Best P90 guitar for under $850

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  1. smolder

    smolder Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a LP jr Special that I really like. I swap out the P90’s (typically Lollards) and minihumbuckers occasionally. Mines a 2010.

    The SG Classic is also a great guitar.

    Reverend makes some really nice P90’s.

    I’ve always thought a thin line tele with two P90’s would be cool.
     
  2. richey88

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    I just got the ‘19 LPJ Tribute. LOVE IT! Do I miss a neck pickup? Nah.
     
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    I just picked up 2018 Hamer Monaco Special K and these are amazing guitars for the price! Light weight (6.5 lbs.) Korina body and neck with well dressed ebony fingerboard with 10” radius and 2 P-90’s.
    Indonesian made but outstanding quality IMO.

     
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    buy 3 Peavey Firenza P90s...
     
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    My main guitars are all P90 loaded and have no intention of going back to HBs any time soon.

    Had a PRS SE One for a bit but I didn’t like the Korina body and moved it on to someone else. It was fun to play. The Soapbar IIs are really nice too and a great choice.

    #1 is an Eastman SB56 with Lollar P90s but is a bit above the threshold in this thread. Can’t say enough about this guitar.

    #2 is my Epiphone “Inspired by 1955” LP with Gibson P90s, got it used for very short money and it is a ripper of a guitar. Spent a little time cleaning up the fret board, finishing the fret ends correctly, and a bone nut and was totally worth the hour spent doing it.

    Also #2 is my PRS Zach Meyers with BG Pure 90s. Plays very well, the semi-hollow body adds some character to the sound. It’s a coin flip to decide if this or the Epi comes to each gig as my backup.

    The Gibson the OP went with from GC is very, very tempting. I am such a sucker for LP style P90 guitars and struggle to not buy them when they are priced right.
     
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    daacrusher2001 Silver Supporting Member

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  8. p.mo

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    Just closing the loop on this...

    Well, I bought one of those 2019 Les Paul Special P-90 Honeyburst models from Guitar Center... the Limited Edition ones. A fair price at $799... But should've known better.

    I had it shipped to a GC outside of Boston. So I get there last night to pick it up and the guy comes out with what does not look like a Gibson shipping box. Me thinks "here we go..." and we did. I pull the guitar out of this random box and of course it's the old crap Gibson gig bag, not the newer plush brown ones (which are awesome) but I was sort of OK with it, because I understand that they originally shipped with the crap ones so I thought this would be a low serial number.

    I pull the guitar out and it's got finger smudges all over it. The guitar is actually sticky in places.

    Flip over to see the back and the serial number is a later 2019, so now I'm even more suspicious. So I'm not happy. Then I look in the bag pouch and the inspection card serial # doesn't match the guitars #.

    I've got nothing against the Guitar Center guys near me, they're all actually really cool people, but I think I'm officially done with GC. Anyway, I got a refund.

    Today I pulled the trigger on another highly recommended model... a 2011 Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute on Reverb at a fair price. Finger crossed!
     
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  9. FennRx

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    The 2014 LP MMs. They can be had for $300-350. If there is one thing Gibson does well, it’s make p90s
     
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  10. drbob1

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    How about the Epiphone WildKat: you can get the bigsby version for less than $375 used (if you keep your eyes open, maybe even less than $300). I upgraded the P90s in mine to Lollars, but it was a smallish improvement, the stock pickups are quite decent!
     
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    I did. No regrets. Sounds better than the stock SE HBs.
     
  12. blind radish

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    The best way to enjoy a P90 guitar, is to play one that has just ONE p90

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    Love that description......absolutely perfect description of P90's.
     
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    I seriously looked at one of these recently as I love the Tele shape & I love P90's......BUT.....a Tele ( for me ) should always have the SC/Ashtray in the bridge position.

    In the end I went for the 2019 Gibson Les Paul Double Cut Jnr....excellent guitar.
     
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    They had a Wildkat in our local Dawsons Music Store ( just sadly closed down :(:() on offer for a while last summer (priced down to £299.00 ) and I looked at it long and hard.

    Looked pretty cool and felt really nice to play but it sounded very "muddy" ( for a P90 / 500k pot loaded guitar ) so I didn't pull the trigger.
     
  17. bigben55

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    I got a G&L Tribute ASAT Junior II, bought it used but mint for $350. I gutted it electronically, put CTS 500k pots, orange drop cap, a Switchcraft switch and Jack and a set of Wolfetone P90s(Mean/Meaner set) in it, so I'm roughly $550 into it and it's an EXCEPTIONAL sounding(and playing) guitar.
     
  18. paulbearer

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    Low cost p90 rig?
    Slick SL59 and SL60 slabs w wraparound bridge and one vol.
    Raw. $200
    With your savings “you’re goin ‘ta Sizzler, goin ‘ta Sizzler”.
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    I’ve played them, great bang for the buck and simple testament to juniors and specials. If necks were bigger (I prefer 1.75 x 1”+) I’d have one. Had a Slick tele which sounded fantastic, but again, neck on the slimmer side.
     
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  19. mojotele65

    mojotele65 Supporting Member

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    Yep, got mine from GC for $650 with the original hsc. Killer pickups, great playing guitar.
     
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