Alnico Noiseless P90 – Humbucker

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Unique Appearance
  • Vintage Output

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(23 customer reviews)

$165.00$330.00

Achieve thick, warm, dynamic tones with our Alnico Noiseless P90 Humbucker. This pickup is completely hum-canceling and features a familiar Fender top-end sparkle.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

Pickup Cover * 

Choose how you would like your pickup to look with our USA-Made Nickel Silver covers. Covers are required on this model.

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

We recommend using 2-Conductor With Shield Lead when purchasing a single pickup. 2-Conductor lead allows you to reverse the phase should you have phase issues. Learn More



Fender Tone, P90 Looks.

Want to learn more about our Alnico Noiseless P90 - Humbucker? Here's all the information you'll need:

Alnico Noiseless P90 - Humbucker FEATURES:

  • Alnico Rods for a Fender-type sparkle
  • Humbucker housing available in Polished Nickel, Raw Nickel, Gold, and Jet Black Nickel Covers
  • Hum-free design for completely noiseless operation
  • 49.5mm Standard Spacing works on Gibson-style instruments as well as Fender Neck spacings.
  • Wound by hand using our proprietary sectioning technique for a sweet, clear tone
  • Wound with USA-Made 42 Gauge SPN Wire
  • 10 Year Warranty against manufacturing defects
  • Wax Potted to prevent microphonics and corrosion

Overview

The Alnico Noiseless P90 Humbucker is the perfect pickup for those looking for a cleaner, more articulate tone in a Humbucker Cover. Even though we call it a P90, it’s not quite a P90: it has an airiness and sparkle not found with adjustable pole pieces. Also, it’s great for those looking to balance a dark guitar. You’ll find that this pickup stays clean, while still having a fat, beefy midrange and thickness commonly found with P90 pickups.

Sound

The Alnico Noiseless P90 Humbucker will not sound like a traditional P90, but one with a familiar Fender sparkle on the top-end. Clean and articulate when playing without distortion. You’ll find that the nuances of your playing will come out as this pickup “breathes” more than it’s compressed P90 counterpart. Chords have an excellent string-to-string definition, and single notes are round and warm. With distortion, you’ll find a breakup that is late and smooth with a familiar Fender Strat-type tone.

Our Alnico Noiseless P90 Humbucker features a pronounced midrange as well. You’ll find that the Alnico Hum-Cancelling P90 Humbucker will still sound fat and warm. The midrange is softer than a P90, but this pickup is fatter and warmer than our Big Single and Twangmaster.

Are you looking for more of a traditional P90 tone? You won’t find that here. This model features a more “Fender” quality to it. If you’re looking for a traditional P90 tone, check out our P90 and Hum Cancelling P90!


Tonal Graph for Alnico Noiseless P90 - Humbucker:

The tone graph below for our Alnico Noiseless P90 - Humbucker features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Video

Take a listen to our friend Mike Hermans use our Alnico Noiseless P90 in the neck position of his Tele:

 

Check out the comparison between a regular Hum Cancelling P90 and the Alnico Rod P90:

 

 

Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Alnico Noiseless P90 - Humbucker.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:8.8K
Bridge Ohm Reading:10K
Neck Polarity:Reversible with 2-Conductor With Shield Lead
Bridge Polarity:Reversible with 2-Conductor With Shield Lead
Magnets:USA-Made Alnico 5
Wire:USA-Made 42-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Baseplate & Cover Material:Nickel Silver
Baseplate Leg Depth:6mm
Recommended Pot Value:500K / 300K **

*Due to the unique design of this pickup, ohm readings are not useful when comparing to other designs | ** Use 300K to tame a bit of the top end.

Looking for humbucker wiring codes? You can find them here.

FAQs

  • What’s the tonal difference between this and your Hum-Cancelling P90? The Hum-Cancelling P90 is slightly louder, darker, and thicker. This pickup will sound not as much like a P90, more like a Fender pickup.
  • What lead do I choose? This depends on your guitar and a few other things. Gibson Lead: Go with this if installing a set into a Gibson-style instrument, where each pickup has its respective volume pot. 2-Conductor: Go with this lead if buying a Single, or fitting into a Fender-style guitar.
  • What’s the String Spacing? 49.5mm
  • How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be? Push your Low E String down at the highest fret. Measure from the top of the pole piece to the bottom of the string. The ideal starting location should be 1/8? on the bass string and 1/16? on the treble string, when the High E string is pushed down at highest fret.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Sizing

Humbucker Dimensions

Lead Color Codes

See below for our Lead color codes. For help with matching to other manufacturers, check out this resource here.

