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  1. Thanks, but i'm not sure i wanna move away from the P90 design, at least with the neck pup. I'll keep it in mind tho, thanks.
  2. I have a LP special Jr with P90's. I like the bridge, but the neck is too middy to really get the tone i want. I want a less middy tone that cleans up really nice and gets very clear and remains full without being tinny. Sorta like a great start neck pickup. I have tried everything as far as modding so don't bother mentioning treble bleed, different pot values, different or no tone cap, etc. I even pulled it apart and unwound 1k worth of windings. Helped a bit but not much. I haven't tried magnets because they are A5 which is about as bright as any. So has anyone had the same dilemma and found a pickup that did what i want? I'd really prefer not to pay boutique prices, not because it's not worth it to me but when it doesn't work out you lose big. But i'll hear any recommendation even tho i'm really not likely to pay boutique prices unless i hear a lot of great things from several people about a given model. Thanks.
  3. Man, i have been salivating over this since i saw the flyer and you people aren't making it any easier to refrain. There are 2 issues however that might keep me from spending a whole lotta $ i really shouldn't spend. 1-I really like rosewood boards due to the sound (yeah, i know but I DO hear it) and hesitate if it's anything else. 2- i really wish it had a bound board. But even without those i'm still burning to go check them out. I can look at 100's and 100's of guitars before one just grabs me like this.
  4. Bone because 1-if cut well it stays in tune very well, just as good as the man made stuff. 2-it *can* sound better than most materials. You're going to get a hoard of people telling you bone or any material makes no difference once the string is fretted because the vibrating string length is from the fret you've chosen to the bridge. Not true. It IS true that it might make little or no difference, but if it does (which depends on several factors) it can be subtle or quite obvious. I've been making them for decades so I've see a lot of results from nothing to wow. At it's best it will deepen the tone in a great way. Of the last 2 i did one happened to be probably the biggest improvement i have ever seen. really woke this strat up like i've never seen before. The other ...zero difference, at least that i could detect. I'm a big believer in bone. I've tried the rest and some aren't bad, but many do hurt the tone in some way. Worse i ever experienced was slipstone. Absolutely killed the guitar's sound and i couldn't rip that thing out and throw it away fast enough. But all this said, note that if not made well, the material you choose no matter how good can ruin your sound and tuning. Make sure whoever does it is good at his craft and cares about his work and pay whatever you have to. It's worth it to be sure it's done right. Or learn to do it yourself which is the best way, tho you may screw up a lot first.
  5. I don't wanna come off as offensive because this really isn't meant that way. But i'm not looking for suggestions as to what might work. I'm hoping to get real experience from someone in the same boat and found a pickup or definite fix because i'm just too jaded on buying pickups that i end up tossing in a parts drawer forever or modding things that aren't easily reversible. That will likely kill this thread unless someone who wanted the same thing as me has found a cheap alternative. I'm kinda surprised in my search that few if any seem to be looking for the same thing. As dull and muddy as P90's can be in the neck i would think more people would be looking for the same thing. They're as amazing a pickup as is said quite often, but in the neck i find them just the opposite except for high gain upper register single notes. But thats certainly not a priority when it makes up a small percentage of it's use for me and probably most players.
  6. Yeah, thats been suggested to me before but i really don't wanna do that. I'm thinking maybe gibson has a hotter version of the bridge pickup i could put in the bridge. The reason is that if you raise a P90 extremely close too the strings they get very bright, much more so than other pickups. Thats how i get my neck sounding ok right now, but it's too hot like that and overpowers the bridge even tho i unwound it to 7 k. But if i got a hotter bridge... Only problem is i don't really want the bridge to be hotter.
  7. I've thought of it, but from my experience doing that it seems A5 is as bright as any of them. So i see no reason to.
  8. I have a LP special P90 and i love the stock bridge pup, but the neck is much too dark and wooly when i turn down for rhythm tone. I have a treble bypass on the volume and tried many values and all that, thats not it. It's just that P90's seem to be unable to get a clear articulate jangly sort of clean tone for hendrixy type rhythms. Tried a wilkinson that i had in the parts drawer, no good. Tried unwinding it to 7k, still no good. Unwound the stock pickup also to 7k from 8, nope. Tried all the adjustment tricks. lowering it, raising the poles well above the cover with the overall height both low and high. It;'s the P90 tone. The wound string just have no definition and sound muddy/dead when i turn down to get cleaner tones. I know of GFS, and one person even said the vintage p90 model is quite clear and jangly clean, but the clips sure don't seem to show that. Anyone know of a good sounding neck model that DOES get clear and jangly clean on the cheap? I wanna hear the windings on those low strings sorta like a strat neck. I know it'll never get that, but i just wanna get 1/2 way there is i can because as it is the neck pup is pretty useless to me. Also, if i wasn't clear, note that when i say "clean" i mean the kind of cleans you get from a distorted amp and turning your guitar down to clean up. It's never totally clean, but with the knob way down and light picking it gets close.
