P-90 replacement need advice

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  1. irocdave12

    irocdave12 Senior Member

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    I've never touched a p90 or had one out before. What all is involved with replacing a typical p90 neck pup with the SD staple pup? I noticed the staple has the screws out on the corners vs the regular pup with screws in middle. Is there an adapter or am I putting new holes in the guitar?
     
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    PierM Premium Member

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    The Staple is deeper than a P90, and needs proper routing for the two external screws, which sometimes may be a problem because it does match with the Switch routing channel. If you want, there is Lollar which is producing a straight P90 replacement of the Staple.
     
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    irocdave12 Senior Member

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    So you are saying it's still a staple pup but fits in same footprint of the p90 no mods?
     
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    Yep, the typical alnico staple pickup will require guitar routing.

    You can get a good portion of the vintage staple tone simply by building a p90 but with pole magnets like a strat. You keep the same p90 shape and mounting but with the tonal shift that pole magnets gives you. Its just the shape that will make the final difference in tone.
     
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    Look how much is going on below the surface on an alnico pickup and you'll see why the route probably needs deepened (stolen pic from Curtis Novak):
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    It needs a bit routing but it can be done. I made it done 3-4 years ago to a black Les Paul GOTW xx.

    My luthier was excited doing it, he had never done it before and was very interested in the Staple pu.

    He even made a tiny mahogany block with which I filled the routed gap when I sold the guitar.
     

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