Voici la version par Kinman des célèbres P90. C'est la version simple bobinage par Gibson. Très différent du simple bobinage Fender, avec plus de mordant et plus ample dans les sons crunch, il est vite adopté par la plupart des guitaristes de rock ou de blues.
Par exemple, vous ne verrez pratiquement pas de joueurs de jazz avec des P90. Mais vous les entendrez davantage en crunch.
Ils peuvent saturer jusqu'à un son Angus Young d'AC/DC. Mais pas dans le métal.
En résumé, l'utilisation optimale d'un P90 est en son légèrement ou bien crunchy. On peut aussi le pousser dans des saturations hard Rock années 70/80. Ou en son clair si on aime le côté simple bobinage avec un peu plus de chaleur. Pour le picking, la country pour ne citer qu'eux.
Kinman s'est attelé à la tâche d'éliminer les bruits de fond engendrés par les micros vintage. Il a également essayé de gommer l'effet vrombissant des "grosses cordes" à fort volume.
Ses micros restent donc précis dans toutes les configurations de jeu.
Regular P-90 Hx pickup – Zero-hum. Designed to replicate Gibson P-90 sound but in fact has some highly desired improvements. Versatile and inspirational sound that is extremely responsive, meaning maximum aliveness. Sweeter highs and deep resounding lows with wonderful piano-like mid tones combine for sensitive and soulful expression of self. The middle position with both on together yield additional dimensions until now unimagined.
Neck pickup is optimized to reduce tendency to mush the wound strings at high volume resulting in better clarity and definition with more dimensional properties.
Bridge pickup is clear and articulate with great versatility.
You will have a lot of fun, enjoyment and satisfaction exploring the extended sonic dimensions of these remarkably advanced pickups.
-------------------------Regular P-90 Hx pickups - Sonic Characteristics:
I modeled my P-90 Hx on an authentic, original early 50's Gibson P-90. The basis sonic character of the Gibson has been retained while certain aspects of performance have been improved. High output, unparalled attack, sensitivity and dynamic range, remarkable presence and aliveness, sweet but prominent highs, wonderful growl in bridge position, piano-like stringy mid-tones in neck position, girthy HUGE luscious lows and a position 2 sound (two on together) that quacks/clucks like nothing else.
What's wrong with P-90's? Not much, but two aspects that annoy me are the strong tendency of the neck position wound strings when played as a chord to turn to mush under aggressive pick attack; that and the large amount of mains hum.
During the course of the development period I came to realize that some manufacturers of P-90 are under-winding for a lower output in an effort to reduce 60Hz hum. Well they certainly did that but unfortunately they also lost a lot of revered sonic characteristics. It was when I compared these inferior modern cousins to my genuine original Gibson P-90 I realize why it is I see so many comments on forums saying the hum from a P-90 is about the same a Strat pickup. That is a deluded claim because under identical laboratory test conditions a genuine P-90 has 650 millivolts of hum compared to 250 millivolts for a Strat pickup. P-90's are incredibly noisy.
Improvements: I improved the definition and clarity in order to reduce the neck pickup's tendancy of turning to 'mush' under heavy pick attack. This was accomplished by increasing the dynamic range, but the sound remains un-mistakably P-90. My noiseless P-90 Hx are great sounding pickups, not offensive in any way, but not polite either. It has the same brutal output as the original and the characteristic P-90 muscular sound that in many ways is more likeable (and more silent) than a humbucker. The P-90 Hx is an incredible tone machine.
How good is the Kinman? Whether you like the sound of a P-90 in the neck position or not, the true test of quality of a P-90 is whether it sounds GREAT in the neck position or not. The Kinman speaks with a BIG voice, notes are so alive they just leap out and it sounds gorgeous and luscious in the neck position. With it's baseball bat attack it won't turn to mush too easily when played hard. The sound has piano-like mids, huge deep lows, sweet transparent highs that sizzle rather than clang and dynamic range that takes you from a tonefull gentle whisper to a crunched power chord in a nano second. One more important test is 'does it sound great at low volume?' If a P-90 passes both these tests in the neck position it will sound superb in the bridge position too. Then and only then can it qualify as an authentic sounding P-90 and you'll know because you wont be able to put the guitar down.
The loud mouthed Kinman noiseless P-90 Hx with it's remarkable 600 Ohm noise sensor is in a different world, keeping good company with genuine great sounding noisy P-90's. It really has got something to crow about.
A new beginning and a change of history:
The P-90 was cursed with hum from the beginning, that's the reason Gibson developed their famous humbucker so long ago …. to create a hum-cancelling pickup. But Gibson's humbucker turned out to be a very different sounding pickup and the P-90 hum problem was not actually solved. The twist of history is now the P-90 Hx is even quieter than a humbucker.
