Dream 90

These P-90s are reported to provide fat, warm-yet-crunchy body, and can offer full humbucking performance when both pickups are selected, because the neck pickup is reverse wound.

GFS Pickups
$29

Heavy House P94

Based on the company’s House Special P-90, this pickup brings all the power and tone of a true P-90 but in a humbucker package—measuring 7.4k for the neck and 7.8k for the bridge.

HOUSE OF TONE
$129

Humbucker Sized P-90

A faithful recreation of a vintage P-90, these pickups feature spec plain enamel wire, alnico 4 magnets for the neck for clear and fat sounds, and alnico 5s for the bridge for bite and grind.

MOJOTONE
$99

Pro-90

For those chasing authentic tone, these pickups duplicate the construction, materials, and growl of a vintage ’50s-era P-90 by using the company’s proprietary Vintage Core specifications.

THROBAK
$215

Hum-90

Housing alnico 2, 4 , or 5 magnets and 43AWG coil wound around its humbucker-sized P-90 bobbins, these pickups are said to offer single-coil tones with clarity, presence, and a defined voice.

THE CREAMERY
$115

Fat Bastard

These single-coils are designed to offer plenty of crunch by capturing the classic P-90 tone of the 1950s with “a little South Texas funk” thrown in.

RIO GRANDE PICKUPS
$148

V-90

Regardless of your style, these degaussed alnico 5 pickups were made to be touch sensitive, respond well to pick attack, and provide tight lows, grinding mids, and singing highs.

REVEL
$130

Phat Cat

Constructed to serve up the cut and edge of a classic P-90, these handbuilt pickups utilize a pair of alnico 2 magnets for more sustain and a compressed attack, and vacuum wax potting for squeal-free operation.

SEYMOUR DUNCAN
$89

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