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Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat Nickel Neck

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A Phat Cat is an actual single-coil P-90 Soapbar guitar pickup that fits under a humbucker guitar pickup cover and drops into humbucker-equipped guit...Click To Read More About This Product

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Add P-90 sound to your humbucker-equipped axe.

A Phat Cat is an actual single-coil P-90 Soapbar guitar pickup that fits under a humbucker guitar pickup 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.


Looking for new tones for inspiration? The Phat Cat is your ticket. Order now.

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Seymour DuncanSPH90-1n Phat Cat
 
5.0

(based on 12 reviews)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just the ticket

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat:

I earn my living playing music. Tele's have been my weapon of choice for years, and they still are, naturally because of the bridge pickup. I never imagined any other pickup than a single coil Tele could produce a good country-rock/blues tone. The Phat Cats do that and more. They can go from sparkling cleans, with meaty bottom end, to excellent crunch and distortion. The neck pickup is bluesy as any Strat or LP humbucker. Both pickups together sound close to a 2nd 0r 4th switch-position Strat. Easy to install, quiet as a mouse with good shielding, and I play through a Blues Deville w/four 10's..a match made in guitar heaven. A full, clear sound, equally distributed across all 6 strings.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Phat Phat Phat

Comments about Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat:

Using this pickup in the neck position of a PRS Mira (24 fret, slim all mahogany construction, similar to a SG) along with a SD Custom Custom in the bridge. Tone is very warm and very fat, fat, fat as advertised. Nice warm clean tones and overdriven and distorted still maintains clarity. Almost like a regular PAF style humbucker but with the added spank and clarity of a single coil. At first too warm and phat but I went down to a .01 tone cap instead of a .022 and that made things a lot better (left volume and tone pots at 500K). Always remember you need to play with the pickup heights and possibly even change your electronic control values to get the best out of any pickup.
For now this pickup is staying and may never be swapped out. Awesome alternative to your standard humbuckers.
P90 style pickup in a humbucker sized form factor. Single conductor (braided shield over the hot wire). Nickel cover.
Solid made in the USA construction.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It does the job!

By Phat Man in Eureka

from Eureka, California

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Comments about Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat:

This is the third time I have added a phat cat to and extisiting guitar and the results have been perfect every time. It just brings the guitar to life, it's never muddy and always quite warm. A nice, mostly P90 sound with a hint of humbucker and prefered softened attack when playing finger style. I use it mostly for solo jazz and finger style but it cuts well, yet full in a band situation. I now have the phat cat in two hollow archtops and a semi-hollow. Woody, earthy sound as I'm a sans-fx purist. Buy it. Be happy.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

That's one FAT Phat Cat!

By Fat Al Johnson

from Ann Arbor, MI

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Comments about Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat:

I installed this beauty in the neck position of my Epi Les Paul Classic. The tone is awesome! The output is hot. It's very strong in the midrange and cuts through the mud. The depth of the tone defies description other than to say - Whoa! I could see this pickup being an asset in any position. Dig in!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE BEST P-90 sound you'll get

By Tulsaslim

from tulsa, ok

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Comments about Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat:

Like the previous reviewer I'm getting ready to install my 3rd set of Phat Cats-this time on a tele. My first two went on a Les Paul and a Dot.I've already got humbucker-sized P-90s on the tele (another brand) but they don't come close to what the Phat Cats do.Don't skimp on 'other' brands. What you pay for the Phat Cats is what you get- the best P-90 sound there is, IMO.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pickup, great price.

By Gut Plucker

from ATL

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat:

      Absolutely fantastic sounding pickup. I installed this on my 2012 Blacktop Jaguar because the neck pickup was just way to dark and muddy. I wanted something that was brighter, yet still smooth and warm all while retaining that fat bottom end. This pickup delivers 100%! Amazingly warm and clear but with a growl that only a P-90 can deliver. I was skeptical because seemingly no one has anything bad to say about this pickup, and now I see why; there is nothing bad to say about this pickup.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The real deal

      By SevR

      from Royal Oak, MI

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat:

      I am not at all as experienced as some of the other reviewers regarding specific vintage sound of "those great old pickups". I actually got the neck Phat to replace an active SD in a Schecter C1FR. I didn't even change the volume pot yet but I'm already in love with the sound and thinking about getting the bridge one too. The output is pretty high, you can practically get any sound you'd like, depending on guitar/gear. It's all true guys, this thing is PHAT!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Phat is King!

      By kp95t3

      from Kansas City, Missouri

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat:

      Unbelievable! I just dropped a set of these in a Michael Kelly Deuce and I have a whole new sound. Rich, Warm & PHAT!!! Any Blues Guitarist will love these pickups. Great for Rockabilly and Classic Rock as well. Seymour Duncan, you have outdone yourself again.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Get it

      By Bfoot

      from Vancouver

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat:

      Get this pup. Either get the set or this for the neck and your favorite humbucker for the bridge. This thing has epic tone. Check out the demos on youtube. I have humbuckers in the neck for my jazz guitars but in my opinion for any other style a humbucker in the neck is just too smooth. This is the solution. It sounds rock and blues but not in a fenderish way, more like a gibsonish way. Great sound I highly recommend it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Helloo Kitty!

      By Steve

      from Alabama

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          Comments about Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat:

          I put this in the bridge position of a stock HSS style Charvette to keep it from living in the closet. Now it is turning headstocks living among the major name-brand guitars as it puts out some chunky blues tones and a nice helping of twang. It turned a lackluster guitar into a prized possession.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Returned This

          By Gary

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          Comments about Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat:

          I returned this when I learned that it was back ordered for a month, but I could get it as a set, which is what I really needed. Great sounding pickup in my Epi RS335 DOT. Great Customer Service at MF help make it all happen.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Phat tone

          By Negativearth

          from St. Louis, MO

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            • Backup
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            Comments about Seymour Duncan SPH90-1n Phat Cat:

            Bought this pickup for the neck position of a Telecaster that originally had a Fender humbucker in it. This guitar is strung with 12-56 strings and tuned down to standard C. The humbucker sounded dead and flat with this setup, presumably because of the thick strings and lower frequency altogether. The Phat Cat is much louder than the Fender humbucker, and actually trumps the skinny Dimarzio Super distortion in the bridge. I have the Phat Cat set quite a bit farther away from the strings than the Dimarzio.
            I usually play a Blacktop Jazzmaster and was trying to get something close to that neck pickup sound that was a direct drop-in; the Phat Cat is bassier and a bit louder, but the Jazzmaster cuts more with highs and slightly more mids. Alas, these are two different guitars, just trying to set a point of reference for everyone. Overall it is a great pickup so far.

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