Les Paul - humbuckers or P90s?

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  1. MikeVB

    MikeVB Supporting Member

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    And why?
     
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  2. Mikhael

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    Humbuckers. A decently strong one by the bridge, say a Dimarzio Fred or Mo Jo, and a mini by the neck. With some switching options, a LOT of usable tones will be available.
     
  3. SPROING!

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    P90s for me. I like the sharper bite of the single coil.
     
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  4. jota

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    Right now I have only one with P-90's. I like this one better over the one I had with humbuckers.
    If I could have any LP I want it would be a LP Special with humbuckers! Yes, totally the opposite of what I own...
     
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    Humbuckers, that split.
     
  6. Bob T.

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    Mix allowed?

    P90 in the bridge, mini-humbucker in the neck. Goldtop finish with the wrap-around 53'-54' style, and we are in business.
     
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    I would get one with P90s because I currently don't have a guitar with P90s and have 3x with HBs. Plus, I love Nigel Tufnel's Goldtop/P90 LP in Spinal Tap.
     
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    Humbuckers. Noiseless, amazing with drive, and tasty with compression and fingerstyle.
     
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  9. Schweezly

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    One of each please!

    I love Specials or Juniors with a p90 in the bridge, but I like Standard/Custom with buckers.
     
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    I have one with humbuckers, a Special with P90s (which I've AB'd with R4s and R6s and it doesn't sound much different for practical purposes, some but not nearly as much as I'd expect), and a CR8 with Harmonic Design Z90s which are hum sized singles loosely based on P90s.

    So, splunge!

    If I had to pick one of those, it would be the CR8 with Z90s. But I don't, so I won't!
     
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  11. rummy

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    Humbuckers. I like my Les Pauls with humbuckers and SGs with P90s.
     
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  12. Ilduce

    Ilduce And now for something completely different! Supporting Member

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    I definitely veer towards P90's, but you really gotta have both in your arsenal to get your groove on.
     
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    As many of each that will fit between the neck and bridge.
     
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    The correct answer is 'yes please'.
     
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    Please expand on this thought.
     
  17. Dynation

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    Depends on the sounds I'm going for and what I like better.



    For the most part I like HB equipped guitars. That doesn't mean I wouldn't like one with P-90s though.
     
  18. Jarick

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    I've been killing a lot of time at GC lately and by far my favorite guitar to play has been the 50s tribute Les Paul with P90's. Volume and tone pots are super interactive. I was able to dial in sparkly cleans on the neck with the volume halfway then flick to the bridge and roll down the treble for fat distortion sounds.
     
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  19. bluesjuke

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    Have two with P-90s and one with humbuckers.
    Like & like to have both around.
    Each is wonderful but overall I could be more satisfied with the P-90s if I could only have them to play through, fits a wider range of my musical choices.
     
  20. rummy

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    I prefer PAF equipped Les Pauls, and P90 equipped SGs. I'm not sure what you're asking.
     
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