fell in love with single coils and P90s!! Advice needed

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  1. hw2nw

    hw2nw Member

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    Ok, so I've been playing my Telecaster far more these days than my LP. Out of my Bad Cat, singles coils just SING and I love it!!! So I'm looking for another single coil or P90 guitar to join my rig.

    I play indie rock, so I like medium gain at most. I enjoy some good chime and balls in my sound, and do most of my live sounds with changing my pick attack. "Retro" guitars are fun for me, and I'd like something under $600 if possible...used is fine. Some ideas I've been toying around...

    - Another Tele of some kind
    - Danelectro 56 Pro
    - Gibson Doublecut Faded
    - Epiphone Casino (feedback w/ gain?)
    - Rickenbacker 330 (pricier, but cool)

    Any suggestions/ideas? I'll take anything.


    Thanks!!
     
  2. -kk-

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    ive just started a similar thread. have a look at godin LG-P90. awesome player.
     
  3. hipfan

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    Current production Les Paul Junior. Balls? Oh yes, lots of 'em from the single dogear! Chime? Just wire it up "50's" style, and roll back the volume. Chime city.

    I think the ones they're selling through MF are $50 over your price limit, but I think it would be worth it.
     
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    The 90's Gibson Les Paul Specials are also really cool and you can find them around that price used for sure.
     
  6. HHB

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    LPjr w/ a DOGEAR P90 pickup
     
  7. Avenger

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    +1 on Reverend. A used Slingshot can be found for around $500. I also have a Ric 330. Awesome for medium gain indy rock roots rock sounds.
     
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    I absolutely love Suhr's tele style guitars with P90s, particuarly after dropping in a set of Lollars. Just awesome!
     
  9. ScottB

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    PRS SE (see related recent thread)
    used Hamer special (maroon one on ebay right now for - last I looked - less than $400. It's also in the Instrument Emporium)
     
  10. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    Another vote for a Reverend Slingshot. Or, you could go for one of the new MIK Reverends, like a Charger 290 or Jetstream 390. Cheaper, and, if you're phenolic-phobic, made of wood.
     
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    Welcome to the dark side! =D

    Danelectros have a very particular sound which isn't going to be for everyone, even people who like single coils... amazing sound for rhythm guitar, though.
     
  12. -Kay UK-

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    The frontman in my old band had an Epiphone Casino and a Rickenbacker 330, and whilst the rickenbacker certainly looks cool, I felt that I'd rather live with the Casino's easy playability and familiar feel. The casino's a great guitar for the money IME. If you dig retro, then I'd reccommend a CIJ fender Jazzmaster / Jaguar, they're great guitars; solidly built with a unique sound. I haven't played any of the modern Danelectro reissues, but that could be an interesting choice as well. From what I've played, the Gibson doublecuts are excellent, but be aware of careless fretwork when you buy - as is increasingly the case with new Gibsons these days. My P-90 tone comes from a Historic '54 Les Paul Custom, that's a great guitar with some fantastic sounds on offer. Best of luck,

    -Kay-
     
  13. cnardone

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    What about the G&L with the Big MDF pickups? I think that would be in the ball park no? Used the price will be just right.

    cmn
     
  14. teleharmonium

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    You could get a used Gretsch 5125 (the other numbers near that one are different finishes), it's a Korean made 6120-ish guitar with DeArmonds which is great for the money.
     
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    I have a 90 lp special on the way with P100s which I won't hesitate to swap out. Gibson has really messed the specials up the last few years or so. First they put that litle rectangle inlay on the fret board. Next they went to the faded model which really has not impressed me much. You may have to go back a few years and get a special. The one I have coming is single cut though I prefer double cut. It is tv yellow. I may have to sell this one in order to pay off a 335 in time. I'll post it here first if I do.
     
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    The Faded Doublecut is a cool piece. Also the PRS Soapbar SE. My brother has one of each, and that's it. He loves P-90s. He put humbucker form P-90s in his son's Ibanez Artcore, and that's not the worst idea on the planet, either.

    I would tell you to look for a Tele-Sonic if you can find one in your price range. On the other hand, if you can't find one of those in your price range, then a Gretsch Electromatic "Special Jet" can be a lot of fun. I have one out all the time for kicks.

    If you like P-90s you will probably dig the DeArmond 2K and 2000 pickups. Try 'em and see.
     
  17. guitrr

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    Hmmm, I'd say Reverend, PRS SE, or for a little more $$ you might be able to find a used Hamer US.

    The Ernie Ball/Music Man Axis MM models are great too, but again, a bit more money. I've seen them on Ebay going for 700 and up.

    Kane
     
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    Vote for the faded DC Gibson. Loudest guitar I own with a raw energy that really likes that ash wood.
     
  19. hw2nw

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    yeah, I've gotten a lot of suggestions for the Gibson DC. Looks like a good players guitar! Do they stay in tune well? Other than that, I'll start looking for a used one around. I guess the going rate is 550ish?
     
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    No problem with staying in tune. I am not sold on the "vintage" tuners though. May have to change in the future.

    Setup was not good for my taste. I fiddled with the bridge and nut to get it to my liking. One of the favorites in the family and sounds good acoustically.

    Hate to say it, but the Dano is fun for a plywood guitar. Bang for the buck if longevity is not a concern.
     

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