Back in the 1940s, Gibson, one of the world’s most renowned guitar manufacturers, started making what is known as a single-coil P-90 pickup and they have been extremely popular ever since. Once the technique was mastered by Gibbons, P-90 pickups took the world by storm, made famous by their incredibly captivating treble tones and for bringing a new level of volume to performances.
This, naturally, made guitars with these pickups extremely popular with Blues players but were also commonly found being used by jazz musicians, country artists, and even some rock bands. Nowadays, guitars with these pickups can be used by any musicians and players who are looking for a similar sound or a guitar with outstanding response.
This level of response on the pickup means the articulation of your notes is crystal-clear and precise, producing a very accurate yet light-hearted tone that is sure to bring a smile to the faces of all your audience, no matter how big or small that might be.
However, while Gibson moved away to a more humbucker-style of pickup as time went on, there are many modern-day brands that produce guitars that have replicated this P-90 design which you can now enjoy yourself at home or in your studio. However, the question remains, which P-90 pickup guitar is best for you.
We’ve searched far and wide, so you don’t have to, allowing us to narrow down our results to just four of the best. Today, we’re going to share these with you, so let’s jump straight in!
Godin 5th Avenue CW Electric Guitar (Kingpin II, Burgundy)
For the first guitar on our list, we’ve chosen an absolutely beautiful guitar that’s going to blow you away. Although this guitar sits at the very top of the premium range with a rather expensive price tag, this is one guitar you won’t be able to stay away from, simply because it looks, feels and sounds so beautiful.
Made in North America, this vintage-styled guitar prides itself on its beautiful cut-away, hollowed out body that you’re sure to instantly fall in love with which is also home to the double Godin Kingpin P90 single-coil pickups which are going to give you that beautiful sound that you’ve been looking for.
Thanks to the vintage style and the P90 pickups, you’ll be able to enjoy a superior clarity sounds with tones that resonant presence. The guitar has even been designed in such a way that it gives a bit of attitude when you really want to go all out and jam out. Whether you’re playing acoustically or electrical, this is one guitar that ensures you’ve covered all the bases.
Moving up from the body, you’ll find a solid and durable Canadian Silver Leaf Maple wood neck and an equally-stunning Double-Action truss rod, which all comes together to give you this insanely gorgeous guitar that you’ll fall in love with again and again, every time you pick it up.
- Stunning acoustic or electric sound
- Beautiful design you won’t get enough of
- Crystal-clear sounds and tones
- Solid yet lightweight wooden build
- Premium price range
Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar
Isn’t that vintage style just to die for? If you’re looking for something a little different with that same style, a more affordable price tag but a beautiful and multi-leveled sound nonetheless, feast your eyes on this wonderful creation by Epiphone. Expertly constructed with a gorgeous mahogany back with an equally impressive AAA flame maple Veneer top, plus a solid mahogany neck, it’s safe to say this guitar will quickly become your most prized possession.
If you’re worried about all this mahogany weighing you down; don’t. The main body this guitar has been semi-hollowed out, so it remains lightweight, despite its high-density build. Additionally, on the body, you’ll find a Rosewood fingerboard which screams quality, as well as a patented Epiphone P-90T and a single-coil P-90R pickup that will give you a mesmerizing sound whenever you pick it up to play.
There’s even a hum-canceling dummy coil which can be found inside the body of the guitar which has the sole purpose of minimizing potential coil hum, ensuring that every note you play is as clear and concise as possible.
Back to the outside of the body and you’ll find a traditional Master Volume dial alongside a Master VariTone True Bypass setting and even a string-thru-body bridge. It’s safe to say this is a guitar that will give you everything you could possibly need from your P90 guitar and then some!
- Beautiful design
- Quality solid wood build with hollow body
- P90T & P90R single coil pickups
- True Bypass feature
- ‘Hum’- canceling coil
- Premium price tag
- Can take a long time to set up for the first time
Archer TT1SB Designed Series Thinline Electric Guitar
Heading down the price bracket to a more affordable, mid-range guitar, the Archer TT1SB is designed to be the perfect P90-featured companion to both beginners, professionals and hobbyists alike, ensuring you have everything you could want and need for a guitar while still creating that beautiful P90 pickup sound.
To start with, this 22.5” scale guitar is produced with the traditional semi-hallowed center which pride themselves with their 2x P90 single-coil pickups, a 3-way selector (giving you completely control over your sound and your pickup’s functions), a volume dial and a tone controlling dial, ensuring you can produce the exact sound that you’re looking for.
Moving up from the body, you’ll find a solid rosewood neck, complete with dot inlays, making it ideal for beginners to pick up chords while they’re trying to learn to play all their favorite classics while experimenting with sounds of their own. However, what we really like about the neck of this guitar is the fact that it’s bolted on, meaning you can remove it any time for easy storage and even easier travel, perfect for when you’re traveling to gigs and concerts to perform.
When you consider the entire body of the guitar, which is complete with a basswood body, a flame maple top, and the iconic 3-Tone Sunburst finish, we know you’ll agree that this is simply a beautiful guitar that produces an even more gorgeous sound.
- Affordable price range for all guitarists
- Complete sound control
- 2x P90 pickups for outstanding sound quality
- Designed with beginners and professionals in mind
- Locking tuners are slightly clunky to use
- Requires setup after delivery
Yamaha RevStar RS502 Electric Guitar with Gig Bag
Finally, to conclude our list of best guitars with a P90 pickup, we’ve chosen an absolute classic from a brand that needs to introduction, the Yamaha Revstar. Available in over 19 different and unique colors, as well as your own included gig/travel bag, this is one guitar you can count on to give you everything you’ve been looking for.
Let’s start with the beautifully finished mahogany body, encased with a Maple top for a lightweight build that promises to stay secure and protected for many years to come. On this top, you’ll find a state-of-the-art Alnico V magnet, a German silver baseplate and, of course, the VP5+ Vintage P90 single-coil pickup, which all come together to produce an incredible sound that is superior quality compared with most guitars in this mid-range price bracket.
To provide you with even more control over the sound you’re producing, you’ll find a 3-way lever attached to the body, as well as your traditional volume and Dry Switch dials. What we really love about this guitar is the fact that everything has been designed and produced with this model in mind. Everything is custom; from the custom designed hardware on the inside of the guitar, to the raw copper scratch-plate and the iconic pickup covers, ensuring every feature of this guitar works seamlessly with one another, all in all giving you the best musical experience possible.
With all this in mind, you can be sure that you’re not only buying a guitar that’s affordable and backed by decades of experience in the musical instruments industry, you’re also buying a modern guitar that produces outstanding sounds and tones and looks amazing, no matter where you are or where you’re performing.
- Exceptional custom build from Yamaha
- Comes with included travel/gig bag
- Outstanding, flawless sound quality
- Incredibly attractive finish with over 19 unique colors
Over to You!
When shopping for your ideal guitar with a P90 pickup, it’s easy to get lost in all the options that are available to you, but there’s no reason why you need to feel overwhelmed. Instead, take a step back, think about all the features and qualities you want from your guitar, including aspects like budget.
As you can see from our list above, it doesn’t matter what price bracket you’re operating in, there’s a high-quality and outstanding guitar out there for you that can allow you to produce the sounds you’ve been searching for in a guitar that is designed with what is quite possibly one of the most renowned and iconic pickups ever invented.