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Seymour Duncan SEYMOUR DUNCAN PHAT CAT PICKUP SET NICKEL COVER
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The traditional P-90 has a sound that is more powerful than a single coil, but is cleaner and clearer than a humbucker. However, the physical shape o...Click To Read More About This Product
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More sustain and softer attack that still provides big, fat tone.
The traditional P-90 has a sound that is more powerful than a single coil, but is cleaner and clearer than a humbucker. However, the physical shape of a P-90 makes it so it won™t fit in most guitars without modification. The Phat Cat Set solves this, by putting a traditional P-90 under a humbucker cover so more people could access the beefed-up single-coil sound. In this set, the bridge pickup is RW/RP so it cancels hum when both pickups are used together.
Originally developed in the Custom Shop for Hamer Guitars, a Phat Cat is an actual single-coil P-90 Soapbar that fits under a humbucker cover and drops into humbucker-equipped guitars. The tone is big and fat, er, phat. It uses two Alnico 2 magnets for more sustain and softer attack. Also, the metal covers provide more shielding and noise reduction than standard soapbar covers. Comes with single-conductor hookup cable.
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- Authentic P90 Sound
- Excellent tone
Comments about SEYMOUR DUNCAN PHAT CAT PICKUP SET NICKEL COVER:
I put this set into a Gibson Goddess SG, replacing the original clear bobbin 490R/498T set, which sounded a bit harsh in this, very bright sounding (ebony fretboard), SG. I've always been a fan of P90s, and while the Phat Cats may not be an exact sonic replica of a Gibson P90, they do an excellent job of mimicking that sound in a humbucker-sized pickup. I found both single notes and chords to be full sounding, but never muddy. Whether I was playing through a completely clean Fender Deluxe Reverb, using overdrive or distortion pedals, or playing through the lead channel of a high gain amp, the pickups sounded great.
Here's the only knock. With certain amps and in some venues, the pickups are very noisy, though probably less so than an original Gibson P90. This is obviously a problem with just about any single coil. But, after about 5 years in my SG, if finally made a decision to get rid of them and switch to a noiseless pickup (with mixed results).
If you don't care about noise and want to convert a humbucker equipped guitar to P90s, this is the pickup for you, hands down (and I'm not usually a fan of SD pickups). On the other hand, there are many noiseless options out there these days. The benefits of hum cancellation, to me, probably outweigh small difference in tone you might get between these pickups and some others. I'm giving it 4 stars because of the noise issue, though maybe they deserve a full 5 star treatment since their only issue is inherent to the single-coil design, itself. I just didn't feel right giving 5 stars to a product I wound up discarding.
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