Chris Shiflett on his P-90s: “I just fell in love with that guitar all over again”

Here them in use on Foo Fighters' Concrete & Gold.

Chris Shiflett
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Foo Fighters guitar player and Americana artist Chris Shiflett recently revealed his love for P-90 pickups, stating that “There’s something about P-90s; they have that honkyness to them. Even when they’re really hot, you still hear all the details, you still hear all of the notes.”

In a recent interview with MusicRadar.com, Shiflett revealed the P-90s in his Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt model are based off those found in a 1968 non-reverse Firebird he acquired while recording Foo Fighters’ seminal Wasting Light.

Shiflett used the guitar on both his previous album, West Coast Town, and most recent release Hard Lessons, revealing that the pickups revived his love of the Custom Shop model: “I put those noiseless P-90s in, and I just fell in love with that guitar all over again. I played it a lot again when I made West Coast Town, and then again on Concrete And Gold. When we were getting ready to tour I was like, ‘I need something I can take on tour with those pickups in’.”

Chris Shiflett’s Hard Lessons is out now on East Beach Records & Tapes/Thirty Tigers.

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