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Can I get some JM tones with some Phat Cat P90's with a ash Tele ?

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  • Can I get some JM tones with some Phat Cat P90's with a ash Tele ?

    Got a chance to jump into a JM cover band and the closest axe i can get to work with it will be my custom built ash tele but it has two hums in it .
    If I put some Phat Cat P90's in it and dialed it in some do you think I can get close enough to pull it off ?
    I know John mainly uses SC pickups but he is also known to use a Gibson Hollow body with hums and a Tele from time to time.
    If I can get close to this I'm good , not wanting to buy another guitar at this moment .

    https://youtu.be/ktyhXq00RxQ
    Last edited by JB6464; 04-19-2021, 10:31 AM.

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    he is known for his strat tone but you can make anything work with the right amp

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    • #3
      Ahh, I thought it was John McLaughlin...
      Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jeremy View Post
        he is known for his strat tone but you can make anything work with the right amp
        Correct , I don't have a Strat right now just a few custom made Tele Deluxe guitars and LP's .
        I was thinking maybe I can pull off some of his neck position strat tones with the P90 closer than a low out put humbucker which is not close enough imo .
        Can a Phat Cat P90 even get close to a Strat SC tone ?
        Last edited by JB6464; 04-19-2021, 11:20 AM.

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        • #5
          not really. you could get closer if you mag swapped but a p90/phat cat is always gonna be beefier than jms super scooped strat tone.

          you could get a rod magnet bucker size p90 made and that could get pretty close

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          • #6
            I think you could get JM tones with P90s, and probably pretty close with your humbuckers too to be honest. JM's main tones aren't just straight singles into the amp - he uses various drives and preamps to add output and juice. If you just work your guitar volume knob to be a hot dirty blues tone at 10 and a clean at 6-8, and EQ your amp to boost the mids and reduce the mids, you'll get real close.

            For me, especially since this is a band and not a studio re-creation project, I'd be thinking more of "juicy blues tone" than "John Mayer's specific Strat tones". It's at least worth a few tries at practice before ripping your guitar up.
            Originally posted by crusty philtrum
            Anyone who *sings* at me through their teeth deserves to have a bus drive through their face
            http://www.youtube.com/alexiansounds

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            • #7
              My other idea was a SC in a humbucker slot that SD sells from their CS .
              Outside looks like a Phat Cat but it has the staggered SC poles and is truly a SC underneath .
              Downside it's not cheap .

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