What are the spacers in P90 for?

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I‘m converting a vintage dog ear to soap bar and wonder if i have to add the spacers. The dog ear doesn’t have any. What are they for exactly?
 

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Most p90 soapbars are not adjustable. Spacers are used to bring the p/u's closer to the strings if so desired.
 

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To be clear i‘m talking about the maple spacers between the base plate and the magnets.
 

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To be clear i‘m talking about the maple spacers between the base plate and the magnets.

P-90's don't have spacers. They use two magnets.

Photos of what you are talking about?
 

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1968 1969 Gibson Les Paul P-90 pickup - vintage P90, neck position, soapbar cover
https://reverb.com/item/43602552-19...are&utm_campaign=listing&utm_content=43602552

Vintage 1960's Gibson Les Paul P-90 Soapbar Pickup 8.15 KOhms Goldtop Original Long Magnets
https://reverb.com/item/46183529-vi...are&utm_campaign=listing&utm_content=46183529

That is new to me (which is not necessarily surprising!). Never seen spacers in P-90s before. That would change the tone, for sure (think DiMarzio Air Norton).

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@cooljuk would know.
 

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Vintage p90's used the spacers so the cover would fit over the bobbin and not foul the sides of the baseplate.
 

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The aftermarket nickel covers from Philly Luthier come with fiber spacers to make up for the thickness difference between the nickel and plastic covers. Haven't seen spacers on my P-90s with regular covers.
 

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