Epi es339 p90 pro for no drummer gigs?

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  1. e???

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    I've got a slew of acoustic-ish gigs and recording coming up (me and a keyboard player) and I'm not sure what to do about a guitar. I've been trying various acoustic pickups to put in my acoustic, but I don't like anything I've found that much. In fact when I hear most acoustic steel string players live, I don't like the tone 99% of the time. Just not warm, nice to sing to, brittle, cold, etc... So I started playing semi and hollows w/ p90's trying to find something that will work. One out of 4 of the epi es339 p90 pros I've tried sounds amazing. The others not so much. I'm thinking I should just grab it because I have a few great electric guitar amps and this will give me some air and acoustic quality to go nice with these acoustic gigs.

    Is this a decent fit? We are playing some bigger places to fancy restaurants and I can't risk the feedback of a hollowbody (I've owned two, and they always feedback at venues). I've played gigs solo with a strat so I know a straight electric could work for me, but to have the airiness would be great. I also play in a couple bands and figure I could use this as well in that setting.

    Should I go for it? Or should I dive into feedback busters and hollowbodies because it's that much more acoustic? Or play with an electric les paul special type guitar for now and save for a Gibson for a while? But that would mean a few months of solidbody playing at these venues where some restaurant manager might say "Well he's playing a rock guitar, it's not the mellow acoustic vibe we are looking for" maybe ruining and getting fired from these gigs just so I could save for the "perfect" guitar? I just don't know... HELP! Any idea or experience you have could help, Thanks!
     
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    The 339 Pro has the NanoMag pickup, right? If so, that is a great way to get acoustic-like tones out of an electric guitar without the annoying piezo quack.
     
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    No I think those only come in the Ultra series epiphones. This is just 2 p90s, but man it's a cool sounding neck p90...
     
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    and just to clarify, I'm not trying for a total acoustic like tone, just more airy and rhythmic than a normal electric. I'm cool with sounding closer to Wes Montgomery than early Bob Dylan
     
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    Yeah, the Epiphones in the Ultra series have the NanoMag pickup. I remember the Epi Les Paul, the 335 and the 339 had an Ultra version. The NanoMag, or a blend between the NanoMag and the humbuckers should get you where you want.

    There's also the Michael Kelly Hybrid. Semi Hollow with humbuckers and a piezo pickup under the bridge.

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    If you have to go with an electric P-90 guitar, try the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin. The deep, full-hollow body and archtop bridge give it a nice, rich, woody sound. Still not quite like an acoustic, but it makes for a nice vocal accompaniment. Try it with flatwounds to mellow it further.

    As for acoustic pickups, I've found that the Baggs Lyric delivers the closest thing to true, unplugged acoustic tone. It's a mic that attaches to the bridge plate inside the guitar, and sounds awesome.
     
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    Anybody have any experience playing semihollows at drummer-less shows?
     
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    If you're okay with some of that classic P90 hum then I'd say go for it. The ES339 PRO P90's are fantastic guitars. The PRO P90 pickups are exceptional and I'd say you'd have a great semi-hollow guitar that will give you lots of tone flexibility for different needs. If you've found one you like then you should snag it.

    Here's mine. It gets a ton of stage time these days:

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    How do you think it would hold up solo with singing and piano MissoulaGriz? Is it noticably more airy compared to solidbodies?
     
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    Totally different tone than an acoustic. Won't be as big a change from your normal electric as you might think... A lot more mids than an acoustic.
    I like the k&k pure mini acoustic pickups. Not expensive either.
    Acoustics are far better for strumming, I dont think that is what electrics are for.
    But I will sat that my full hollowbody Epiphone Swingster does sound more airy than my Ibanez AS50 semi...
     
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    I think Srtattitude nailed it. The 339 will be closer to a solid body than it is to an acoustic.
     
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    For what it's worth, I have both an Epi ES-339 and Casino Coupe and I'm working up a "semi-acoustic" duo. I plan on using the Casino as it's full hollow-body into a Boss GT-100, switching between an acoustic simulator and amp sim - depending on the material. So far, the Casino Coupe is working out great. It's SUPER light and comfortable to play and it has a woody, acoustic-y sound that works great with the acoustic sim effect.
     
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    Hahaha! As long as you're playing mellow I don't see that as an issue, unless you're playing something especially pointy or some crazy color. Actually more likely for them to not ask you back because your P-90 pickups buzz too much.

    I know you said duo with keys, but you haven't really said what kind of stuff you're playing. Are you doing big strumming parts? Stiff rhythm guitar? More noodley rhythm parts? Leads?
     
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    It's all over the board. Beatles, Chili Peppers, "Albatross" by fleetwood mac, REM... yeah there will be alot of strumming and noodley rhythm parts. I don't want to sound like an acoustic guitar and I know it will be closer to a solidbody (kinda) but it does have a more airy sound that will make it more acoustic-like right? I don't want a piezo or acoustic. I guess a more hollowbody sound that can't feed back. Which is a semi-hollow... What back-to-blue said was helpful, but I don't like simulators or pod process things. I think all this has led me to think that I want what I want though, for better or worse. I appreciate everyones help and thanks!
     
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    Not sure how much you want to spend, but you can look at the Taylor T5z. That should cover a lot of ground for you.
     
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    339 Pro P90. Amazing rich, warm tones. Steal of a price. No brainer, for me.

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    I think I'd rather go electric than acoustic for that kind of stuff anyway. Even though I own a Kay Swingmaster (fully hollow thinline with P-90ish pickups) I'd probably take my Les Paul Special type to a gig like that. And while a neck P-90 is my go to, keep in mind as I said earlier buzz can be an issue, especially on mellow restaurant type gigs.

    I tend to like P-90s as I feel they have a more

    But honestly getting the right sound is going to be more about playing style than anything in that situation.
     

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