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Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by cam.man67, Oct 13, 2016.
Did you swap the neck HB for a P90?
Swapped them both. Re-wired it with a Gibson p94 in the neck and a SD 59 in bridge.
I have a thread about it here somewhere.
Update: It finally came.
I have an ES339 and a LP Special 1 with P90s. I was going to sell the LP with P90s until I decided to do a bit of a setup (lower the action which was too high) and put on new strings (nines, 'cause I'm a wimp, and, even with the 24.75" scale, tens were too stiff for me) and after that, I'm loving it. The action was so high it was killing the tone and sustain, but now it's singing like a bird.
First Epiphone I encountered was a 61 Casino with mini humbuckers in my first serious band in 1973
owned by our brilliant lead player who could play anything at age 16. Truly!
I later owned a Texan as well as a Japanese 12 string and it was all solid woods and badged by Gibson. The E was not embossed ( raised) in those early models and the quality of these was equal to Gibson guitars.
About a year ago after finding I just couldn't bond with the humbuckers I traded my Lucille for this Casino. Didn't play it much for nearly a year because I was spending more time on bass but began to play it a whole lot more this month and wow. It's versatility plus; Jazz, Rock, Blues and even some Country Rock I can find something that work. Wish we'd never gotten away from P90s.
Traded locally and the former owner had it very well setup so all I had to do was bring the action down a bit and restring it with .010s. I've been after a hollow or semi-hollow body with P90s forever. Tried a Modern Player but that wasn't the one. Then I went the humbucker route with an ES339 and the Lucille. Both were superb guitars but humbuckers must not be my thing.
It finally came down to a Casino Coupe or an ES339/P90 to try and then this trade came up. Now I'm glad I stuck with a full size Casino. This is the one and in all honesty these dog ear P90s aren't all that noisy, they sound great and the neck pickup solos very well. Neck only did not work for me with humbuckers. So another niche was filled by another keeper. This one stays.
I've had this USA Epiphone Spirit for a long time. It was made at the Kalamazoo plant September 1982. The neck is to die for. Just feels so nice in the hand and as it's a three piece it's pretty stable. I don't understand why the three piece Gibson necks of this era get a bad rep. It's more stable and probably tougher than a one piece, and it's maple on this one as well. The body is pretty light but it balances well. I think it's probably poplar, as the early ones are generally understood to be.
I really wanted a two pickup version back when these were new but they were out of my then 14 year old price range. Back then I ended up with a new Gibson Sonex instead but never bonded with it. I jumped on this one years ago based on my lust for a Spirit and was so happy I did. I find it helps to put an EQ pedal on it to help add some voicing and keep it from being too one dimensional. But boy that one dimensional sound is nice!
The face of it is in pretty good shape but the body has it's fair share of dings on the edges. The frets are original and in excellent shape.
My '62 Sorrento reissue the day it arrived.
Have a buddy who has a vintage lefty Sorrento. Nice axe!!
My nodded Epiphone Dot Studio, with GFS Mean 90s, and TONE-VOLUME-VOLUME wiring.
Now THAT...is nice. Great pic of it, too.
Now that is a solid Rock out with your (shut yo mouth) combo.
I never thought those VHT amps were much to look at, but the ones I've heard always sounded good.
I decided to find out if those cheap Epiphone - Gibson - Special Model - with Humbucker could be transformed into a P90 sound machine. So, I bought one and spent 115 dollars on a Mint condition specimen built in 2000 that came from the factory with a set of Epiphone Humbuckers . I found the TFW ( The Fret Wire Store - eBay) and got a set of TFW Humbucker sized P 90. I got those today and 30 minutes later with a new set of strings, this guitar actually has " a sound". It's no longer just a noise-maker. It actually has a good CLEAN and WARM sound I can listen to. Here are some pictures because.... if there are no pictures... it did not happen. Right??
I did some playing using my Princeton Reverb Reissue '65 and my Vox AC15C1 with Blue Alnico just to get some more experience with the sound of these P90's. BTW they are 7.4K Ohm each.
