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Seymour Duncan Hot Soapbar SP90-2 P90 Black Neck 11302-09-Bc Top, SD photo

Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan Hot Soapbar SP90-2 P90

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High output P-90. Excellent for heavy blues, classic rock, hard rock, punk and metal.

Extra coil windings combined with dual (small) ceramic magnets produce higher output, increased sustain, and more sensitivity to subtle string movements. Most noticeable, when compared to the SP90-3, is the pronounced upper mid-range detail that makes this pickup really cut through the mix. Comes with single-conductor hookup cable. Slightly shorter .585" height profile.

complete setup
Available for both neck and bridge positions in a balanced set. Also popular, is an SP90-2 Hot in the bridge position with an SP90-1 Vintage in the neck for tonal versatility.

For balanced and brighter-toned instruments. Works especially well with maple and ebony fingerboards.

available mods
Choose cream or black cover (included).

Mike Ness / Social Distortion (neck & bridge), Rickey Medlocke / Lynyrd Skynyrd (bridge) "


Best videos/sound clips:

In this video, Johnny Hawthorn demonstrates the sounds one can achieve with the Seymour Duncan Hot Soapbar SP90-2 P90 on is Bill Asher Marc Ford model guitar. He starts by playing some tasteful leads on the neck pickup with an overdriven sound, and I am struck by the clarity of the upper mid frequencies in this pickup. After some explaining, he starts playing again at 1:39, playing in the middle position with just a hint of breakup. At 1:57, we hear the bridge pickup cleaned up a bit playing some jangly rhythms, then at 2:09, we start an overdrive section where we hear each pickup position played through an overdriven amp. At 2:43, he switches to a cleaner sound, playing first in the middle position, then in the bridge. From 3:10 to the end, we hear each of the pickups by themselves with overdrive one last time. High output, yet clear and defined. Nice playing.



This is a nice short video featuring just the SP90-2 in the bridge position of a Les Paul Junior Special. It's nice because it's short and to the point and it doesn't really have a "video" component, just text and a picture of the guitar, and that lets us focus on how the pickup ACTUALLY sounds. It starts with the amp clean, and we hear the glassiness of the SP90-2, especially in the bridge. At 0:19, we hear the pickup in a medium gain, playing the same riff. The same riff happens again at 0:43, this time in a High gain, modern metal sound. At 1:02, he lets loose with a high gain lead. Nice highs and high mids here.  



Here's a video with the SP90-2 in a 70's tribute Goldtop Les Paul through a Marshall JCM900 SLX. All the examples in this video are played entirely on the bridge pickup. He starts off playing some "cowboy chords" through his distorted amp, from 0:00 to 0:08. He kind of switches bewtween playing leads and rhythm throughout the video. At about 1:20, there's a section of a shuffle rhythm that really exemplifies the sound of the SP90-2. Really thick and loud, with massive midrange. If you'd like to hear this pickup handling leads, scroll to 3:10!


In this video we have a guy playing a guitar he's built to be a "swiss army knife" to handle all the sounds he needs to play in his wedding band. It's basically a Tele with a graphite neck,a Bigsby Vibrato, a Seymour Duncan Tele Little '59 in the bridge, and the SP90-2 in the neck. He's playing through his pedalboard into a 1974 Fender Pro Reverb Amp. This video really does a good job of demonstrating the versatility of a tele with a SP90-2 in the neck. Lots of good stuff here. For our purposes, the SP90-2 is featured in alone from 0:00 to 0:10, from 0:38 to 0:50, from 2:20 to 2:47, from 3:20 to 3:40, from 4:10 to 4:23, and from 5:20 to 5:36. If you'd like to hear the SP90-2 in conjuntion with the Tele Little '59, those sounds happen from 0:10 to 0:14, 0:36 to 0:38, 2:01 to 2:20, 3:01 to 3:20, 3:40 to 3:52, 5:36 to 6:20, and from 7:18 to the end. I think my favorite sounds are the jazz sounds he gets from the SP90-2, they are thick and dark, perfect for playing all your Charlie Christian licks!


Check this video out for a good shootout between the SP90-3, SP90-2, and the SP90-1. All are in the bridge position (which is the only position) in a Gibson Les Paul Junior. To hear the SP90-2 clean, scroll to 0:22. To hear it through a dirtier amp, scroll to 1:19.




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