Please note that there will be humbucker sized P90s that we can build that are not covered by our options, so if you have something in mind that you can't spec out in the options, please contact us directly (see 'Contact us' page at bottom of website) to see if we can make it for you.
Single magnet P90s are possible. These combine some humbucker clarity under high gain by smoothing out the spiky EQ of a P90 with the normal P90 character. Choose 'none' on magnet 1 selection.
This is the selection of the wind amount.
Please note the maximum resistance capability for the wire gauges is as follows -
41 AWG - 4.5k
42 AWG - 9k (8k for heavy formvar)
43 AWG - 13.5k
44 AWG - 18k
45 AWG - 22.5k
The resistance is not a definitive indication of output, but is rather an indication of the EQ of the pickup (in conjunction with other factors, primarily the magnet). The relationship of resistance to wire gauge is as a general rule of thumb, going up a wire gauge will add 25% extra resistance for the same output level (eg 8k of 42 AWG is approximately equal to 10k of 43 AWG).
This selection is for the wire gauge and insulation. A lower number AWG is a thicker wire, which retains a higher treble content than an equal output of a thinner wire. Thinner wire is physically required to reach higher output levels, as there is often not enough room on the bobbins to reach high levels of output with thick wire.
The wire insulation has a more subtle effect. In order of brightest to darkest - heavy formvar, poly, plain enamel. Heavy formvar insulation is the thickest, leaving a larger area between the copper core of the wire winds, reducing treble attenuating capacitance.
Pole piece type
The pole piece type will have an effect on tone. Long hex headed screws and fillister screws will be tonally identical, the shorter hex screws will have a tighter bass and a sharper treble response.
50mm spacing is for neck position, 52mm is for bridge position. These are universal fit and will align closely enough to the strings that there will be no tonal degradation, regardless of string spacing.
This is primarily a cosmetic option, but for a few small considerations. Closed covers will not allow the poles to be adjusted up and downwards. Open covers have slightly less metallic mass, resulting in a subtly brighter pickup.
There is no cosmetic different between the materials of the cover, you cannot see the material underneath the plating. Brass covers result in a darker pickup than their nickel silver counterparts.