  9. Have a '11 just like the OP's cept vintage cherry gloss. I've bought a number of Gibsons and Gibson style guitars over the years and i end up selling them pretty quickly cuz i'm a fender guy and they just don't feel comfy and the sound just doesn't have the same almost acoustic like quality when you turn them down like a Fender. Enter the LP Jr special. I bonded and big time. I wouldn't sell this guitar if i live to 100. the P90's are just the most incredible pickups, and the flat top plus tummy cut make it almost as comfortable as a strat, much more than a tele. If you are a Fender guy who can't seem to bond with a Gibson, trust me....this is the Gibson for you. If I could bond with it anyone can ! Oh, and like someone else mentioned, the neck is just about the most perfect carve I've ever felt.
  10. I'm really stuck trying to make a decision here, being there are so many different TOM's available. I'm a firm believer in the bridge being crucial to tone, and my fenders all have callaham trems or hardtails. But the callahams are expensive and i DO know at times they can be trebly on some guitars. So I've also looked at tonepros, pigtail, faber and ABM, the latter being the only other i know of besides callaham to mill thier bridges out of a solid piece of brass rather than casting them. But i'm not sure whether i'd like the tone of brass or not. They are cheaper than cally but more than others. Problem with this decision is there are tons of people giving thier opinions of every one (except ABM which i think may be a relatively new company) and there are good and bad reviews of every one. So i'm looking for thoughts on the subject by those who've used more than one and what they found, or any ideas or links to info that might somehow make it easier to decide. Mine is a LP special with a nashville, and i have zero issues with it aside the fact i know the right bridge will w/o a doubt give it more clarity, and i really feel it's the one thing this LP needs more of.
  11. I say don't get caught up in buying a older model because it's old. This whole vintage craze is not only 99% internet BS, but people are now buying guitars that are somewhat old that are mediocre or outright junk. I've been playing and owning tons of guitars since about 1970 and today they are making them far better than even 20 years ago. Look at the post i made a while back where i posted a shot of the P90 LP special i recently got. I'm not easy to please, trust me on this. I'm a tone hound to a sick degree, and i am not easily pleased. That guitar i posted a pic of is the first gibson i have been able to bond with in all my years, being a fender man nearly forever who's always bought a sold gibsons quickly because i just could not bond. Trust me, you can go buy a older one from the 70's or 80's but it's not going to be an advantage to do so and very likely not nearly as good as a new special. There are no words i can think of to describe my '11 special without using the word perfect, but i don't like using that word to describe any guitar. This one tho i honestly cannot find a fault. It's just a tone monster with about as low an action as you could ever find w/o buzzing. The neck is heavenly, it's just an amazing guitar. And since i got it we've been having some serious weather going from normal to very hot and humid, and the neck hasn't moved even slightly. Writing a newer model off is foolish IMO. They are making the best guitars today that they ever have. Old wood can be good, but it's also a crap shoot. I seriously doubt you could buy the same model i have and not find it superior to a 70's or 80's model. The quality is not only great but consistency is better than ever. I have other guitars i just love, but i cannot put this '11 special down and i believe it will become my #1 (actually it IS at this point, and i think it will remain) which before this was unimaginable being the rabid fender man i have been for decades.
  12. Odd....i wonder what they mean by "Traditional Weight Relief". I know weight relieved is when they chamber them, but "traditional"? I mean, generally that would mean the way they did it back in the day, but they never DID that back in the day AFAIK. So why TRADITIONAL?
  13. Thanks. Yeah, i know about the hawk line. I have a epi nighthawk custom reissue thats basically a copy of one of the gibson models in that series. I was quite enamored at first but eventually i felt that fender scale length and bridge on such a light guitar thats a gibson style build just doesn't quite work right to me. Getting the special REALLY made me realize just how much that was the case so i'm selling it. A friend has the blues hawk he bought in the early 90's. Neither of us like it but he keeps it because he figures it's b worth something one day. I dunno. The special is really just that....special ! Besides the perfect tone, the neck is a thing of beauty. May just be THE best playing/feeling neck of any guitar i've owned. Certainly right there with the best at the very least.
  14. So you are a NightHawk fanatic? ...I thought you'd said you buy and get rid of Gibsons because you always end up preferring your Fenders?


  15. I've been a dedicated fender guy for decades and every gibson or gibson style guitar i buy always gets sold quick and i just cannot bond with them. Then this changed that to a degree i never would have imagined. It's all i wanna play now.
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