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    Music Man Axis MM90

    Just picked up a sweet used Axis MM90.
    I absolutely love the P90s, but am considering swapping one out with a P90 shaped humbucker. Looking for input from anyone who has experience (or opinions) on the matter:
    • I am considering leaving the bridge P90...would a neck bucker have enough crunch?
    • Leaning toward Dimarzio Super Distortion, but not sold on it...any other recommendations on P90/min humbucker/firebird pups that just rock

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    Some people did it but as far as I remember you need to remove a bit of wood for the pickup to fit
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    DiMarzio makes a P90 shaped version of a few of their buckers...definitely not looking to route the body!

    P90 Super DistortionTM | DiMarzio
    Last edited by wesman11483; 11-06-2018 at 11:03 AM.

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    Do a search for Jamie Humprhies- he has a few videos with his Axis Super Sport, featuring an MM90 in the neck and Dimarzio DLX Plus in the bridge.

    (I'm about to do the same thing to my old MM90 Sport.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    Do a search for Jamie Humprhies- he has a few videos with his Axis Super Sport, featuring an MM90 in the neck and Dimarzio DLX Plus in the bridge.

    (I'm about to do the same thing to my old MM90 Sport.)

    I wonder how those would sound reversed...I've only seen that done sparingly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesman11483 View Post
    Just picked up a sweet used Axis MM90.
    I absolutely love the P90s, but am considering swapping one out with a P90 shaped humbucker. Looking for input from anyone who has experience (or opinions) on the matter:
    • I am considering leaving the bridge P90...would a neck bucker have enough crunch?
    • Leaning toward Dimarzio Super Distortion, but not sold on it...any other recommendations on P90/min humbucker/firebird pups that just rock
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    Quote Originally Posted by wesman11483 View Post
    DiMarzio makes a P90 shaped version of a few of their buckers...definitely not looking to route the body!

    P90 Super DistortionTM | DiMarzio
    Depth issues size ok fit the space perfectly but as far as I remember you need to route more deeply
    EVH Hardtail Red 1995
    Axis Sport SSS Trem Transparent Purple 1998
    Axis Sport MM90 Trem Transparent Orange 1999
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    Albert Lee MM90 Hardtail Dargie Delight 2007
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    I haven’t tried to fit a P90 sized HB into the MM90 rout. I’ve done this swap with other P90 loaded guitars, and it fit with no additional routing. Take measurements.

    If I had to make a recommendation, I’d get a set of DiMarzio DLX’s. Plenty of crunch, and I’ve heard them do everything from cleans to metal levels of distortion with ease.
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    From the way I remember it the MM90 is not exactly the same dimensions as a traditional P-90. They are slightly different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Alien View Post
    From the way I remember it the MM90 is not exactly the same dimensions as a traditional P-90. They are slightly different.
    The main issue is depth.
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