Classic P90 tone - example and guitar recommendation

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  1. jeffinaustin

    jeffinaustin Supporting Member

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    What's the most "classic" example of a P90 tone and what guitar suggestions to get there?
     
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    Leslie West playing "Never in My Life" and "Mississippi Queen" during Mountain's heyday... Absolutely killer tone out of a plain old LP Jr w/one P-90 pickup.....
     
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    Tough to argue with that.
     
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    Well, if you want really classic P90 tones you may want to start with old Les Paul records, T-Bone Walker Stuff, moving into early Freddie King.
    Then I'd go with Leslie West as mentioned above).
    Dont forget Johnny Ramone and his Mosrite with P90's either.
    More recently Sean Costello seemed to have pretty good tone as well with his Goldtop.

    You did not specify a price range, but for a guitar suggestion I'd propose a Gibson Les Paul Jr. for anything rock related, and a P90 Les Paul Goldtop for bluesier and jazzy stuff
     
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    Theme For An Imaginary Western too! The solos he plays in that tune are absolutely SMOKING P90 tone.

    Don't forget Mike Ness of Social Distortion. You wanna talk about classic, raw, P90 tone--he has it!
     
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    yup...mike ness brings the P90ness...
     
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    For great P90 tone I use this...

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    + another one for Mike Ness and let's not forget about white jump suit era Pete Townshend.
     
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    Oh, and as far as a recommendation....any slab of mahogany with a SINGLE P-90 for that smoking rock tone...and a nice archtop with a pair of them for Rockabilly.

    Of course, Carl Perkins had some nice P-90 tones with his Goldtop.

    Mike
     
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    A while back on this board, someone posted a clip of Mr. Torn playing P90's clean. Wow, so beautiful, I couldn't stop playing the clip. I hope someone can locate that one and repost.
     
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    For Rockabilly I prefer my Dynasonics to P90s. Very similar tone, just a little more chimey in the top end. I have a set of VVG humbucker route sized P90s in my '96 LP Standard. I can nail a convincing Social Distortion and Mountain sound through my Marshall.
     
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    I've always heard it said that a P-90 can't be a metal pickup.... All I can say is that watching Jake E. Lee playing an SG Junior with a P-90 pretty much lays waste to that idea...
     
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    "Rumble" by Link Wray, recorded in late 1957 with a 1953 LP Goldtop and c.1953 Premier model 71 amp.

    Check out some Canned Heat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V55FfDnkQ6o

    Frijid Pink's blistering version of "House of the Rising Sun" may have been recorded with a P-90 equipped LP.
     
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    Gilmour - another brick in the wall solo

    Tony Iommi used an SG JR on the first Sabbath album I believe.
     
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    For jazz, it's Grant Green on his classic early Blue Note albums, playing an ES-330. GrantStand and The Sonny Clarke Quartets are 2 of my favorites.
     
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    Into a Trainwreck that is worth $30,000 today.
     
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    Yes, the Who Live at Leeds is usually cited as classic P-90 tones.

    A lot of early Doors was another P-90 SG and it has been said that Martin Barre used a LP Junior for all of Jethro Tulls's "Aqualung" after they toured with Mountain.

    For country, the era of Emmy Lou Harris' Hot Band with Frank Reckard features him playing a P-90 LP Special.
     
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    Scotty Moore (early Elvis) and Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & The Comets). Both played Gibson hollowbody guitars.

    James Hunter is a current artist who plays a Les Paul Special with P-90s.
     
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    What???
     

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