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Which one would you keep?


erikro

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Here is the situation. Bought both this weekend but can only keep one.

 

SG Classic - sounds better, nice wide neck, one piece body, perfect out of box

 

60's tribute - beautiful guitar, faster neck, needs set up, 2 piece body, more comfortable to play

 

My question is do both of these guitars have the same p-90's and wiring? I want to make sure that it isnt a set up issue that is making them sound different. The SG sounds very clean which I like. The LP not so clean. Please let me know what you think.

 

Thanks,

Erik

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Hello Erikro! Personally I would choose the SG Classic, because it's a better looking, upper class model compared to the Tribute. Although if Your 60's Tribute was a 50's Tribute I would choose the LP. As far as wiring is concerned they both feature the same components (see Specs on Gibson.com). And yes, they shall sound different: the SG has a solid mahogany body, while the LP has a chambered mahogany body with a maple top. I did try out the 60's Tribute SG (I had one on pre-order, but cancelled it) and it sounded awful, completely different to my 50's Tribute LP, which is very jazzy clean, but bites hard with overdrive. Cheers... Bence

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That would be a personal preference, both are fine instruments. As for myself, I like the LP 60's tribute.

No doubt about that! Anything with "Gibson" logo on it, is a great sounding instrument - only the players' needs are what different! Completely agree that it would be a personal preference, so You should decide this by Yourself. Don't let different opinions confuse You (like mine :)). Play them both, and keep them both if You can. But if You really have to decide between the two, choose what feels closer to You.

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its personal i guess but i would go for the 60's tribute and get it set up ..but thats just me ultimately its up to you and how the guitars feels..if it has a fast neck get it set up and the tone right ..it should be a good guitar..P90s should have a lovely clean sound the P90 i used to have had beautiful clean tone through vintage valve amp

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Gibson got back to me today and told me the electronics on both guitars are identical. Also, upon closer examination the LP is actually a 5 piece body. I also think the finish is already starting to wear off a little where my arm rests on the guitar. I only got it two days ago. This is making my decision much easier. I think in the long run it will be much easier to find a 5 piece LP tribute than it will a 1 piece SG Classic.

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5 piece!? Ouch, I've seen 5 piece Epiphone's, but not Gibson's. In this case, I would go with the SG. Any more than 2 pieces in the body, and I will walk away regardless of how it sounds and plays. Just personal preference for a $1000.00 guitar.

 

 

 

For me playing a guitar successfully is about being comfortable and relaxed. If I am always re-positionig myself to get comfortable, I will get tired of a guitar really quick.

 

I was originally an SG guy, but being as neck heaver as they are, that wore off really quick.

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