Create your own custom P90

Create your own custom P90

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 Please note that there will be P90 sized pickups 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.



This selection is to choose your P90 type. Soapbar and Dog ear P90s are exactly the same pickups except for their mounting hardware and covers. This selection will determine what other options are available.



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.

Here's a short summary to help you choose which alnico grade is right for you -
Strength of magnets (weakest to strongest): alnico 3, alnico 2, alnico 4, alnico 5, alnico 8, ceramic 8
The stronger the magnet, the more output it will contribute to your pickup.
Roughcast and unorientated magnets will be subtlety less powerful than their standard counterparts and will have a slightly softened treble response. The large ceramic magnet will provide even more of all the attributes of the standard sized version.
Alnico 2: The vintage magnet. Popular in low output winds because of the full, sweet tone it gives. This contributes a large amount of mid range. It has a soft and musical treble response, and a bouncy, loose bass response. Perfect for anything clean or low gain. 
Alnico 3: The lowest level of output, pretty balanced and a bit sharper than Alnico 2. Tonally similar.
Alnico 4: The PAF magnet. The magnet found more frequently in the fabled PAF era humbuckers. This magnet sits tonally between alnico 2 and 5.
Alnico 5: The most popular magnet. This magnet is found in most non-budget humbuckers. It has a very tight bass response and sharp treble. It is at home in high output winds as it can contribute more treble lost in the overwinding of the coils. The precision and articulation this magnet brings to a humbucker allows it to excel in high gain applications. Also popular in low output winds where a scooped mid is desired. 
Alnico 8: Alnico 2 on steroids. The highest output alnico grade. Maintains the alnico sweetness, but combines it with the power of ceramic. EQ wise this is just like alnico 2, with a very present mid range. However, unlike alnico 2, alnico 8 has a tight bass and treble response. Frankly it has lots of everything.
Ceramic: The most powerful magnet. This magnet is used almost exclusively in high gain applications because of it's razor sharp treble. It has superb articulation and responsivity, making it perfect when lots of gain is used. The overwinding of high output pickups causes lots of treble loss, so the high level of treble of ceramic magnets puts back what is lost. The treble is often overbearing and too sharp in clean or low gain applications. 

Wind resistance

This is the selection of the wind amount.

Please note the maximum resistance capability for the wire gauges is as follows -

41 AWG - 5.2k

42 AWG - 10k (8.5k for heavy formvar)

43 AWG - 15k

44 AWG - 20k

45 AWG - 25k


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). 


Wire type

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. 


String spacing

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.