P90s to full size humbuckers

Discussion in 'Epiphone Guitars' started by Brewser, Mar 14, 2021.

  1. IGRocker

    IGRocker Well-Known Member

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    This is not a rare guitar. It’s a basic bolt on neck Special. At most, it’s a $200 guitar, perfect for modding and learning!
     
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  2. Brewser

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    Pickups are supposed to be here today, and mounting rings have been ordered.
     
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    Good luck with your modding, and I hope you get what you are searching for! :)
     
  4. Brewser

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    Pickups arrived today. Real nice, with the plastic still on the covers, and screws & springs. I think the mounting rings are stuck in a Midwest snowstorm...

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    Hope you like them! I really enjoyed the set I had, the Parsons Street models. I gave them to a buddy and wound up installed a set of Wizz pickups.
     
  6. Brewser

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    I like 'em a lot, and used them in a Gibson Moderne replica I built a few years ago. They're not wax potted, which I think makes them sound a little brighter & livelier.

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  7. Robert Smith

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    DUH! and for $120 you can get a Special II with hummers
     
  8. Brewser

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    Laid out the routing guides today; it won't take much at all.

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  9. Brewser

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    Routed today, and glued in some corners for ring mounting:

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  10. Brewser

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    Done! The hardest part was having to sand down the bridge mounting ring; it was about 3/8" tall in the back, way too tall for the location on this model. The pickups sound great, more "airy" and clear than the P90s; a nice sound to have available.
    I'm on the fence about the pickguard I made; it's just stuck on with double stick Scotch tape while I think about it. I liked it with the P90s, but maybe not so much with the humbuckers. What do you guys think?

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    For me without but then I kinda prefer clean looks in Gibson and Epiphones so I tend to remove mine.

    This was a fun journey wasn't it and I don't think many others quite understood that as being the whole point. For some of us it is the journey even more so than the destination.

    The build out and mods are half the fun.
     
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  12. Brewser

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    I couldn't agree more soulman969; I've used that phrase about the journey throughout my life. I've spent the last 10 years or so building kits, building from scratch and modding guitars. Once in a while I buy a brand new, big name guitar, and I eventually sell it to buy another something I can play with. Well, I do have a '64 Gibson SG Junior and a 2015 Fender American Standard Strat, but.....
    I've been playing this thing non-stop since I posted this, and I can tell you it was absolutely worth the effort; this guitar kicks a$$. All mahogany, lightweight, and humbucker power.
     
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    Super clean. nice work!
    but. I would've kept the p90 vibe. TV yellow slab body jr???... My eyes want to see the pick guard and p90's.
     
  14. BuddyHollywood

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    At first I was thinking "NOOO don't lose the P90s!" Then as the story progressed I started understanding your perspective and admiring your pictures. You did a great job on this guitar and now you made yourself a musician's tool that you like better than it was before. I liked it with the pickguard when the P90s were in it. I think I would like it better with no pickguard now that the humbuckers are in it.
     
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  15. Brewser

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    Since my plan was to make it something like a Gibson LP Special SL, I've decided to leave the pickguard off like they did. I'm absolutely loving the humbuckers. All my other guitars, other than a Fender Strat, have some type of P90, so this is a fun one to have in the mix.

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    Do you find them similar? Oh yes, humbuckers! :D
     
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    :rofl:
     
  18. Brewser

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    No guitar snobbery here, just having fun converting an inexpensive, no veneer, all-mahogany Epi into something considerably better. All USA controls, tuners & pickups; not more than $300 total, and light as a feather. Love it.

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    Just a follow up on this build. Of all my current guitars ('64 Gibson SG Jr., American Standard Strat, Squier Jaguar and my own design AstroCaster with Lollar P90's) this guitar blows them all away for pickup output & sustain. It's the guitar I grab first if I really want to jam. I can't recommend these StewMac Parsons Street humbuckers enough, and I think I got lucky getting an all mahogany LP Special from MF.

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    I once did this on a 70’s Norlin Gibson some years back.


    I still regret it.
     
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