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Educate me on the P90

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by latebloomer, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. latebloomer

    latebloomer Tele-Meister

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    Very nice -- where did you get the body parts?

    My Reverend lust has given way to Hanson lust...and no, not the former little boy band: http://www.hansonmusicalinstruments.com/t-90.htm

    That's a $599 P90 tele I've fallen for. I'd buy it for my upcoming birthday if my job situation post-May wasn't so hazy right now.
     
  2. latebloomer

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    I don't suppose you have a sound sample handy for those Harmonic Design pups? I just checked out their website...every time I turn around these days I find another builder I want to sample...damn...
     
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    pics
     
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    +++ On Johnny Thunders and the old New York Dolls
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    Anybody know where the name P90 comes from? Why is it called a P90?
     
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    I'm a big fan of the tones that Sean Costello got on his '53 goldtop. I think that he may have recorded the definitive version of Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate." Here's a live version of Sean on this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q2k3ZFgmV4

    I can listen to the studio version of this for hours on end. And if you listen to it really loud on the CD, at the end you can here someone in the background say, "That was brilliant" (or something like that). And it is: Sean's playing in that song is some of the most emotionally freighted playing that I've ever heard.

    Lollar winds P90s based on the ones in Costello's goldtop: http://www.lollarguitars.com/mm5/me...GP&Product_Code=252&Category_Code=P90-pickups

    I'm pretty sure that most of Costello's tone was the result of him being Sean Costello. Still, it's tempting to get a set of these Lollars.
     
  7. latebloomer

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    I'd like to know how much the shape/format affects P90 tone. Is it a compromise to design a P90 in the shape of a traditional humbucker, a Tele bridge or neck pup, etc?
     
  8. hekawi

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    i loved the p90 sounds that Lennon got from his Casino:



    especially the little fills on "Get Back":



    i recently acquired my first P90 equipped guitar. i am loving this Epiphone Wildkat:

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  9. latebloomer

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    Why did you choose the Wildkat over a Casino? Looks cool.
     
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    got a good deal on the Wildkat used. caught my eye in the store and when i played it just couldn't put it down. "the wand chooses the wizard" i suppose.

    i may still get a Casino down the road. i can never decide between the sunburst (early Beatles) or natural (later Beatles)
     
  11. latebloomer

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    How 'bout the turquoise version? You gotta see it in person to believe it.
     
  12. kddean66

    kddean66 Tele-Holic

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    If you like the P90s and don't have a hangup with Epiphone, get a '56 reissue goldtop. I purchased one within the last 6 or so months and it sounds fantastic. I used a coupon from music 123 for $399 and got a match from GC and haven't looked back.
     
  13. latebloomer

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    How does one get a coupon? Schecter also makes, or made, a goldtop with P90s.

    ESP makes a well-regarded goldtop with humbuckers, which one could replace with HB-sized P90s, I suppose.
     
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    I'm in.... this is the first Gibson and/or LP that I liked enough to buy...

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    And it's quickly becoming my go-to guitar...
     
  16. latebloomer

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    Is that an LP Special? I just had to sell mine...those came equipped with P100s, I think.
     
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    Both are Warmoth bodies and necks, I had them finish the cherry one (pricey), swamp ash just has tung oil on it (cheap). I had a Reverend w/P-90's - it was very nice, lotta bang for the buck. The Hansons look killer too, but I haven't had the chance to try one.
     
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    The Harmonic Designs are very hot. They sound good, but not very "classic" P-90, very bright and pop your amp into overdrive quickly. I tend to use it for heavier stuff rather than blues (which was the original idea).
     
  20. latebloomer

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    Thank you, that's good to know. I like hot P90s, and on OD, but that's not necessarily where I want to go right now.

    Curses the rising cost of GAS...there's no end in sight.
     
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