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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Stanford Guitar, Mar 9, 2021.
Early 00s Gibson Les Paul Special Faded.
Those are awesome.
Schecter Tempest Special if you can find one. Double Duncan Designed P90s, Tone Pros Bridge and Grover tuners stock from the factory. Sure it’s funky but it’s not what everyone else has.
Almost bought one of those when I was a kid, that thing plugged into one of those big-ass amps we used to haul around sounded real sweet. But, that was a long time ago, back in the dark ages.
Reverend Charger 290
Reverend Jetstream 390
Guitars with 3 P90s are sometimes magical!
I don't believe they're still made. I love the Korina model. Several years ago I came across a sunburst one on Ebay for a decent price, and snapped it up. Of course, I can't leave ANYTHING stock......so I added a tone control and neck pickup. The PRS P-90 compares very well to my 1960 double cut Les Paul Jr.
I had a sunburst one for a while, nice guitar. But like the Squier 51, used prices are high because people now realize what good guitars they are.
As someone who has two SG Juniors, they get my vote.
I've got one of those! Great guitar if you can find one.
Mine needed a refin because someone attempted a TV Yellow finish and messed it all up. That pic was taken right after I painted it, it looks a little more 'worn in' now.
I have checked those out - weird pickguard, but once you get used to it, it's as good as any of the other special / junior pickguards. The two I played had lots of cool vibes but if I'm being quite honest, the overall quality was not great, "cheap but not a bargain" I would say.
I'm sure with a great setup they could be killer players though.
Les Paul Special Tribute. Love mine
About ten years ago, I was in Torrance, Ca 'Best Buy' with my son and grandson; they were looking for something specific, so I tagged along-until we walked by the 'music room' and there, hanging on the wall, was this cherry-stained Epiphone 'Wildkat'; All gold hardware, Bigsby tailpiece-and a pair of kick-ass P-90s. I bought it-fast!! I somehow convinced the airport security that the guitar in the gig-bag wasn't a bomb, I was in no way, affiliated with ISIS, Russia, or anyone else-so I actually got it on board-and it stayed up forward with the stewardesses. I recently re-adjusted the neck, put a set of 12's on it, and it plays like a dream.
Reverend Jetstream 390 in gold or ivy. I like the gold. They also have sunburst, orange and a sonic blue color.
Lots of good options out there.
I'd say a Casino or ES-330 are something everyone needs. The hollow+p90 sound is awfully good.
I'm set on P90s, between my Casino and my Strange Plankster.
if money is no object...les paul gold top with p90s
squier tele custom ii w/p90s
When these came out I hated them. I thought they were ugly as sin, cause of the pickguard. But the longer they float around, and the more I see them, the more I start to like it.
I’d play that. I dig it.
Depends on your budget. If you want one on the cheap I'd highly recommend an Epi ES339 P90 Pro. Here's mine:
Back in the '90s I had one of these, US Hamer Special. Only guitar I regret trading away (I did trade it for my US Tele though). They had Seymour Duncan pickups, which IMO were fantastic sounding. They go for around $1K used now:
I guess some parameters would be helpful? Cheap, not, hollow, solid, bolt, glued, 'murican, furrin', etc?
I personally would go for a Jr., because a single-pickup Gibson seems like the P-90-est P-90, and I'm trying to buy fewer things and higher quality these days. Plus I already have a Special.
Although current Casinos are getting pretty high marks, and I have been hearing a lot of Interpol on my streaming stations....
Plays like a dream, sounds lovely!
I have a Squier Custom that I converted to its P90-slinging cousin a la Custom II. Looks like it is not currently in production. But maybe you could score one relatively cheap used?
What I’d like try in a similar vein is a Squier Cabronita (Thinline, Jazzmaster big single coil soap bars, and so maybe not too hard to retrofit with P90s, is gassing for them)...
...or a Squier Starcaster would also seem nice if it had similar pickups, and offer a chance to try the WRHBs!