P-90 Pickup Kit with Fiber Bobbin

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Build your own pickups! This kit has a modern black fiber/maple/fiber bobbin with brass solder-point eyelets and 1.97" (50mm) polepiece spacing.

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P-90 Pickup Kit with Fiber Bobbin

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Build your own pickups! This kit has a modern black fiber/maple/fiber bobbin with brass solder-point eyelets and 1.97" (50mm) polepiece spacing.

Build faithful reproductions of the classic Gibson® single-coil pickups: go for the vintage sound, or wind them your own way for custom tone. Our kits take the guesswork out of pickup-making, with authentic-specification parts and assembly instructions to make the job easy and fun.

Each kit contains:

  • Nickel-silver baseplate
  • Nickel-plated polepiece screws
  • Alnico 5 magnets with threaded steel spacer
  • Mounting screws and springs
  • Coil lead wires
  • Single-conductor braided-shield hookup wire

Matching P-90 Soap-bar Cover is available in cream or black.

About P-90 pickups: The Gibson® team designed the P-90 in 1946. It was their most commonly used pickup until the appearance of the PAF humbucker in the late 1950s. The P-90 is a punchy single-coil with a fat, warm sound and a raw high end response. It's still used by Gibson® on several models. Recently, "boutique" pickup builders have begun making custom versions of the P-90 using black fiber flatwork similar to Fender pickups. This gives a unique but traditional look when the pickups are installed without covers.

We have lots of pickup winding supplies like wire, tape, and tools for winding pickups.

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P-90 Pickup Kit with Modern-style Bobbin

Assembly instructions for the P-90 pickup kit with modern-style bobbin.

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P-90 Pickup Kit with Fiber Bobbin

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P-90 Pickup Kits

By Martin from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 13, 2013

great sounding, easy to work with kit. Loved the result but i think it could be cheaper considering that the cover it's not included

Fiber bobbin P90

By amour guitars from mt. shasta
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 11, 2012

This Kit is great! Every thing fits..You can pot the bobbin without warping like the plastic...Also the magnets are magnetized...I tap the pole piece holes with a 5/40 tap...

Alnico 5 P90 Pickups

By Mal MacRae from Sydney - Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A friend bought me one of these kits for a present after I helped him with a guitar build. It was easy and straight forward to put together and I wound it with about a 10k coil. I would always now go for the Alnico 5 magnets rather than the Alnico 2 magnets ....... those three extra Alnico's REALLY make a difference!

Great Kit, but more info needed

By JWertz from Red Lion, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 21, 2012

Overall great kit, but the description indicates that dogear covers are available leading you to beleive they would actually work with this kit. Unfortunately the baseplate provided does not work with the dogear covers and there doesn't seem to be an option for the dogear baseplate from stewmac. Also, the screw heads of the adjustment screws strip out very easily and the brass screws heads snapped off leaving the body of the screw embedded in the bobbin. Both are probably my fault so take extra care when dealing with the screws.

Good kit, but...

By Bob from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I agree with the previous reviewer on the fiber/maple/fiber kit. The mounting screw holes in the maple spacer are too small, making it difficult to install them, which I didn't realize until after I had built my pickup. I had to take a hammer and tap the mounting screws through in order to remove enough wood material in order to allow them to pass through easily. Also, the holes in the keeper bar for the polepieces are off as well, meaning the bar won't easily slip over the polepieces when mounting everything together. I had to slightly bore out some of the holes in the keeper bar so that they would accept the polepieces. All of the materials in the kit are very nice. Sloppy fits in the maple spacer and keeper bar make installation a little bit of a headache, otherwise this kit would be 5 stars without question.

Small disappointment

By Ben Littrell from New Haven, CT
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Holes in maple block misaligned with fiber bobbin holes, not perpendicular to outside surfaces and too small for the installation screws to pass freely. Block warped after CA gluing. Pole piece keeper bar easily pulls from threads. Covers do not inset the installation screw heads, which looks weird. I would ask for an undrilled block next time so that I could align the holes to the lasercut bobbin, then drill to the correct size, spacing, and squareness for installation screw fit. I customized the bobbin/cover so it's not really affecting the outcome, but I do have to adjust things I don't want to spend time on.

Excellent kits

By Travis from Tennessee
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I have built several of these kits, both the fiber bobbin and plastic bobbin. Both are great, I really like the fiberboard kit, it is a stronger bobbin and easy to construct. But again, both kits are great, I highly recommend either.

Now in Norway.

By Eastgrove pickups from St. Louis, Mo
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I bought the fiber bobbin kit, which I built for Hans, the guitarist of the Norwegian band, Skambankt. The quality was superb! When I want highest quality p90 sound, I buy from StewMac.

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