Gibson Melody/LP Jr. VS PRS SE SoapBar

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  1. EataPeach

    EataPeach Member

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    I'm going to be in the market for a guitar for slide...I want to get one of these types of guitars.
    Anybody have any experience with these,or others in that price range.$350-$650 ?

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    For strictly slide, I think you'll find the MMLP is perfect. You really only need one pickup anyway, and the Gibson dogear P-90 that those came with is awesome. If you like the PRS line, the SE "One" is even simpler: one P-90 and one volume knob, with a wrap-around tailpiece. Retails for $500 new.
     
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    Ya,the SE 1 is what I was refering to,I couldnt remeber the name.

    OK then,the MM or LP? Are they both set necks? I dont have my catalog..The GF threw it out.."accidentally".....
     
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    I bought a PRS SE Soapbar II at the GC list" sale over the 4th of July. They are having another one this weekend and they are $249 (without case), if your local GC has any left. I liked mine, but I gave it to my son.
     
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    GC Oxford Valley PA has a $249 PRS SE Soapbar II......I got one on the July 4th sale and can't put it down!
     
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    I recently bought an SE soapbar 2 - £146.01 on Ebay :D.

    Excellent guitar - and I mean really good by any standard, but the big thick neck means it might not be ideal for slide.....

    And yes, they're all set-neck.
     
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    I've got this one going in the emporium

    An Epi custom LP SG with 3 Gibson USA Alnico pups
    take a look
     
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    I've got the 2 pu MM reissue that I've set up for slide. It's got a pretty wide neck, which I like because I use my fingers and not a flat pick when I play slide. It's a killer guitar, thin, light weight, sounds great and it looks cool in a retro sort of way. If their on sale you can't go wrong.

    It's good enough that I'd buy another one on the spot if I could find on.
     
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    I've got one of these too, bought it in April. It's very resonant, and does lend itself to slide very easily too.
     
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    I've got a single p/u melody maker, one of the coolest, best bang for your buck guitars I have ever owned. I bought it to take camping, and goof around with, but found it to be a monster in the tone dept. Once I ran it through a 100 watt Marshall I was hooked, its not a high end Historic, but for the 279 I paid, it is a keeper.
     
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    Yep...I'm leaning towards the Gibby.
    I like a wide neck for slide.....They have the rounded 50's style right?
     
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    I had the same decision to make recently and got the SE Soapbar - wanted to have a neck pick up and can't get the two pup MM in the UK.
     
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    Both the MMLP and the SE One have set necks. The Gibson has a tone control. The PRS has a pickguard. IMO, the Melody Makers they made until 2004 with the dogear P-90 are vastly superior in tone to the "singlecoil" reissues they make now.

    If the choice is between a "new" Melody Maker and the PRS One, I'd take the PRS. If it's between the "old" Melody Maker and the PRS, I'd get the Gibson.
     
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    Interesting..The current MM's dont have the P90? I assumed it was since the catalog said 'single coil',the pick I saw looked like a P90...Is that the issue you have with them,or is it a build issue as well?

    The SE One is a looker too...I'll be trying them out soon...
     
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    No, the recent ones are more like a Fender-style singlecoil, with pole pieces. And yes, that's my only issue. Otherwise the guitars are virtually identical.

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    question: would u be able to put a JB Jr into the Gibson MM?
     
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    Only one guitar to go to for this.......

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    I've bought and sold two of those ugly little P-90s Melody Makers. Next one I'm keepin'. 100% fun.
     

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