2015 Les Paul Special or RevStar P90?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by disconnector, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. disconnector

    disconnector Member

    Nov 24, 2009
    Richmond, VA
    Hi all!

    I'm trying to decide on my first good P90 guitar and I'm stuck between the 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut and the P90 RevStar. What do you all think?

    The LP Special has the dreaded robotuners which I personally like since I dig alternate tunings. I've just heard that the P90s aren't really P90s and need to be replaced. How do they feel and sound though?

    I've heard a million great reports about the RevStars . . . but I feel like if given a chance I should get a US made Gibson for pretty much the same price.

    First world problems I know :)
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019
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  2. tonegangster

    tonegangster Silver Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    Ellis County, TX
    The answer is always Les Paul. Next question??

  3. Jim85IROC

    Jim85IROC Member

    Sep 2, 2008
    Every Revstar that I've played has been nicer than any low end Gibsons that I've played.
  4. J Factor

    J Factor Silver Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2018
    Aurora IL
    I've never really gotten along with the Gibsons I've played. However, my Revstar 502 (P90s) is fantastically built, great fun to play, and gets lots of compliments on its P90 tone from other gear-minded folk.
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  5. cap10kirk

    cap10kirk Member

    May 9, 2015
    Mid-Atlantic US
    Definitely the Revstar imho.
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  6. zum

    zum Member

    Mar 8, 2009
    Revstar..... haven’t heard anyone say anything bad about the p90s. They sound great to me.
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  7. Juan Wayne

    Juan Wayne Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    I'm over here now!
    Different beasts, both great in their own right. Try before buying though.

    All 2015s I've played felt quite diferently (read: ****ing weird) from what I've experienced from other Gibsons since the neck is wider at the top while the remainder of the mesurements keep regular proportions. Also, the brass nut will die in no time and I don't know if Gibson still provides the complimentary steel replacement nut. There's aftermarket ones around though. And those are not your regular P90s, they have slug AlNiCo poles instead of bar magnets with steel screws which makes it quite a different, yet awesome pickup on its own right.

    Revstars are all people have told you and more, and a great contender, oh, and my pick hans down. I couldn't put down the 502 I played and regret not buying it. Those aren't P90s either but an awesome take on them and they ****ing scream! The fretboard is quite flat, but I felt at home immediately.

    Sill, I'd play before I buy, but that's me.

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