Gibson Braided Lead:

2-Conductor With Shield
Gibson Braided Lead - Use on Gibson-Style Instruments only, where each pickup has it's own respective volume and tone pot. Do not select this lead on Fender-style instruments, unless the instrument is wired like a Gibson, like a Telecaster Deluxe. This lead is non-reversible. You cannot split the humbucker with this lead.

2-Conductor Lead:

2-Conductor With Shield
Two-Conductor Lead - Select this lead if wiring to a Blade Switch or buying a single pickup. 2-Conductor allows you to reverse the phase of the pickup.

Humbucker Lead Color Codes

See below for our Humbucker Lead color codes. For help with matching to other manufacturers, check out this resource here.

Gibson Braided Lead:

2-Conductor With Shield
Gibson Braided Lead - Use on Gibson-Style Instruments only, where each pickup has it's own respective volume and tone pot. Do not select this lead on Fender-style instruments, unless the instrument is wired like a Gibson, like a Telecaster Deluxe. This lead is non-reversible. You cannot split the humbucker with this lead.

2-Conductor Lead:

2-Conductor With Shield
Two-Conductor Lead - Select this lead if wiring to a Blade Switch or buying a single pickup. 2-Conductor allows you to reverse the phase of the pickup.

3-Conductor Lead:

2-Conductor With Shield
3-Conductor Lead - Select this lead if wiring to a Blade Switch, need coil-splitting, or if buying a single pickup. This lead allows you to reverse the phase and coil split.

4-Conductor Lead

2-Conductor With Shield
4-Conductor Lead - Only select this lead if you need Series / Parallel wiring. This lead allows you to reverse the phase, wire in series / parallel, and coil split.

Alnico Noiseless P90 - Humbucker Questions And Answers:

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2 Questions about Alnico Noiseless P90 - Humbucker

  1. Hi folks! I’m going to buying one of your pickups for the purposes of building my own humbucker-routed guitar, and I was wondering if this pickup was voiced more similar to a Tele/Stratty chime, or the slightly warmer sound distinct of a Jazzmaster. I’m looking for a “Jazzmaster sound that fits in a humbucker.” if that makes any sense, and I want to make sure I’m buying the right pickup for me. Additionally, if this is not the pickup that suits my needs, should I just rout the guitar I already planned on using for a project for the noiseless JM pickups Fralin offers? I don’t mind doing this, I just want to know If I’m going to need to do extra routing to get the sound I want. Alternatively, does Fralin offer custom one-off pickups (at a premium of course!) that could be made to achieve this sound? Cheers and thanks! 🙂

    1. Hey Rose, This pickup really does sound like a Jazzmaster meets a Fender Strat / Tele. It has a lot of the sparkle and chime of a Fender Strat / Tele, but due to the hum-cancelling design of the pickup, the Alnico P90 sounds a bit thicker, closer to the Jazzmaster. I believe you would be happy with this model, based on what you are looking for.

  2. Hi, is this pickup brighter than the P92 (with 500k pots) ? Thanks.


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

23 reviews for Alnico Noiseless P90 – Humbucker

  1. Andrew Shepherd
    Verified Buyer

    What can I say….it cured my guitar of a stuffy nose. 🙂

    I’d obviously heard many great things about Fralin pickups over the years but they were a bit out of my price range then, a couple of years ago I was building a LesCaster (Les Paul flat slab body routed for Telecaster pickups and managed to nab a second hand Fralin Blues Special for the neck……and I was blown away.
    Great sparkle while not being too shrill, even though that guitar has no volume or tone pots just the toggle selector and a 220k resistor to ground.

    The only guitar I own that was built by an actual guitar company is an original run 2003 Gibson Les Paul Voodoo and it’s always been a bit of a problem child.
    I love the feel of it but the stock pickups were way too hot and though I went through many different pickups over the years (EMG ZW set, Duncan P-rails, Duncan\dimarzio P.A.F.s, etc) it was always a bit flabby in the neck on the wound strings.
    The best point I got too was with a cheap Tonerider Rebel 90 set (for the price they’re actually pretty impressive pickups) but the neck was still a bit muddy on the low strings and a bit too plastic mids on the high strings and they were pretty noisy ith higher gain setting, which is understandable for standard P-90’s.

