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Seymour Duncan SPH90-1 Phat Cat P90 Single-Coil Pickup, Gold, Bridge

The Seymour Duncan SPH90-1 offers fat, punchy tone. Also known as the Phat Cat P90, the Seymour Duncan SPH90-1 is a fantastic choice for rock. (37) Read 11 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

In the past, if a guitar player wanted true P-90 soapbar tone from a humbucker-equipped guitar, he or she would have to physically alter the guitar: Usually irreparably and often destroying the re-sale value of the instrument.

Those days are over as Seymour Duncan announces the release of the Phat Cat pickup. Phat Cats are true P-90 soapbar pickups squeezed into a humbucker cover. They are direct retrofits for most humbucker-equipped guitars, without need for permanent modification to the instrument.

Phat Cats were created as a collaborative effort between Hamer founder, Jol Dantzig and Seymour W. Duncan. They were originally built in Seymour's Custom Shop for Hamer Guitars where they were used exclusively on their Newport series of USA-made instruments. Now, Phat Cats will be built on Duncan's regular production line, which will increase production capacity and decrease the selling price. Says Dantzig, "We worked with Seymour Duncan to conceive Phat Cats, and now we're happy to see the opportunity for all of Duncan's customers to enjoy their great sound."

Phat Cats are the call for the player looking for a great combination of output and high-end response. The tone is big, fat, and punchy with enhanced upper-mids for extra "cut." Like traditional P-90s, Phat Cats embody a true single-coil design with 2 sand cast Alnico magnets and single conductor, braided shield, hookup cable. The short, flat bobbins account for the fatter, midrange-intensive tone; and the nickel-silver cover reduces 60-cycle hum and tames the raggedness sometimes associated with P-90s. The result is a pickup with a unique sonic signature. Phat Cats are available in neck and bridge calibrated positions, and with either nickel or gold plating on their nickel-silver cover. When used together in the neck-plus-bridge position, both pickups will be hum-canceling.

Phat Cats are vacuum wax potted for squeal-free performance. Mounting hardware (screws and springs) is included, as is a detailed wiring diagram. Phat Cats are hand-built in Santa Barbara, California.

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- Magnet: Alnico 2
- D.C. resistance: 7.98K Ohms (n) 8.49K Ohms (b)
- E.Q.: 4/6/7 Low/Mid/High
- Cable: Single Conductor
- Output: Moderate
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Gold, Neck
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 in
Nickel, Neck
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 in
Nickel, Bridge
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 in
Gold, Bridge
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 805-964-9610
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4.5 out of 5 (37 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Midlife crisis pickup for your humbucking guitar. It's better than buying it a sports car."
Sound: Great Biting Tone, Bluesy if you want it to be, but also really fun, sort of twank available to you. A Bit better on the high end than a humbucker, not quite as nasal as a single coil sounds to me. Note again I said twank, not quack. Have mine in a les paul so that will color the sound as well. but overall very balanced with great attack defintion. Can sometimes get a bit fuzzy in chords if you're on a dirty setting of your amp, but not necessarily in a bad way. Feature: Yup, that's right, zero accessories. No action figures, no comic book wrapping material, no glow in the dark anything. About the only thing it did come with are my favorite pickups in the world. There I said it. Quality: a little scratch heavy, but great if you're into that vintage look. But really folks, don't expect to go after the screws on top, slide off and scrape your screwdriver accross the cover and not leave a scratch. If only someone had warned me. Value: Look around and find them cheap. It's not like they're handwound gifts from god here, just lovely little assembly line beauties that will revive your love of your humbucker guitar if you, like myself, find yourself getting tired of all that extra push. Manufacturer Support: Could go either way, havn't really needed any. The Wow Factor: Ok, so I play an epiphone les paul classic quilt top in Orange. When I first got it, I liked the way the neck felt, I liked it's weight, (read very heavy) and I liked the way it sat on my body, hated the electronics, hated the open coil humbuckers. So I get it on the cheap, cause you can do that with an epiphone. Replace the electronics, slap a Bigsby B12 on there, and then as the piece of resistance (Say that last part in french if you like) put these pickups in my guitar. I went through three pairs of pants on the spot. Sex appeal? Oh YEAH! Overall: For what they are, they surely kick ass. I'd also suggest looking into the Rio Grande Bastard and Fat Bastard, havn't tried them myself, but I'd like to. Don't expect a humbucker, don't expect a single coil. Expect a really nice loively looking, P90 sound in a drop in replacement for your humbucker.
Style of Music: Roots Rock, Indie Rock, Country, and Folk
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"Love it love it love it"
Sound: I have a les paul and the humbuckers had a bit of a muddy sound that just couldnt seem to cut through to shine in the high end department. these p90s absolutely have no problem giving me high end with out sacrifice the low end that i also need. Feature: None, you dont need any Ease of Use: Its a pickup, just drop in and enjoy Quality: very sturdy, accidentally droped the box it was in on the floor from a tall table and it still works fine. Value: They are definitely worth it. You can tell a difference as soon as you start playing. Manufacturer Support: dont need them The Wow Factor: The wanting for a p90 sound is fufilled with this product. SD nailed it, putting a p90 in a humbucker casing? Genius!!!! Overall: I would recommend these pickups to anyone wanting to split with a humbucker and try something new.
Style of Music: Rock, Punk, Ska
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