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A studio with P90s. If you have one of these, tell me why I absolutely need one. I have a nice les Paul. SG. Explorer. Got no P90s for some years now. Tell me why I should just bite down and buy one.

 

Thanks.

 

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I tested one (don't remember if it was a 60s or 50s Tribute, but it definitely was a Studio Tribute with P90s).

 

Sounded beautifully jazzy, although I don't know how much it differs from a 2014 Studio with coil-tapping enabled.

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...although I don't know how much it differs from a 2014 Studio with coil-tapping enabled.

 

A lot. Tapping coils never sounds like a single. At least, not to me. And nothing sounds quite like a P90 as a P90 does.

 

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A lot. Tapping coils never sounds like a single. At least, not to me. And nothing sounds quite like a P90 as a P90 does.

 

rct

 

In my memory, the tapping coils from my 2014 Studio sound very much alike the P90s from the Tribute guitar I played a couple of years ago. But this is my memory, and it's a lot of time since I played that Tribute.

 

I was just hoping that someone who played both (2014 Studio in tapping mode and the Tribute) to say something like about my impression... is it completely nonsense or makes some sense at least in some (if any) aspects?

 

It seems that you answered the question, at least partially.

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You DON'T "Need One!" As to WANTING one? [biggrin] Like any of Gibson's less expensive guitars,

they run the gamut of "so so," to awesome. I had both a '50's and '60's Tribute Gold Top LP,

and liked them, a lot. BUT, I sold both, to feed my sudden SG Lust, about a year and a half ago.

Never regretted that decision, but that's no fault of either guitar! I just fell in LOVE with SG's

once again, that's all!

 

Decided, if I ever went P-90 Les Paul, again...I'd just save and get the R-6! It's the one I really

want, of that configuration, anyway.

 

 

CB

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Hello!

 

There is something about the P90s...

 

However, - I`ve said many times that my favorite Gibson pickups are the `57 Classics - those P90s have incomparable spicy tone. Very hard explain tone characters, though. It`s of course very noisy at higher gains. But clean, they are so nice for jazzy tunes, or funky rhythm playing. With a slight overdrive they bite - great for nasty rock riffs.

 

They have a distinctive spicy character - if that says anything to You.

 

But, I have to agree with Charlie, I`d swap my 50s Tribute for a R6 without thinking it twice. And hopefully, I will, one day...

 

Cheers... Bence

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I have an SG Classic with P90s, as well as an SG Standard with 490R/498T.. my Lesters have buckers..

 

but I digress...

 

the P90 stuff is just so different from humbuckers (raw, responsive, biting) it just gives you something else entirely.

 

A level of NASTINESS you can't get out of a strat or tele.

 

The only draw back is their noisy,... not so bad if your going clean, but any gain at all, and the buzz starts to show up.

 

But, with what you get in tone, is worth the hassle.

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A studio with P90s. If you have one of these, tell me why I absolutely need one. I have a nice les Paul. SG. Explorer. Got no P90s for some years now. Tell me why I should just bite down and buy one.

 

Thanks.

 

rct

1) You have no P-90's.

 

2) P-90's will set you back about 200-300 bones. You need something to hold them. That's literally like buying a guitar for 200-300 bucks.

 

3) To get something like a good sound, or a usable sound out of a good P-90, you need a good, competent guitar. The Gibby tribute stuff satisfies all that 100%.

 

I actually feel kinda silly explaining this stuff to you in particular, and I thought it was the short answer.

 

Short answer: You need P-90's. The tribute has P-90's.

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1) You have no P-90's.

 

2) P-90's will set you back about 200-300 bones. You need something to hold them. That's literally like buying a guitar for 200-300 bucks.

 

3) To get something like a good sound, or a usable sound out of a good P-90, you need a good, competent guitar. The Gibby tribute stuff satisfies all that 100%.

 

I actually feel kinda silly explaining this stuff to you in particular, and I thought it was the short answer.

 

Short answer: You need P-90's. The tribute has P-90's.

 

But I've never bonded with P90s. Last guitar was some form of doublecut, decent neck, but I never got along with it and don't know why. One before that was late 90's, it was a Special with P100s in it. Shoulda kept it. Before that was a variety, a Firebird back in the 70's. Just never really got along with them no matter how bad I need them.

 

So the big sale over at SamAsh caught my eye last weekend and I've been trying to finagle a match from another seller on one of the Gold Tops that I could turn into an almost '56 RI. Maybe. Not sure.

 

What a great first world problem though.

 

rct

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But I've never bonded with P90s. Last guitar was some form of doublecut, decent neck, but I never got along with it and don't know why. One before that was late 90's, it was a Special with P100s in it. Shoulda kept it. Before that was a variety, a Firebird back in the 70's. Just never really got along with them no matter how bad I need them.

 

So the big sale over at SamAsh caught my eye last weekend and I've been trying to finagle a match from another seller on one of the Gold Tops that I could turn into an almost '56 RI. Maybe. Not sure.

 

What a great first world problem though.

 

rct

Never had much use for P-100's. They aren't the same, not even close. Not even worth having, I think.

 

Don't know much about 70's P-90's, and certainly don't have any auditory memory for Firebird pups.

 

Having said that, I HAVE experiences 50's P-90's and modern post-P-100 P-90's, and they are pretty close, AND have those same attributes that make them what they are.

 

I have an idea that you might need either older original P-90's or the more recent ones to get the P-90 thing. Don't know if it's true, but from where I type it seems plausible.

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I like the P90 thing, don't get me wrong. Volumed up and going through some speakers they make a rightous noise that can't be beat. They've just always either been in the wrong guitar, or in that Firebird I had, it had a really bad ground problem and I was too young to bother with it and just traded it off, like we did back then.

 

So, moving as quickly as the swiftest sloth, I will ponder until the Sam Ash sale is long over and I'll end up paying full boat for it somewhere if I run into a nice one. Or not, who knows. For me, guitars move in mysterious ways.

 

Besides, 2014 was a three guitar year. Unprecedented since the 80s for me.

 

rct

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Everyone needs a Les Paul with P90s. The Tribute is the most affordable way to get one! I swapped the black plastic for cream and it makes the guitar look that much better!

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A studio with P90s. If you have one of these, tell me why I absolutely need one. I have a nice les Paul. SG. Explorer. Got no P90s for some years now. Tell me why I should just bite down and buy one.

 

Thanks.

 

rct

 

 

 

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I too LOVE P-90's (except for the 60 cycle hum). But, that's more worrisome in recording situations,

as opposed to "live" stage work. The TONE is awesome. I have 2 guitars, with P-90's...a Vintage 1966

Epi Casino, and my TV Yellow LP Double Cut Special "Faded!" Both, are great guitars! So, yeah...you

need (at least) one guitar with P-90's...IMHO. [biggrin]

 

 

CB

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My dear band member and rhythm guitarist since 20 years got a LP Special w/ P90's two years ago and uses it instead of his ol' Strat.

I must admit that I'm not thrilled by the sound. Don't get me wrong, it does rock'n roll but I find it hard to get the right sound. We recorded an EP last year, I mixed and mastered the tracks and struggled a lot to get his sound to blend in to the group. It is hard to describe, it is something with the very special frequency profile you get when you turn up the gain...

You can hear for yourself at http://open.spotify.com/track/6LtRgFoz4Tda4Z6i81eAEs

//Robert

 

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