A Phat Cat is an actual single-coil P-90 Soapbar guitar pickup that fits under a humbucker guitar pickup cover and drops into humbucker-equipped guitars. The tone is big and fat, er, phat. It uses two... Read More
A Phat Cat is an actual single-coil P-90 Soapbar guitar pickup that fits under a humbucker guitar pickup cover and drops into humbucker-equipped guitars. The tone is big and fat, er, phat. It uses two Alnico 2 magnets for more sustain and softer attack. Also, the metal covers provide more shielding and noise reduction than standard soapbar covers. Comes with single-conductor hookup cable.
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This Pickup has a true vintage tone to it! easy to install and really sounds fat! and just looks awesome siting in my Gibson sg standard.
This is the finest single coil...almost humbucker style pickup I've ever had. I love CCR, and I get that swampy, but rock solid in your face timbre that will knock your socks off. It cleans up VERY nicely, expresses blues beyond reproach, and handles rock and roll exceptionally well, especially when used in conjunction with a humbucker (middle position on a Paul). This baby bites and won't let go...I tried it with a pedal "Freeze." That's my CCR sound...Eagles, Doobies, Moody Blues, Skynyrd, etc. Perfect 5 in my book!
I just install a Phat Cat in the the neck position on a G&L Asat BluesBoy USA. It replace a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover. The sound is fantastic, as a P90 should be. Good quality. I like a lot the P90 mean sound. I tried a set of Mississipi Queen from Bare Knucle: very expensive and too bright. I have also a guitar with P90 from Jason Lollar: also expensive but excellent. The best for me. But for the money, nothing compare to the Phat Cat. Very satisfied.
I got these for a project after hearing the sound samples on the seymour duncan web site, trying to pay more attention to diffrences in tones as appossed to what amp the guitar is being played through. I liked the neck pickup right off the bat and would reccomend this for any clean sound out there. The bridge pickup, to me, had too much strat(single coil)sound to it. After a while of having mismatched pickups I decided on re-installing the bridge pickup and as our tastes(ears) change over time I fell in love with the bridge pickup as well. I can't speak highly enough of these as a set they take the best of both worlds:single-coil violin-like tones and humbucker noise control and depth, and combine them into one package. These paired with the right distortion and you've got an aggresive sound that is unique, cause really nobody knows about these pickups. They are difintely a sleeper "cell" in the seymour duncan arsenal.
i have always been a strat fan but so many people speak so highly of Les Pauls that i had to try one, i bought a nice black Les Paul Studio 1997 with a rare ebony fingerboard and though i love the sounds it gives with distortion the cleans were never very satisfying....i decided to try and fix this by replacing the bridge pickup and read a lot and finally purchased the phat cat, after replacing the original the original Gibson Humbucker that comes stock with the new phat cat my Les Paul has come alive!! the cleans have improved so much and the distortion is so clear!! i certainly would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve the cleans and all around sound on an Humbucker equipped guitar...
Okay well I used this pickup in the neck with a JB humbucker in the bridge. This was to get varying tones and a more original sound. This pickup sounds alot like a P90 but not just like it. Different in its own good way. I like this pickup because it can be hot and thick but it is also very clear. I can easily hear individual notes cleary even when playing with distortion channel and a bit of gain. Very impressed. I like the pedal alot. I would buy it again if a similiar situation arose.
I originally got the SPH90-1B Phat Cat to replace the bridge pickup in my Ibanez hollowbody. In a fit of weirdness, though, I ended up installing in the neck position on my 2006 Telecaster. I decided to remove the pick guard to take a look at the rout and think about some new pickup options, and decided to see if the Phat Cat would fit...and it dropped right in!! With much better output than the stock neck pickup, it remains well balanced when clean, but turns to pure raunch and snot when you add fuzz, overdrive or distortion. The tones I got from this amazing (not so) little guy in the neck ranged from beautiful to screaming. And in a surprise turn, when I tried blending the stock Fender bridge pickup with the Phat Cat in the neck, I found one of the glassiest, clearest clean tones my ears have EVER encountered. Tele players, take note, this pickup really can help your favorite Fender do anything!
I play a Gibson Les Paul Studio and I must say that this pickup has truly brought out the best in my guitar sound. My guitar started with the burst buckers that were a bit too bright and lacked real power in the lower frequencies. I then moved to Zakk Wylde EMG's that were brutal for heavy stuff but I moved on from that. I remember playing my buddies Les Paul Jr. with a P90 through my gear and it sounded amazing. I could have my distortion set pretty heavy but still get clean open chords. I went to Guitar Center and bought the Phat Cat to fill in my hum bucker space in the bridge position... perfection. I get compliments all the time on my set up and it is largely due to this pickup. If you have a hum bucker space and want a real single coil P90 sound, this is the one for you.