Monty’s Jazzmaster-sized Leviathan P90 delivers the tone of Monty’s girthiest P90 in a Jazzmaster sized casing, perfect for transforming your Jazzmaster into a high output rock machine.
Monty’s Leviathan P90 is the hottest, most raucous P90 that we have ever made. With absolutely nothing in the way of subtlety and absolutely everything in the way of gloriously overdriven P90 tone, the Leviathan is the perfect choice for anyone looking to experience the visceral joy of a brazen rock monster.
The Leviathan P90 marries all the girth of a high-output humbucker with the distinctive upper-midrange character of a good P90. We particularly love using the Leviathan as a bridge pickup, often pairing it with a fairly low output neck pickup. This truly dynamic duo allows for crystalline cleans on the neck pickup, whilst -with the mere flick of a switch- the Leviathan can push your amp into a magnificent natural overdrive.
Equally, for the rock demons amongst you, the Leviathan P90 is also available as a matched set. It goes without saying that one can’t just put one’s overwound pickup in the neck position and expect everything to go smoothly. In order to avoid the muddiness inherent in high output neck pickups, we have employed the stronger Alnico VI magnet, which keeps a nice treble bite without sacrificing any of the fatness of an overwound pickup. A Leviathan set into a big, cranked tube amp is a very joyous noise indeed (our team of distinctly under-qualified law experts have advised me to recommend hearing protection).
We make our JM-sized P90’s pickups in exactly the same way as our regular P90s, making sure that the coil, magnet and polepieces are exactly the same shape, size and material. This ensures that our Jazzmaster-sized Leviathan P90 doesn’t merely resemble the sound of the regular P90, but is actually the same pickup, the only functional difference being the footprint of the cover.
Wax potted to ensure no unwanted squealing, even at ridiculous gain levels
Scatter wound with Formvar wire
Neck: Alnico VI, 10k
Bridge: Alnico V, 11.3K