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February 11, 2024
zZounds' P-90 Guitars Buying Guide

P-90 Guitars Buying Guide

When you require a raw sound that's just as powerful as it is complex, look no further than a P-90-equipped guitar! Developed in the 1940s, the P-90's construction features a wider but shorter bobbin than Fender-style single-coil pickups. The resulting sound maintains much of the clarity that Fender-style pickups are known for, while also producing a higher output with increased midrange focus.

The pickup gained prominence in the 1950s, coming as factory-original parts on early Gibson Les Pauls. By the '60s, P-90s found a new life on more budget-friendly instruments of the time like Les Paul Specials and Juniors, as well as many Epiphone models like the Casino and Coronet. Despite the pickups' supposed "relegation" from the highest-end models, P-90-loaded guitars eventually found their way into the hands of punks and rock stars who introduced their snarling overdriven sound to a new generation.

Choose from a few different styles of P-90s:

• Soapbar: Noted for their shape that's visually similar to a literal bar of soap. The pickup's mounting screws are located next to the pole pieces.
• Dogear: Named for the mounting screw tabs on either side of the pickup that resemble a dog's ear.
• Other Styles: Seymour Duncan's Phat Cat P-90s are humbucker-sized for easy modification; Fishman's Fluence Greg Koch Gristle-Tone P90s offer three switchable tones per pickup position.

While humbuckers and Fender-style single-coil pickups make up a majority of the pickups out there, P-90s attract adherents from a wide range of styles thanks to a sound that's all their own. Find out for yourself what makes P-90s so special -- take a look at our selection of P-90 loaded guitars below!
Solid Body Guitars with P-90 Pickups

Gibson Les Paul Standard '50s P90 Electric Guitar (with Case)

$2,799.00

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    $233.25
  • 8 x  
    $349.88

Gibson Tony Iommi SG Special Electric Guitar (with Case)

$2,399.00

  • 18 x  
  • 12 x  
    $199.92
  • 8 x  
    $299.88
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Fender Player Mustang 90 Electric Guitar, with Maple Fingerboard

$799.99

  • 12 x  
    $66.67
  • 8 x  
    $100.00
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    6 x  
    $133.33
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    4 x  
    $200.00
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Yamaha Revstar Standard RSS02T Electric Guitar (with Gig Bag)

$849.99

  • 12 x  
    $70.83
  • 8 x  
    $106.25
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    6 x  
    $141.66
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    4 x  
    $212.50

Epiphone Jared James Nichols Gold Glory Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar (with Hard Bag)

$749.00

  • 12 x  
    $62.42
  • 8 x  
    $93.63
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    6 x  
    $124.83
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    4 x  
    $187.25
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Schecter PT Special Electric Guitar

$699.00

  • 12 x  
    $58.25
  • 8 x  
    $87.38
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    6 x  
    $116.50
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    4 x  
    $174.75

Gretsch G5210T-P90 Electromatic Jet Two 90 Single-Cut Electric Guitar

$599.99

  • 12 x  
    $50.00
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    $75.00
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    6 x  
    $100.00
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    4 x  
    $150.00

Epiphone Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar (with Case)

$549.00

  • 8 x  
    $68.63
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    6 x  
    $91.50
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    4 x  
    $137.25
Hollow and Semi-Hollow Body Guitars with P-90 Pickups

Epiphone USA Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar (with Case)

$3,499.00

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Fender Jim Adkins JA90 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar, with Laurel Fingerboard

$1,099.99

  • 12 x  
    $91.67
  • 8 x  
    $137.50
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    6 x  
    $183.33
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    4 x  
    $275.00
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Vox Bobcat V90 Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar (with Case)

$1,099.99

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  • 12 x  
    $91.67
  • 8 x  
    $137.50
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    6 x  
    $183.33
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    4 x  
    $275.00

Epiphone Wildkat Electric Guitar with Bigsby Tremolo

$499.00

  • 8 x  
    $62.38
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    6 x  
    $83.17
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    4 x  
    $124.75

Godin 5th Avenue Jumbo P-90 Archtop Electric Guitar

$1,049.00

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  • 12 x  
    $87.42
  • 8 x  
    $131.13
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    6 x  
    $174.83
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    4 x  
    $262.25

Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar

$699.00

  • 12 x  
    $58.25
  • 8 x  
    $87.38
  • No Credit Check
    6 x  
    $116.50
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    4 x  
    $174.75
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Guild Starfire I Jet 90 Electric Guitar

$699.00

  • 12 x  
    $58.25
  • 8 x  
    $87.38
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    6 x  
    $116.50
  • No Credit Check
    4 x  
    $174.75

Gretsch G5210-P90 Electromatic Jet Electric Guitar

$499.99

  • 8 x  
    $62.50
  • No Credit Check
    6 x  
    $83.33
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    4 x  
    $125.00
P-90 Pickups

Gibson Original P90 Soapbar Pickup

$119.00

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    6 x  
    $19.83
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    4 x  
    $29.75
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Seymour Duncan SP90-1N Vintage P90 Soapbar Guitar Pickup

$109.00

  • No Credit Check
    6 x  
    $18.17
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    4 x  
    $27.25

Fishman Fluence Greg Koch Gristle-Tone P90 Pickup

$179.95

  • No Credit Check
    6 x  
    $29.99
  • No Credit Check
    4 x  
    $44.99

Mojotone 56 Quiet Coil P-90 Soapbar Pickup Set

$299.95

  • 8 x  
    $37.49
  • No Credit Check
    6 x  
    $49.99
  • No Credit Check
    4 x  
    $74.99

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Gibson Original P90 Dogear Pickup

$119.00

  • No Credit Check
    6 x  
    $19.83
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    4 x  
    $29.75
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Seymour Duncan 11303-03-B SHPR-1s P-Rails Electric Guitar Pickup Set

$238.00

  • No Credit Check
    6 x  
    $39.67
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    4 x  
    $59.50
LAST ONE

Seymour Duncan Phat Cat Pickups

$218.00

  • No Credit Check
    6 x  
    $36.33
  • No Credit Check
    4 x  
    $54.50

Seymour Duncan Antiquity P90 Dog Ear Electric Guitar Pickup

$139.00

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    6 x  
    $23.17
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    4 x  
    $34.75