Re: Yamaha P90 or Humbuckers
- From: "RichCI" <richci@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 12 Oct 2005 13:35:35 -0700
> "Michael" <newszz10@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> > I've been looking at 2 models....Yamaha AEX502 and the AEX520.....the 502
> > has P90's and the 520 has humbuckers.
> > What I'd like is a warmer, more muted (jazzy?) sounding guitar and
> > eventually want to use a small tube amp with it....just for amusing myself
> > on the couch, nothing more.
> TRY them out.
> IMO, P-90's and other singlecoils usually are often easier to achieve a warm
> and jazzy sound with.
> Depending on humbuckers, you can get very good jazzy sounds from them,
> true - but very often humbuckers - especially these days - are geared
> towards a powerful rock sound.
> I'm going to swap my '59 PAF seymour for a P90 because the '59 is shrill and
> bright as hell and I want warmth and depth. So it varies.
> But in general; singlecoil = lower bag end, more highs, a 'wider' sound in
> all, less middle, and very warm and bassy with the tone rolled down, often
> even mushy, and
> humbuckers = less lowest bass but more pronounced low end, so much more
> 'punch' and middlerange, less high sparkle but much more centered rock
> sound. Tone down you get a nice jazz sound that doesn't get too mushy.
I wouldn't say that's a hard rule but maybe a general guideline. I
have four guitars that I mainly play:
Gibson Les Paul Custom - Gibson Classic 57 humbuckers
Fender American 57 Reissue Stratocaster - Fender 57/62 single coils
Reverend Slingshot - some sort of Reverend P90 style pickups
Gibson SG Junior - single Gibson P90 (bridge)
The Les Paul definitely has the thickest tone out of all of those.
The Reverend has the most deep low end much as you described and has a
brighter top end; less lower mids than the LP.
The Strat sounds... like a Strat; bright and twangy. It has low end,
but not nearly as much as the Les Paul or Reverend.
The SG is generally pretty bright and doesn't have a lot of low end;
compared with the bridge position of the Strat, I'd say a little more
than that but nowhere near what the LP or Reverend has.
True, a lot of third party manufacturer's humbuckers tend to be geared
towards rock players, but you can also find very warm, well balanced
sounding humbuckers as well. The Classic 57s in my LP are like that;
the general tone of that guitar are more towards jazz and classic rock
rather than metal.
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