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pickup numbering question?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 7:10 pm
by podunk_phill
Can anyone help in the understanding the difference between lests asy a p64 or p90 or anything inbetween? what does the ending number of the p represent?
thanks
Phill

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:16 am
by bigdaddy
I ain't heard of a P46. Maybe it's almost half of a P90? If it's a single pickup on a guitar then play it. If it's a humbuker on that guitar, well, play it too.

RE: pickup numbering question?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 4:52 am
by mickeypainless
Does it have to do w/ how many wraps of wire?
Where's Ricochet for these questions?!?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 5:51 pm
by ricochet
I have no idea what a P46 is. As for P90, that's just a name Gibson came up with when they brought out the design in the 1940s. My guess is, they built a bunch of pickup models designated with a P and a number, and the P90 was the 90th one they got to. Kinda like WD40, the 40th recipe tried for a water displacing oil. Presumably Chanel No. 5 was named similarly, as there are other Chanel perfume numbers. Dunno about Grecian Formula #9, and Preparations A through G are dubious.

Since P90s have again become popular, there have been a lot of pickups made with names intended to sound similar, or to suggest that they're a step up from a P90, like P100. Dunno about the P46. I think a P90's hard to improve on.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 4:05 pm
by blues power
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Feb-14-06 AT 11:07 AM (EST)]yeah, i dont think theres any ryhym or reason to it.

They also have HB style P94's that are humbucker size but are SC's design which supposely sound like a P-90. SD calls then Phat cats and lindey fralin has another name. Dimarzio calls them Bluesbuckers.
its all the same crappolla. lol

P100's i think are stacked SC,s to give HB tone. (i think)

BTW I love the tone of P-90's

I never heard of a P46 either

RE: pickup numbering question?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:54 pm
by ricochet
P40s and P51s sound great!

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:02 pm
by trguitar
Hey! When were those PU's invented? Didn't they make a bunch of stuff post WWII to look space aged and be like jet fighters and stuff? You know, kitchen appliances that looked like jet fighters .... blenders and toasters with that aerodynamic look. Maybe they did want the pickups to sound like a jet fighter? Fender made a Mustang.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:08 pm
by ricochet
Yep. Gibson brought out the P90 in the late '40s. About the time the P80 became known as the F80 instead. Not too long before Ford changed the name of their F1 pickup to the F100.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 11:51 pm
by tot_ou_tard
If they were invented in the 70s they would have avocado green or burnt orange covers and be called Z90s.

Allan

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:37 am
by slideshowbob
p 40's & p51's .. is a p-40 a Curtis ? i'm a p-47 man myself.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 3:38 am
by rustyslide
>P40s and P51s sound great!
>
>"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

I like the sound of the Double Wasp myself (engine in the Hellcat and Corsair, among others).

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 4:30 am
by slideshowbob
i believe the p-47 had the double wasp as well! ... but hey we're talking piston engined guitar pick ups... kinda noisy.... so ya gotta go with the gallery favorite... the 262! whisper quiet .

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:05 am
by ricochet
Yeah, the P-40 was a Curtiss product. Went through more different models than any other warbird I can think of, with several different engines, most being Allison V1710s of one sort or another.

The R-2800 in the P-47 has some added "harmonics" from the turbo.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."