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$169.00 USD

P90-Bucker ..... Wallow in Rich, Lush TONE


1957 Les Paul with Gibson's new humbucker that
was supposed to sound like a P-90.
The P90-Bucker sounds better than a P-90
but has regular humbucker format.
Brett Kingman's YouTube demo Another demo by Brett


At last, Seth Lovers brief has been fulfilled 57 years after the event, a Humbucker that sounds like Gibson intended it to sound, like a P-90 .... but actually it's so much better then a P-90.  This is one hell of a humbucker, actually a good name would be the "Humbucker From Heaven" because it’s lush sonic purity, gorgeous rich and beautiful tone, outstanding clarity and inspirational dynamics is breathtaking to experience.  If you are chasing better clarity and note definition from the low wounds our regular humbuckers are pretty darn good but the P90-Bucker represents a quantum leap into the superlative.  That's because single coils 'own' clarity and note definition on the low wound strings and the P90-Bucker has a genuine, 100% authentic single coil sound.  Actually it sounds far better than a regular noisy P-90 because it has vastly improved dynamic range.

P90-Bucker  This excellent pickup for the neck position produces gorgeous, highly transparent, lush piano tones from the wound strings and delivered with a nice, expressive whack attack.  Similar to our P-90 Hx Sweet Neck model, it is designed to minimize the messy sound from the neck pickup when the low wound strings are played together.  In the neck position it balances well in terms of loudness and sonic character with most PAF type of pickups in the bridge.  An out-of-the-box pickups that sounds wonderful for Jazz and any music with melody lines (for Surf and twangy instrumentals checkout the Twang-Bucker).

P90-Bucker Clean Bridge  Another excellent pickup that sounds similar to a regular neck model does in the bridge slot.  A little bit louder and a little bit less treble to complement the regular neck model in the neck position.  Choose both for a set that has an overall cleaner sound than the dirty P90-Bucker Heavy.

P90-Bucker Heavy  For bridge position.  Similar to our P-90 Hx model the Nasty 90 produces fat growl with nice sweet biting highs pretty much like (but better sounding than) a regular Gibson P-90.  It's about as loud as our PAF Astound and 59 LPS models. 

Since the P90-Bucker is available only with 50mm pole spread it is suitable only for bridges that have saddle spreads of between 52mm and 53.4mm (I.E. Gibson Tun-O-Matic and copies, modern Twin Pivot vibrato bridges such as Fender, Wilkinson and a bunch of others).

P90-Buckers can not be split to one coil so two conductor hook-up cables only.  Since our Zero-Hum P90 in a humbucker cover delivers such a superb sound, superior to a humbucker, we believe foregoing series parallel switching is a small price to pay.  What would you rather have from one pickup .... 1 superb sound -or- 3 sounds that all fall short?

Various colored top plates and available under the open top Kin-Chrome or Gold covers.  See Technical & Application info section below.

  • Totally immune to microphonic screech.
  • Absolutely Zero-Hum (more silent than regular humbuckers)

Our Humbuckers cancel hum better than any other humbucker but there is another type of noise called 'buzz which can only be minimized by shielding the wiring cavities (refer to >Technical >Perfect Guitar >Shielding for newer guitars)

Patent number 8,791,351 B2

Kinman Humbuckers can be ordered with the optional 2 wire and 5 wire Gibson Quick Connect circuit board connectors shown below.  Check inside the control cavity.

Number of parts in this pickup: 42
Number of parts in normal pickup: 23

Some people will call these "noiseless P-90 pickups in a humbucker cover" but Kinman prefers to describe them correctly as Zero-Hum P-90 pickups in a humbucker cover.  That's because there are 2 types of noise, Hum which is cancelled in the pickup and Buzz which can only be minimized by shielding the wiring cavities (refer to >Technical >Perfect Guitar >Shielding for newer guitars

Technical & Application info:


Distinctive Kinman '240' Gold cover & Cream top-plate The Baseplate is Laser engraved with all Identity info

Introduced August '14.  When Gibson’s President Ted McCarty told Seth Lover to silence the P-90 in 1955 I took that to mean keep the P-90 sound and get rid of the hum.  Well Seth got rid of the hum (almost) but the sound of his humbucker was nothing like a P-90.  Gone were the expressive whack attack and the piano tones of the low wound strings.  Gibson sat on the pickup for 2 years for that reason and only released it in 1957 under pressure in response to Gretsch’s silent Filtertron pickup.  Meanwhile a whole generation of guitar players has grown up not experiencing the wonderful sonic attributes of a gorgeous P-90.  They don’t know what it means to have expressive whack attack and piano tones coming from the low wound strings.  That's because the P-90 was relegated to the back burner due to the massive amount of 60Hz mains hum it produces and it died a death at the hands of Gibson's marketing team and Seth's humbucker.

Some 57 years later in 2013 and Chris Kinman discovers the obscure Law of Electrical Physics that prevents humbuckers from sounding anything like a P-90, especially on the low wound strings.  This Law of Electrical Physics is relatively unknown since one of the few places it operates is in the side-by-side coil arrangement of a humbucker.  From an understanding of the actual problem Kinman devised a solution using our recently Patented technology to allow the coils to produce a more natural string sound free from that destructive Law of Electrical Physics in the coils.  The revolutionary P90-Bucker is the result and gorgeous, transparent, lush piano tones delivered with a highly expressive whack attack is the sound it produces.

Direct replacement for conventional humbuckers such as Gibson, Duncan etc.  Some guitars (a few Ibanez, some Fender Strat and one or two others) have pickups with excessively rounded corners.  If a pickguard is fitted (for example Fender Strat Deluxe) a small modification to the pickguard opening to accommodate a Kinman humbucker is well worth the effort since Kinman's sound so much better.  The cavity in the body is suitable as it is.

Hook-up cable

  • Can not be split so has a 2 conductor hook-up cable.  380mm / 15" long
  • upon request: 3 conductor with outer shield for phase reversal.

Connection means available

  • Bare wires for soldering.
  • Kinman connectors for plugging into any Kinman Goodbye-Soldering Harness.- including the 2 pickup KHP-90 for Gibsons.
  • Gibson 2 wire & 5 wire Quick Connect circuit board connectors shown below.

Output Polarity: 

  • in-phase with Gibson and Copy humbuckers
  • in-phase with all other Kinman pickups
  • opposite phase to Fender Strat

Pot & Capacitor values

  • Best with 500k Ohm for Volume & Tone.  Many Gibson's have 300k which makes a darker, less dynamic sound.
  • Normal tone cap value of 0.022µF in 63 ~ 100 volt Polyester.  Smaller value lessen the severity of Treble cut, higher values increase it.

Pole spread

  • 50mm only, so suitable for all applications except bridge position of a Strat with vintage 6 point bridge, Telecaster bridge and other guitars with a bridge saddle spread greater than 54mm. 
  • For bridge position in Strats with a vintage 6 point bridge which requires pole spread of 53mm an Extra Vintage Astound is good companion pickup.
  • Suitable for all neck position applications.

Covers and colors

  • Open top Natural Nickel-Silver, Kin-Chrome and Gold plated covers.  Our exclusive Kin-Chrome covers have Zero impact on sonic performance and Zero microphonics (a world first)
  • Various colored top plates are available (Black, Cream, White, Blue & Green).
  • Kinman humbuckers are engineered differently without molded plastic bobbins.  Removing covers will not reveal bobbins and we advise against it.