P-90's


The P90 format provides opportunities for some great variations as well as some very traditional tone. Our Unicorn and Werewolf designs provide two of the most traditional flavours while our Retro-90's and the Wraith offer some very distinct alternatives.

Humbucker Sized P90's

There have been attempts to make humbucker sized P90's for around 30 years. The technical issues involved have resulted in some killer pickups but few, if any, that really sounded like a P90.

Thanks to a very simple idea (that it took me 3 years to think of) Gemini Pickups now has humbucker sized P90's available that sound exactly how they should. The key problem is that a P90 coil extends up to 12.7mm from the core and is shallow. Fitting into a humbucker format, there is only 7mm available at the ends. Gemini P90H's use a butterfly design bobbin. Under the strings, the coil is the traditional shallow, wide P90 coil. At the ends, the coil exopands vertically by an additional 3.5mm, allowing a traditional P90 wind in a humbucker format with the taller section restricted to an area outside the strings where it doesn't matter.

Almost all the others use either finer wire or a taller coil, either of which makes a big difference to the tone.

These are not vaguely like P90's, they're the real deal.

If you're not convinced, listen to this. It's a cut and paste of pieces from the sound samples for the Unicorn neck pickup in soapbar and humbucker sized formats. You should be able to spot some of the joins but can you tell which is which?


N.B. Epiphone Wildkat and Casino.

The P90's in Epiphone Wildkats, Casinos and probably Sorrentos as well are slightly different in dimensions from other Dog Ear P90's. Most replacement pickups, including Gemini's can be fitted in the bridge position but not in the neck position. The neck pickup has a deeper baseplate recess and narrower string spacing. A standard P90 will not fit and would be much too close to the strings, being 3.175mm (1/8") higher. To retain the covers and make pickups that fit, we provide a rewind/rebuild service for these pickups. Because of the reduced capacity of the neck pickup bobbin, we cannot fit a Seraphim winding on one of these. However, we do have a modified Seraphim Special design that will fit and is similar but slightly thicker toned. Please contact us for details.



Unicorn

A classic P-90, with traditional P-90 sound. P-90's have been making some of the best sounds around for over 50 years.


The Unicorn is vintage wound but at the fatter end of the vintage range. Very simple, very effective and very versatile.

Unicorn bridge and neck units are wound to be hum-cancelling in the middle position when combined with each other or the tapped single coil sounds of Gemini humbuckers.

Available in traditional P90, Jazzmaster and humbucker formats


Wire AWG 42, Alnico II magnets

Bridge Pickup 7.9k (5.3k tapped, P90 format only)

Neck Pickup 7.6k (5.1k tapped, P90 format only)


Werewolf

A slightly more modern P90. Where the Unicorn growls, this one howls and screams. 

P90Black1A hotter wound, higher output P-90 with extended harmonic range producing more drive and more focus.


The Werewolf provides higher levels of performance and a slightly crisper, more focused sound. Tapped, it produces a more open sound with extra highs, just like adding one third strat to the mix.

Available in traditional P90, Jazzmaster and humbucker formats

Wire SWG 46, Alnico V magnets, 3 conductor wiring

Bridge Pickup 8.9k (6.5k tapped - P90 format only)

Neck Pickup 8.2k (6.2k tapped - P90 format only)


 Yellow Dog

The Yellow Dog offers more bite and punch in the top end, together with plenty of warmth in the lower registers. The Alnico IV magnets provide plenty of output without the pickup becoming overly aggressive or thin.

Available in traditional P90, Jazzmaster and humbucker formats

Wire AWG 42, Alnico IV magnets, 3 conductor wiring

Bridge Pickup 8.2k (5.5k tapped, P90 format only)

Neck Pickup 7.7k (5.2k tapped, P90 format only)



Seraphim

A P-90, with a retro Charlie Christian style sound and a switchable vintage P90 sound


The Seraphim has compound wire coils. A first layer of very heavy wire is used for the CC sound. This is then overwound with a finer wire to produce the full P-90 sound.

The CC sound is very open, has great clarity without any of the harshness normally found on bright pickups. It's designed for Jazz, so don't expect rich mid-range harmonics for good overdrives. However, switch up to the full P-90 sound and the Seraphim delivers that as well.

Seraphim bridge and neck units are wound to be hum-cancelling in the middle position when combined with each other or the tapped single coil sounds of Gemini humbuckers.

Available as soapbar or dogear

Wire AWG 40/SWG 46 (Neck), AWG 41/SWG 46 (Bridge), Alnico II magnets, 3 conductor wiring


Bridge Pickup 4.2k, 8.4k

Neck Pickup 3.0k, 7.5k

Cherubim

A P-90, with a 50's / 60's style jangly beatbacker sound and a switchable hot P90 sound


P90Cream1The Cherubim has compound wire coils. A first layer of wire is used for the beatbacker sound. This is then overwound with a finer wire to produce the full P-90 sound.

The beatbacker sound drove the british invasion of the 60's, as well as being famous for it's use in 12 string folk rock. The Cherubim provides this for any guitar that takes a P-90, with the additional advantage of switching up to a full P-90 sound for a wide range of blues and rock sounds.

Cherubim bridge and neck units are wound to be hum-cancelling in the middle position when combined with each other or the tapped single coil sounds of Gemini humbuckers.

Hear the new Cherubim Demos

Available as soapbar or dogear

Wire AWG 41/AWG 44, Alnico V magnets, 3 conductor wiring

Bridge Pickup 4.7k, 12.7k

Neck Pickup 4.0k, 10.6k


Wraith

A P90 with Alnico III rod magnets. The Wraith combines the warmth of a P90 with the open, clear sound of a strat pickup. The rod magnets provide a stronger but narrower magnetic field than a conventional P90. Alnico III was chosen to give a softer attack more in keeping with P90's. A typical P90 winding gives the Wraiths plenty of output for most situations. Bright, percussive bridge, warm smooth neck and lots of jangle in the middle position.


Available in traditional P90, Jazzmaster and humbucker formats.


Wire SWG 46, Alnico III rod magnets

DC Resistance Neck 8.4k, bridge 9.3k.




 
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