With it's revolutionary 600 Ohm noise sensor this pickup is gonna move a lot of air, and change a lot of minds about hum-cancelling pickups. It is nothing less than an astounding new beginning for the noiseless era and will start a new chapter of history concerning P-90 sound.
Behind the scenes story:
G'day, Chris Kinman here. Over 8 years ago I set my goal to duplicate the gorgeous sonic characteristics of a genuine original P-90 but eliminate the 50/60Hz hum, a noiseless P-90 (or hum canceling P-90) no less. At the time I did not realize the massive effort and complex manufacturing it was going to take to achieve that goal. Now I know the reason noiseless authentic P-90 sound has not been achieved before by other pickup manufacturers. There are plenty of look-a-likes but not one has a genuine P-90 sound.
When I tried to design a hum cancelling P-90 by applying my existing patented technology I found that which works well for Strats* and Teles* was not suitable to cancel the immense amount of hum from a P-90 without destroying it's magnificent sound. I came to realize that P-90 sound, although in some ways brutal and powerful, is actually quite fragile and a more sophisticated technique would be required if the original sound is to be retained.
Discovering the additional solutions took almost 3 more years with countless hours spent and many experimental pickups made and discarded creating a whole bin full of scrap copper wire and parts. There were many times I thought it was an impossible mission and almost came to the point of abandoning the whole idea as a waste of expensive R&D materials and my valuable time.
However, I had made a promise in 2001 and almost in desperation, I continued, like a lonely prospector looking for gold in the wilderness. I'm glad I didn't abandon my quest because eventually, little by little the P-90 gave up it's secrets and I eventually found the Mother Lode.
My P-90 Hx captures the magnificent girth, luscious lows, piano mid tones and extreme dynamics that characterize a great P-90 pickup. It has 202 individual parts and some very unconventional thinking to accomplish this extremely difficult task. Now YOU can enjoy magnificent P-90 sound without that annoying mains hum at a price representing extreme value for money (after all those 202 components cost more to make and assemble than 10 regular noisy P-90's).
Inclusions: included with each pickup is a Cream or Black soapbar cover, 2 mounting screws and 2 silicon rubber tube springs, a handy drill guide template for positioning the screw holes in the virgin floor of the pickup cavity of a project guitar or guitars with freshly deepened cavities.
Winds for Bridge & Neck coils: In the normal versions there are 2 models with optimized coil winds for the bridge and neck/middle positions. The bridge wind has lots of girthy growl n midrange for the bridge position, like my old Gibson P-90. The neck wind has a bit more focus and aliveness for increased definition and brightness which avoids the usual tendancy of regular P-90's to 'mush' out, however both can be used in any position. If the pickup is to be used in the middle position we will normally supply it as a bridge version unless you request otherwise.
Pots: The best value for the volume pot is 500k as this allows the pickup to breathe for maximizing dynamic response and aliveness. A 250k pot can be used but there will be noticeably less of the above characteristics.
Phase reversible: The P-90 Hx has 3 conductor cabling so is phase reversible. Normal phase (aka output polarity) is compatible with all Gibson and other Kinman pickups. Fender pickups have opposite output polarity so reverse phase hookup can be used.
Covers: The P-90 Hx can be installed under Dog Ear covers in an F-hole hollow body too by including an optional Kinman mounting bracket with your order. Solid body guitars with Dog Ear covers don’t require the bracket. There are three Install Guides: for solid bodies with Soapbars and Dog Ears as well as for f-hole hollow bodies with Dog Ears.
Dog-Ear covers which have a pole spread of 50mm are suitable for the P-90 Hx. Most Epiphone Casino Dog-Ear covers have 50mm spacing however there are some Dog-Ear covers around that have different pole spacing and won't accept the 50mm pole spacing of the P-90 Hx. For a good selection of Dog-Ear covers follow this link >>>http://www.guitarpartsshop.co.uk/acatalog/P90_Pickup_Accessories.html Avoid metal covers as these change the sound of the pickup, so use the plastic covers only. Choose covers with a suitable height and bear in mind that spacers to increase the height of covers is also available.
Also genuine Gibson Dog Ear covers are available in Cream and Black here http://www.darrenriley.com/GibsonPickups.htm look under Gibson Pickup Covers. You will need to contact them about height details of the covers to ensure they will be suitable for your guitar.
Connections: Can be ordered with with normal solder connections or with Kinman connectors for plugging into a Kinman Strat or Tele harness.
Shielding: It is highly recommended to install comprehensive shielding since any P-90 worth it’s salt is susceptible to RF buzzing from lighting dimmers etc. This is not the same kind of noise as mains hum and can only be minimized with shielding.