I gotta be honest with everyone. I'm surpised at how much attention this thread is getting. I thought for sure it would have ended up in "Next Page Land" by now, but it looks like there is some serious love for P90s out there.
This '59 LP Special was my only guitar for years, and the bridge p90 was and still is the perfect example of my ideal lead tone, which I'd describe as assertive without being overbearing... Here's a quick clip:
I also have an Epi jr w/ a p90, not the newer '57 set neck, but the older one w/a bolt on neck..I've heard a lot of people say this little dog eared p90 needs to be replaced, but I think it sounds fine--I use it for slide exclusively.
Neat song- slightly reminiscent of early Peter Green when he played with Mayall. Think "So Many Roads".
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Here's a recent Gadow I picked up. This came stock with SD Vintage P90's. I was originally going top swap these for some Fralins (my favorite), but these sound great in this particular guitar. They remind me of a past Fralin 15% underwound/stock set I had.
I've owned gobs of P-90s in the last 40 years......the ones that came on a '57 wheat LP Special were surprisingly wonderful.
The best P-90 I've ever had is one that was wound for me by Zhangliqun,absolutely a ridiculous tone monster at 9.3k.
Can you or e-merlin post a picture of the Firenza? The only ones I found on the web were HSS...if that's even the same guitar...
There were five flavors of Peavey Firenza made, the first two were made in Meridian, and are basically a Strat copy, quality-wise in between Peavey's Falcon and Predator Strat copies. Those have 6-inline tuners, and a pickguard, ala a Strat. Both are decent guitars, but they don't have the same chubby necks and outright mojo factor as the Leakesville Firenzas, IMHO.
The three flavors of Leakesville Firenza were all made in Leakesville MS, and have 3-per side tuners and pickups are mounted directly to the body, ala the Wolfgang.
Sorry in advance for the poor picture quality. The first pic is all three flavors, from left to right: Firenza AX (HH, solid ash body, Gotoh Powerbend tremolo, Schaller locking tuners) Soapbar Firenza (solid mahogany body, two Gotoh KMS V90 soapbar pickups, Gotoh TOM bridge) Firenza JX, HSS on a 5 way, basswood body, string thru body bridge ala an Anderson-style Tele).
The rest of the pics are all soapbar Firenzas... (aren't you glad I don't have grandchildren yet?! )
For something a little out of the ordinary (compared to a straight-up P-90) I really dig the TV Jones P-tron pickups. Granted, they're more or less Gretsch pickups (Filtertrons, Supertrons, Magnatrons) in a P-90 sized housing so they don't really sound exactly like a P-90, but they have a very cool, unique vibe to 'em that's unlike anything else out there. I have a parts Jazzmaster project in the works (well, just planning stages thus far) which I'm gonna drop a pair of those in (probably the Magnatron versions).
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