The Best P-90 Guitar Is... What???

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  1. VanStone

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    I'm thinking something pretty inexpensive like:

    - PRS SE Soapbar II
    - Epiphone 1956 Goldtop
    - Hamer SATP90
    - Gibson Faded Doublecut (with the new Satin Black finish)
    - Fender TC-90 Thinline
    - Washburn WI66PROG

    Others?

    V
     
  2. walpow

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    Godin LG SP90.
     
  3. CNP

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    Gibson R4 Custom (actually it has an "alnico" single coil neck pickup. My favorite guitar.
     
  4. mainsale

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    I think what you are asking is what is the best P-90 guitar under $500-600 aren't you? Most of the outstanding P-90 guitars I know are around $3k with one or two around $1500.
     
  5. JustAHack

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    The mighty Gibson Custom Shop '54 goldtop.

    In one package, pretty much everything loveable about: simple effective solidbody guitars, Gibsons, P-90s, single coils, mojo, and wrap-tail bridges. I adore mine, if you can find one and are willing to cough up the cash. Worth every cent, big time. Wilcutt Guitars gave me a very nice deal.

    But the PRS SE Soapbar II, and Gibson Les Paul Faded DC have their own very worthwhile P-90 vibe. If you don't like them, you very probably won't like P-90s at all. A low-cash reality check in both cases, both are under $700 new. I started with the DC for $650 new, and then added the Gibson '54 a year later. I haven't sold my DC, because it's still very cool and I won't let it go.

    I own a Gibson Les Paul DC Faded and have played a PRS SE Soapbar II extensively, and they are both amazing guitars for the money, or any money, for that matter. Either one a great start.
     
  6. rbisherw

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    Gibson R6.
    It is mine and you cannot have it !

    Good luck with your search, there are many great choices[​IMG]
     
  7. justonwo

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    I love my new Gibson SG Classic. It's just above the prices you're looking at, it's very well constructed, and has tone just as pleasing as my R6.

    Plus, it's lightweight, looks cool, and allows easy access to the upper frets. One of the best guitars available for the money. I'd consider this one very seriously. (And it has a nice nitro finish which I don't think the faded series has).
     
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    I have a TV Yellow Gibson Faded Double Cut that I use on the road for slide. For the money, it is a great guitar.
     
  10. Luke V

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    Well, the best is a 50s LP Jr or Special.

    That said, the MF LP jr. is a great guitar, for $600 or so.
     
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  12. BadJaxx

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    the Gibson LP faded P90 just felt crappy to me....a buddy played it and it sounded good...i just couldn't get beyond the feel and playability...

    the Soapbar SE is very nice....good feel and playability if you like the wide/fat neck...adds to the tone but ya gotta be comfy with the big neck...

    i've read great reviews of the Godin and almost bought one...didn't care for the looks...

    read great reviews of the Epi 56 LP Goldtop as well...best reviews of any of the regular Epi LPs...

    but i'd recommend a used USA Hamer Special P90....very well made quality guitar...1 piece mahogany body....you don't see that much anymore...$500 ~$600....i'll put them up against anything in that price range...
    i just sold one cuz i bought a Hamer Studio Goldtop with the P90s replaced with Mini buckers...which i prefer...
     
  13. karmadave

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    Tokai LS-80S. About $700 shipped from Japan. Any Goldtop Les Paul-type guitar, with P90s, is a thing of beauty!

    -KD
     
  14. opdev

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    My vote (in your list) goes to the Gibby DC.

    My absolute favorite is my 1960 Historic LP Special. An amazong guitar.

    I'm sure I'd like (love) an R4 as well.
     
  15. Raymund

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    I´ve tried out these new faded Gibby Specials and Juniors and all didn´t have tone. Even the CS Junior was a disappointment.
    Try to find a used mid 90ies Gibson Les Paul Special (those with the bound neck) which are far superior and replace the P-100´s with Lollar or Gibson P-90´s - a match in heaven. Those you can find used between USD 600,- and 900,-.

    Another option would be a used Hamer Special.
     
  16. Troubleman

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    It ain't cheap, but a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Jr - single P-90. If it's value didn't go into the "stupid money" range, I'd play out with mine. Second - one of the 80's Reissue 1955 Gibson Les Pauls. I dunno about the modern iteration, but back in the 80's I had one that was killer. Absolutely Leslie West approved. At the time I had to have a "real" Les Paul (maple top with humbuckers) so I (stupidly in hindsight) sold it. Not sure what they go for these days.

    Peace,

    jb
     
  17. m1911

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    I was on the lookout for a nice P-90 Guitar this past winter and actually stumbled accross a Gibson Historic R6 (GoldTop). It's a Brand New (NOS) 2003 Leftover with a Brazilian Board. I paid $3000.00 even for this guitar, but I think an 06' (without Brazilian) would be around $2200.00 It has the same size neck as an R7 which made it an easy choice. Good Luck.
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  18. Jimi D

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    I've got a PRS SE Soapbar (the original singlecut) that's a hell of a guitar for the money - the only mods I've done to it are to replace the volume and tone pots (the originals were crap), and it sounds damned good, plays even better. You might also want to look around for an Ernie Ball Music Man Axis Sport or Super Sport with MM90 pickups - being bolt-ons with swamp ash bodies, these guitars have more of a "Tele-on-steroids" vibe, but they still growl good when pushed, and they've got the best neck in the industry. I owned the Godin LG with Duncan SP90s in it for a while, but I didn't like the wide/thin neck carve, and it always sounded kind of anemic to me - the mahogany body/maple neck bolt-on construction, probably... Of course, you can't go wrong with an LP DC if you find one you like, though you might have to have some fret dressing done...
     
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    You could pick up a used Guild Blues 90 for around 1k or so...chambered mahogany body with a maple top, set neck with Duncan P90's. GREAT sounding and playing guitar, with outstanding quality. The pup's may be a bit hot for some folks, but that's an easy tweak.
     
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