Who loves a P90 Les Paul?

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  1. Tommy Biggs

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    I wish mine was a Gibson single cut, but it isn’t...
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  2. stratoman1

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    This might be a good time to check out Chicago Music Exchange. I don't think Gibson is changing model year specs like they used to so they might not have blowouts like before but it can't hurt to look
     
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    Still sounds pretty awesome through that rig I bet
     
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    How about a “sorta” answer?
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    I love my R6, but, uh, P90s, not so much.
    I am awaiting another Alnico V Staple pickup from The Seymour Duncan custom shop for the bridge position.
    The guitar is great.
    I think it has some mojo from it’s previous owner, the brilliant Peter Stroud.
     
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  5. Piggy Stu

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    This thread has made me drool. Out visiting the in laws and growling p90 distorting would be the antidote to discussions about pension plans and how 1990 is 30 years ago

    Correct answer to 'who likes p90s' is 'all right thinking guitarists'
     
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  6. Bob Womack

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    I love the sound of a Les Paul with P-90s but apparently they don't like me back. When I owned one, whenever I was working with it and my wife walked by she would ask, "What on earth is that background racket?" It is true that P-90s are the noisiest pickups on the planet. Oh, well. I traded it.

    Bob
     
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  7. Piggy Stu

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    Traded your wife?
     
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    I’m in agreement with your missus.
    95% of the guitar players I know like P90s.
    I understand why they do, I just dislike the hum, and the “nastiness”.
    They never sound clean and clear to me.
    I even like a lot of stuff recorded with them.
    The brilliant solo on Sir Paul’s My Love (Henry McCullouch’s 68 gold top), and Leslie West’s work leap to mind.
    I just can’t hang with em’.
    My first LP was a 68 gold top, with P90s, and I had a 56 Junior.
    Oh, well, more for y’all.
     
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  9. stratoman1

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    I like that setup. Are you getting the Neil Young vibe from it ?
     
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    BE10BE31-B44C-4D61-ADD9-18DFB375F694.jpeg I have a beautiful 15 yr old Korean made Epi Les Paul Gold Top 56 that Recently I gutted and replaced everything in it and put in Gibson P90’s.

    love the warm mellow sound at low volume, plus the bark if I want it


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  11. Bob Womack

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    Never. Besides being strong, loyal, sweet, a non-complainer, and gorgeous, she is my guitar enabler.

    Bob
     
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    I love the tonal nastiness as an alternate sound and think the combination of maple cap and P-90 is perfect. I was introduced to it by the work of David Gilmour. Because I am a recording engineer/producer the racket is just too much for me.

    Bob
     
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    I agree with Bob—in the studio, ‘tis noisy. But back when I was in bar bands, old 72 here was my money maker.



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    Not really.
    I LOVE Neiler, but I want this to be my old school Les Paul “jazz” guitar.
    The Duncan Antiquity Firebird bridge pickup is coming out, it’s way too bright for my liking.
    I’m putting another Alnico V in the bridge position.
     
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    I have no issue with noise, when I'm 5 ft from my amp, and pointed in the right direction - exactly like my other single coil guitars. Its still mystifying to me, why some folks have noise issues, and I have none with any of my dozens of guitars, and vintage amps?
     
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    840BF9AD-F806-4360-BA84-1CF0EF59A33F.jpeg Yea it’s got growl tendencies, also keep a dryer sheet handy to wipe the pu covers when winter dry season sets in
     
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    Neil has the P90 neck, mini humbucker bridge on Old Black, that's why I asked. I'd like to try it but not on my new one. Maybe find an Epi to experiment on
     
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    Oh yes:
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    My two P90-equipped Gibsons.
    Great guitars.
    :)
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    Mine was a belated 50th birthday treat to myself, it's a 60s Tribute Gold Top though I did struggle to bond with it at first. However, it sounds amazing so I worked on the 'feel' side of things and had the frets levelled and crowned (they were a bit higher than I'm comfortable with). I rolled the fret-board edges too and then it felt 'just right' and it gets played a lot now.

    I recently took it to a shop potentially to trade in against a 2019 LP Standard Gold Top with P90s: It would have cost me 5x what they were going to give me for it to change. I played them side by side and came home with my 60s Tribute: I actually preferred the sound of mine, plus it's lighter. The Standard looks fantastic of course, with the glossy finish and binding (though some was a bit rough on this example), but it wasn't worth the cost to change.

    I've since treated it to a set of locking tuners (straight swap, so completely reversible), just because it makes changing strings so easy.

    Here it is with some of my other guitars:
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    And a closer view when I was weighing it a while back (when I used to top wrap the stop tail):
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