Typically I run the Tone controls on 5. For this guitar I need to increase Treble to about 8 and reduce the Bass to about 4 to retain the percussion in the sound so that it sounds " explosive". I can even run a Katana Clean Boost. The sound is nothing close to a humbucker. ( which is what I was looking for ). It's a mellow middle-ly " round" sound with a serious bottom and a top that is not ice picky. Turning down 25-35 % the one Tone control , the high end is getting less pronounced. Increasing volume on the amp to 5 or more start increasing the overdrive , a very pleasant thickening of the overall sound.
2/ Vox AC15C1 with Blue Alnico
ON both standard and TOP BOOST channel the guitar overdrives the bottles more. It's very " english" sounding. 3-string cords sound HUGE and very pleasing to the ear. At 11 o'clock on the volume dial, the amp starts to overdrive. here is less of a clean sound envelope compared with the Princeton, it's just a great rock and blue sound.
Overall, I like it a lot. More to experiment tomorrow.
Earlier today I got to the local GC store. I played a 2000 Gibson Junior double cutaway with P 90 through a Princeton Reverb '65 and a Vox AC10C. This P 90 sound stayed cleaner longer and the quality of the sounds was better. No doubt because of the quality of the pickups. Then I got some time with a Gibson Les Paul 2018 with P 90's. That had the best P90 sound but then it's a 1,000 dollars guitar.
My conclusion... if I would spend 80-100 dollars on high quality P90's (each) in a humbucker format.. the result would be stunning !!
I think there would be almost NO difference in sound quality between the Epi and the Gibby's. The necks of the Epi and the Gibson's were alike... very much so and played well..
This exercise started because I have a Les Paul Classic 1960 with humbuckers and I just do not like the sound of that guitar . So, it's either selling or pulling the pickups and perhaps "invest" in a set of P90's ( in humbucker size) is the solution. I will see.
Here is my recently acquired second hand 2015 Casino Coupé. I can tell from the serial number that it was made in Qingdao, China.
Looks as good as new and came with an equally new Epiphone hard shell case. All for £250. Very pleased with it. I love the natural finish and most of all the fact that it is so wonderfully lightweight that it doesn't give me lower back pain from playing it standing up, unlike my ES-335 clone (Vintage VSA555). The Casino is around 5 and half lbs while the 335 clone is 8lb. Doesn't sound like a huge difference but it is enough to cause my aging, creaking back joints problems.
I had to raise the action as it was buzzing on the 1st string, second fret. It is OK now.
Quick question - not sure if this is the best forum for it.
I love the colours available in the joe bonamassa epiphone les Paul series however I know nothing about les Pauls!
Can anyone tell me, apart from the Bigsby - is there any difference between the Inverness green model of 2015 and the current gold top on offer?
The green ones certainly seem to be a lot more expensive in Aus? And not sure if that’s purely from the Bigsby or the fact that they are limited edition and there are fewer green ones around?
I’m not sure if the goldtop has had a couple of runs ?
Here's one few have seen and very few own. A 1961 Epiphone Zephyr E312T. Most have Epiphone "New York" pickups but this one has the more desirable Gibson mini-humbuckers (PAF-like in construction and sound). It's a thinline 17 3/8" hollowbody with no center block; sunburst spruce top with dark mahogany sides/back - and very little lacquer checking; the pots are oddly encased inside soldered containers, a quirk of US-made Epiphone archtops.
It's probably the best overall playing and sounding electric guitar I own (out of a few dozen!). Nice, smooth jazz tone to spanky treble and everything in between. The neck is a dream to hold - a slightly thinner version of Gibson's '59 profile. And it weighs just 4 pounds - supposedly they were made of solid wood and pressed into the arched shape. It's 100% original with the brown case - a fantastic guitar! There are a few floating around for sale and they're not cheap - ones in this condition have been going for...well, they seem to be one of the most expensive Epiphones produced.
Here's my 2012 Epi Riviera
That is beautiful! How's the single coil hum from the P-90?