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« on: February 05, 2014, 04:21:20 PM »

I had this on the electric guitar forum but pulled it down after doing some research.

being a perfectionist can be a real pain at times, but I'm always tweaking the P90 RS4, because, well, the bridge pick up i can't ever just get dead on perfect right.

This is after replacing it, potting it, and adjusting the pole pieces to match the neck pup.

I finally decided to go after the magnets, and researching Alnico magnets I decided to go from what might be in the pup (5) to a 2.
In the meantime, last night I did email ML, asking about this very subject, and got a surprise when he thought the magnets might be 8's.
All my research last night had most definitely wanting to stay away from the sound of the 8's -so there ya go.

yet another piece of the never ending puzzle in search of "perfect" tone.

I'm going to swap out the 8's for 5's, re pot and I'll get back to you.

 For any one else who feels the bridge pup is somewhat brittle sounding and lacks depth, (at lower volumes) this is why I have been doing this research, so perhaps you might benefit as well......
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2014, 05:13:40 PM »

Are these Matt's P-90s Kevin?
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2014, 06:32:47 PM »

yes, the are.

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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2014, 06:42:11 PM »

What are the ohm's of the pu's?I have Fralin P92's in my set neck tele the bridge is 6.5 ohm's and the neck is a 7.1,since I play mostly neck I swapped the bridge and neck and have the bridge set closer to the strings.
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2014, 07:00:58 PM »

thanks rob, i've also done all that, ohm levels were fine, It's actually not about volume any more so much as tone.
the HB RS4 is just a perfect guitar tonally, and pick up wise etc, but the P90 RS4 has always been a bit of a problem by comparison, not majorly, but I'm fussier than most.
But I think anyone with a p90 RS4 might agree the bridge pup is a tad on the "bright" side (to put it politely).
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2014, 04:46:21 AM »

Bridge pu's are always a bit brite until they age a bit.I've always been a neck pu guy and only use the bridge pu in combo with the neck when I want to add some umph.
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2014, 05:04:38 PM »

Tru dat, but this particular one (my second) is really over the top, and if in fact an Alnico 8, it's no wonder why.
I'm actually surprised ML used that magnet, but hey, he's done some incredible things with R & d on electrics.....
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