    Then I decided not to skimp anymore.
    Replaced the bridge with a SUHR Thornbucker and saved up to order Lindy’s Alnico Noiseless P-90, largely due to Fralins description and suggestion that it’s a “good choice to balance a darker guitar”.
    For me that was completely accurate.

    The neck pick up is now clear with a gorgeous sparkle and though it is still a warm sound the low strings a far more focussed and clear, getting just enough of that throaty Blues Special “zing” that I fell inlove with on the LesCaster while still keeping enough of the gruntier P-90 sound.
    It’s also DEAD quiet and I do mean DEAD quiet!
    On my lead sound (Xotic SL Drive pushing into Slash style gain levels) the Alnico Noiseless P-90 is quieter than the SUHR Thornbucker humbucker thats in the bridge.

    The only issue I have is that the two pickups don’t pair well. I’m assuming that’s just a matter of the magnets opposing so a coil split option may work.
    Having said that, I don’t feel the need for the middle position anymore.
    I used it a lot with the toneriders to put a bit more clarity into the neck sound but the Fralin P-90 does such a great job on it’s own that it’s really not necessary and makes swtching between neck/bridge/neck way better for me (I’m pretty unrefined in my switching technique, I kind of just swat the toggle up or down so being precise enough to get the middle position was always very frustrating).

    Also, I’m using it without any volume or tone controls (I never touched then anyway so just decided a few years ago to take them out completely) just pickups->toggle->output jack and it’s not too shrill at all which I’d say suggests it would work just as well in a brighter guitar with appropriately paired volume pot.

    In conclusion, for me this pick up has solved a nearly 20 year battle with my favourite guitar to get it’s true voice out and make it sing.
    I knew the voice was there (despite many people hating on the Voodoo series) I just needed to find it and Fralin helped me do that perfectly.

    Thanks very much to you all1!
    I will definitely be back for more when I’m building my next guitar.

  2. T
    Verified Buyer

    Great pickup with good clarity and tone! My wife approves!

  3. Stewart Cohen
    Verified Buyer

    I think the description and other reviews have covered most of the lovelies about this pickup, but there’s a little to add. In addition to the big, clear, articulate, balanced, uncompressed and natural tone this pickup captures, it’s worth mentioning how well it sounds through a variety of pedals. With tube overdrive, I get a wonderful singing tone with half the gain I need for other pickups. Most notably this pickup holds solid tone through a range of phase, delay, chorus and other ambient pedals that often mask tone. I have this as a neck pickup in an Ibanez Custom 335 style guitar, with a P-92 in the bridge for a little snarl. With some light compression and good EQ, this sounds very much like a classic P90 which sounds great for jazz, but you can’t really decompress a P90 to make it sound like this one. I am thinking that this pickup might be better thought of tonally as a variant of a Dynasonic, or Supro gold foil pickup, but just “bigger”. So glad it’s in my fleet!!

  4. Joseph Pozzolano
    Verified Buyer

    Amazed!

    Buy these pickups, the .015 magic caps, and find your tonal heaven! These pickups have all of touch sensitivity, sonic width, bite, and warmth through my rig (TopHat King Royale and Emplexador) that I could ever ask for. I will be retrofitting all of my guitars pickups with Fralins!

  5. Rose Barr

    Hi folks! I’m going to buying one of your pickups for the purposes of building my own humbucker-routed guitar, and I was wondering if this pickup was voiced more similar to a Tele/Stratty chime, or the slightly warmer sound distinct of a Jazzmaster. I’m looking for a “Jazzmaster sound that fits in a humbucker.” if that makes any sense, and I want to make sure I’m buying the right pickup for me. Additionally, if this is not the pickup that suits my needs, should I just rout the guitar I already planned on using for a project for the noiseless JM pickups Fralin offers? I don’t mind doing this, I just want to know If I’m going to need to do extra routing to get the sound I want. Alternatively, does Fralin offer custom one-off pickups (at a premium of course!) that could be made to achieve this sound? Cheers and thanks! 🙂

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Rose, This pickup really does sound like a Jazzmaster meets a Fender Strat / Tele. It has a lot of the sparkle and chime of a Fender Strat / Tele, but due to the hum-cancelling design of the pickup, the Alnico P90 sounds a bit thicker, closer to the Jazzmaster. I believe you would be happy with this model, based on what you are looking for.

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