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P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:42 pm
by rsfc
I am just getting back into guitar after a long break. I've always wanted to try P90s out. I'm considering a LP but I'm a bit nervous that as my only guitar, maybe humbuckers are a better choice. I've noticed sometimes P90s seem to get muddy with too much distortion. Thoughts? And yes I realize Iommi and Anderson have used P90s for doing sounds but I want more opinions.

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:59 pm
by systemofameow
The guitarist in this noisy punk thing I used to be in had p90s in his Eastwood Mosrite knockoff. Had a pretty sizeable board but his sound never seemed to get too muddy with them. Also for what it's worth Steve Von Till from Neurosis is a huge fan of p90s and I wouldn't characterize his sound as muddy at all.

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:04 pm
by waltdogg
p90s aren't so much muddy played with downtuned strings and lots of distortion as they are mid-rangy i've noticed. which is perfect for cutting through the mix if you don't mind a somewhat "dry" tone i guess to say for lack of a better word. it's not a nasally mid range but a growling one.

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:26 am
by Corey Y
I've used P90s for doom/sludge, a crossover thrash type band, punk and surf rock. If they're decent quality pickups on a good guitar, you can dial in pretty much everything else to work, I think. I think it's worth having one single coil and one humbucker guitar though, in general. It covers enough ground tonally. You can also get humbucker sized P90s, so you could always buy a humbucker guitar, try P90s out and swap back if you don't like it.

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:19 am
by benjuro
Corey Y wrote: You can also get humbucker sized P90s, so you could always buy a humbucker guitar, try P90s out and swap back if you don't like it.


This.

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:11 pm
by More_Divebombs
P90s can do everything.

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:31 am
by mulekicker
Yep

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:22 pm
by OldGeorge
More_Divebombs wrote:P90s can do everything.

+1 I'll never buy another SG without them

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:51 am
by waltdogg
i love my hamer double cutaway lp jr. with a single p-90.

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:30 am
by Stamnes
I've got a Zombie Dust Doomster P-90 and it's quite lovely.

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:29 pm
by aen
Pfft, no worries, mate.
For a while I was doing all my evil-est stuff with p90s.
https://theronaldraygun.bandcamp.com/track/revenge
https://theronaldraygun.bandcamp.com/tr ... ters-waltz

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:49 am
by Bone92
Bongripper uses P90s.

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:37 pm
by Krosis
P90s are great you just might have to use different settings on your amp or pedals than you might with a humbucker guitar.

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:41 am
by Bassist_Diver
P90s seem a little stubby for doom. You should go with something more heavy like a SCAR

Re: P90s usable as only guitar for doom?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:02 am
by fcknoise
waltdogg wrote:i love my hamer double cutaway lp jr. with a single p-90.


Double cutaway LP jr with p90s = exactly what I need in my life :love: