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

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  1. Pointmonger

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    I paid $269 for my 339 P90 Pro, brand new. Best deal I ever got. Fantastic guitar.
     
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    These Epi Goldtops are nice guitars .This is a 2010 Chinese model bought new which i`ve heard arent as good as the forerunners but i love it ,cant find nuffin wrong wiv it. p90s in LP`s or SGs are sweet

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    I'm a big fan of P90s. My favorite pickup.

    I've got three LP bodied P90 guitars;

    an Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 in Worn Cherry, my Open G/Slide guitar. A Xavier XV-400, my Tuxedo LP Jr clone.finally, my favorite of this body style, an Agile AD-201 TY Yellow:
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    As you can see, it's styled after early Melody Makers, but it's a full thickness body, but with P90 soap bar neck and an adjustable dog ear bridge. It originally came with ceramic pups, but I swapped the magnets for Alnico 3s The pots wear already full size Alphas, I just swapped the tone cap for '50's style wiring.

    My other P90 guitars are an Epiphone Casino (Natural), with Buddha Rewinds and a Douglas Gravity (Thinline clone) I routed for a Buddha P90 neck and Buddha Tele Bridge.

    There's just something about P90s through a Vox, that is just the sweetest, crunchy Rock and Roll!
     
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    Here’s my 70 Lester / SD p90’s
     
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    My 'poor man's R6' is a 2011 Trad Pro with the (one-year only?) pull-up coil-tapped pickups. The guy who had it before me put on proper keystones (the cream color) to replace the factory rotomatics, and I just put on the more vintage poker chip. Weighs 11lb, correct narrow/tall frets, nearly plays itself, p90 tone for miles...

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  6. richey88

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    So I played a 2019 LP Special Tribute today. I have the Jr Trib, but the Special was really good, neck pickup sounded very sweet. Just clean thru an old Ampeg Reverbrocket. Hmmmm.....
     
  7. timbraun

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    I like the Specials, maybe the right hand on the flat top is part of it. P-90's been good tone for me, too. I have a problem with the buzz / hum from lighting systems, so I'm trying some no-hum options.

    The Fralin no-hum P-90 in my DC bridge position sounds good, I'm waiting on one for the neck position. I've got the DC set up nicely, but my SC (new to me) needs some work to get the neck right.

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    Tort guard looks great.
     
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    Wait, how do you coil tap a P90? I thought they were single coils?
     
  10. fraser

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    My guess is, it’s overwound with extra lead wires, so yu can select multiple levels of hot.
    Not coil tapped in the traditional tapped humbucker way,
    But with more than one place within the pickup winding to hit the amp.
    That gives you a more versatile pickup for sure.
     
  11. soulman969

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    Epiphone's '56 Gold Top Reissue is a great lower cost alternative to a pricier Gibson. I've compared mine to a buddies Gibson and we found the Epi is at least 90% of the way there. A slight difference in the pickups with the Gibson's being a bit grittier was about all the difference we could find and the Epi is 1/3 the price. Not as easy to find used but Reverb usually has a few. It's where I found mine.

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    Sparkly Dearmond M75 with Gibson dog ears. Nuthin' I don't like here.
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    Hamer XT Sunburst with a Duncan Phat Cat at the neck -- matches well with the Hamer bridge humbucker.
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    Wilkinson and others can do a ‘tapped’ P90.. . A coil tap is a tap on a section of the wire... not the same as a coil spilt, where you take just one of the pair of coils of a humbucker.

    You can wind a coil tap in on a pot or switch to go from underwound and open and airy to overwound and hot. Wilkinson P90s are bargains. It’s a hard design to get wrong I think.

    I played every number at a 3 day festival this weekend with my 3x P90 Fretking Esprit with Wilkinson’s and had several really nice, unprompted comments on the great tone from several other guitarists.
     
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  15. King Fan

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    ^^^ just right. The difference is 'split' vs. 'tapped.' From the Halo guitar site:

    "Both terms refer to electric guitar pickups, and while the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, coil splitting and coil tapping are definitely not the same thing.

    Coil splitting refers in particular to humbucking pickups, in which two coils of wire and two magnets are used together. These coils and magnets are of opposite polarity, which cancels (“bucks”) unwanted noise and hum and produces higher output and a thicker, heavier sound. In coil splitting, the connection between the two coils of a humbucking pickup is broken, disabling one coil and allowing the other to continue to function.

    In effect, coil splitting turns a humbucking pickup into a single-coil pickup - a useful feature for guitarists who like both options at their fingertips without having to switch guitars. On instruments that feature it, coil splitting is usually accomplished by means of various onboard switching types.

    Coil tapping, on the other hand, refers in particular to single-coil pickups. Tapping a coil means taking the signal from somewhere within the coil of wire rather than from the end of it, thus reducing pickup output (more windings means higher output); it too is accomplished by onboard switching. Some high-output single-coil pickups use coil taps to produce lower output that more closely resembles that of, say, a vintage Fender single-coil pickup."
    Tapped P90s are great for jazz (think 1956, after all), or rhythm, or for tweed amps (think 5f1 up to 5e3) where full P90 signal can overload the low and mid frequencies. It may be kinda like turning down the pup, but it's instant on/off and involves no other issues.
     
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  16. maggieo

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    I just found something that is even better than my SG. An Eastman T64/v:

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    Duncan Antiquities, Gotoh ABR bridge, CTS pots and orange drop caps, shellac and violin varnish finish hand made by expert luthiers in Beijing (yep, a high-end guitar from China!) It out-Casinos any Casino built after, say, 1975. How good is it? I traded my Fano TC6 for it.
     
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    This is my favorite. Epiphone Les Paul with Gibson pickups and an ebony board. Love the 50’s neck and the satin finish.

    I’m gassing for another particular p90 guitar, but the only one I can find right now has a Bigsby, which I’d actually rather not have. Not sure I’d want to mod it either, but we’ll see.
     
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  18. AJBaker

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    Beautiful!
     
  19. bossaddict

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    Sorry if I've posted this before, but here's an informal comparison I did a couple of years ago. It started as a quick demo of my doublecut Junior that I had just gotten, but then I decided to add in the rest of my P-90 Gibsons on the fly.

     
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