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7 hours ago, rugby1970 said:

Is it possible to replace P-90's on a Special with traditional humbuckers without greatly modifying the guitar? Thanks.

It's a mucho different rout. Try a set of Mojotone '56 Quiet Coil pickups instead. Thank me later.

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^ This. I've twice put Dimarzio DLX Plus duets in mahogany set-necks and was VERY pleased with the results. Zero alterations or mods to make it happen. Here's one of them, an intensive 70s Deluxe restoration me and HEL Shannon did.

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On 11/24/2022 at 9:39 AM, Jeff R said:

^ This. I've twice put Dimarzio DLX Plus duets in mahogany set-necks and was VERY pleased with the results. Zero alterations or mods to make it happen. Here's one of them, an intensive 70s Deluxe restoration me and HEL Shannon did.

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I like that these basically keep the look too. 

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On 11/25/2022 at 12:11 PM, hamerhead said:

You could do this:

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I have been considering doing this with my Hamer Artist with P90s, but I thought everybody would try to stop me because it is the 3 P90 model, and I think it is a rare bird.  I figured that I could scratch my mini-hum itch with an Eclipse.  

Anyway, what brand of mini-humbucker do you recommend?

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That was my gigging guitar for quite a while. I went thru a ton of pickups (those pictured are Gibsons IIRC but I tried Dimarzios, Duncans, etc), eventually landing on GFS minis that not only sounded great but are cheapcheapcheap.

3 P90 Artist? I'd put a set of Josh's Firebird pickups in there and never look back.

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On 12/3/2022 at 2:40 PM, hamerhead said:

That was my gigging guitar for quite a while. I went thru a ton of pickups (those pictured are Gibsons IIRC but I tried Dimarzios, Duncans, etc), eventually landing on GFS minis that not only sounded great but are cheapcheapcheap.

3 P90 Artist? I'd put a set of Josh's Firebird pickups in there and never look back.

I had some GFS noiseless singles in a partcaster and they sounded great.  The bridge/middle really evoked the Knopfler thing quite well. 

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On 12/3/2022 at 2:40 PM, hamerhead said:

eventually landing on GFS minis that not only sounded great but are cheapcheapcheap.

Hey, Hamerhead:  Out of curiosity, which flavor of GFS minis did you install--'59, Fat, or Crunchy?

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On 12/3/2022 at 2:40 PM, hamerhead said:

That was my gigging guitar for quite a while. I went thru a ton of pickups (those pictured are Gibsons IIRC but I tried Dimarzios, Duncans, etc), eventually landing on GFS minis that not only sounded great but are cheapcheapcheap.

3 P90 Artist? I'd put a set of Josh's Firebird pickups in there and never look back.

+1 on the GFS Minis ... I have several sets and they are def. my favorite minis that I've ever used ...

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