P-90 Les Pauls: Goldtop, Special SC, Special DC,...

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  1. AJBaker

    AJBaker Friend of Leo's

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    I have a long standing itch for a p-90 Gibson style guitar, no doubt stemming from an infatuation with Pete Townsend's red SG Special when I was younger...
    I don't know if I can justify scratching that itch for the moment, but the current Gibson lineup has a lot of great looking p-90 options to look at. Has anyone compared the typical 2x p-90 models out there?
    Do the all sound more or less the same, or do certain models stand out from the others? Does the difference in pickup spacing on certain models make a big difference?
    I'm intrigued by the Tribute model that only has master volume and master tone. Though you lose the blended sounds, it would make life easier if you're switching from a Tele.


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  2. rad1

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    I may someday own the Gibson version, but in the meantime I'm thrilled with the 15 yr old Korean made Epiphone Les Paul Gold Top 56 I picked up.

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  3. AJBaker

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    Very nice!
     
  4. Piggy Stu

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    I got the same thing, and 2 people I lent mine to got one for themselves right away

    I think the 56 Epi is so compelling that I sought out an R4 and went to play it, to see what benefit the Gibson badge made

    Preferred my 56! And this was nothing to do with the fact the R4 was over 5k

    I have an SG with a single p90 and lightening bridge. Fun enough but 2 is better, and I think the TOM and stopbar is also better

    Just me

    Fact is I love Hubert Sumlin. You might prefer the things I don't but a used 56 Epi is about as good as it gets for me
     
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  5. Guitarteach

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    Only one thing better than 2x P90... 3x P90

    Great, fat strat tones.. A genuine leap in terms of versatility.

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  6. Rayf_Brogan

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    If you want a great version of the gold top without breaking the bank, take a look at the 2018 LP Classics.

    I would assume there is no sound difference among the LPs with maple caps.
     
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    P90s are difficult to get wrong. Have an old beater Strat? Buy some ebay P90s and mod. That's what I started with.

    PRS SE P90 Soapbar models are out there.

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    I'd suggest looking up Harley Benton P90 options and getting one of those. Easy to justify the price. Even if you find you need some work on it to bring it up to your playing standards it would be a very low cost option.

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  8. rickthescot

    rickthescot Tele-Holic

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    Scratched that itch with a cheap Epi Special years ago and I am still amazed at how much I like it.
     
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    592AF2C3-DF25-473C-8600-A6562D61B959.jpeg I got the Goldtop thing covered!

    56 epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro is my favorite guitar in my collection. Mods are 50’s wiring with Bourns potentiometers, roller bridge, graphite nut and Gibson tuners.

    The 56 Pro are hard to find but worth the search.
     
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  10. richiek65

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    I have one of these (Hamer XT90) in a different colour, paid AUD170, it's a fun guitar! images (32).jpeg
     
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    Yeah, Pete Townsend's SG tone on Live at Leeds is incredible.

    I love P-90s, every serious guitarist should own a guitar with P-90s. Nothing beats that fat, mid-range, chimey tone. P-90s definitely have their own thing going...The pickups from different vendors (Lollas, Gibson etc..) vary and are influenced by same factors (hight, placement, body style) just like any other style of pickups.

    If you're in the market I highly recommend the 2018 Gibson Les Paul Classic Player if you can still find. The prices dropped with the intro of Gibson's 2019 models. Here's my 2018 in limited edition Orange Sunrise finish.

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    Here's some P-90 goodness...the late great Sean Costello and his Gibson P-90s gold top:

     
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    I have a 1959 Melody Maker that someone put the pickups and wiring harness from a 65 SG Special and it sounds amazing. Those pickups truly are special. 7916986B-D09F-4B1C-8576-A01116575D5E.jpeg
     
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  14. Piggy Stu

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    Leave that juicy orange near me and you're getting it back with bite marks. Forgive me, but I know I could not help myself, even though it is written 'thou shalt not covet another man's lester'

    I feel so sorry for people who cannot 'get' a p90
     
  15. rangercaster

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    People forget that the P90 was the original LP PU ... They got it right the first time ...
     
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    You can get a used Studio 60s Tribute for a good price. I bought mine new and it's a real good guitar.

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    I love P-90 guitars. Got an LP Special DC and two SG Juniors, too.

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  17. Jsil13

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    The new Gibson Classic series has some pretty intriguing models. They have an SG Special in faded Pelham blue that looks pretty awesome and an Sg Jr both at decent prices. I'll be waiting for them to start popping up used in a bit.
     
  18. IronSchef

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    You can get Gibson’s today for some great prices - I just got this new 2018 BFG for $650. The p90s in it are fantastic!

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    I bought a 50s Tribute, back in 2014. A good option, for the thrifty Gibson player, who prefers a fat neck.

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    If you like a lightweight, small body instrument, you could look for an old Blueshawk…
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    You like quirky? A Guild, perhaps?

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    I must also add a big +1, to the Epiphone Gold Top, with an honourable mention to the excellent 339 Pro P90 and to finish on a high...…

    One of the greatest of all P90 instruments, the Epiphone Casino. Definitely NOT just for playing Beatles' covers......
     
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  20. StrangerNY

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    If you can find one of these, you'll get a really good P-90 guitar for a very reasonable price.

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    I've only got the Burst one left - I gave the cherry one to an old friend from Philly.

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