LP Tribute P-90's

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  1. smcgov

    smcgov Member

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    I'm really thinking about grabbing one of these...I realize they are chambered but how do people think they sound compared to a Norlin....to be specific, Social D's 197X LP P-90 sound....is it worth buying one if I already have a nice Junior??

    I do intend to play one, actually on Monday, but the store isn't always the best place to try one out...

    Thanks...
     
  2. Sean French

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    I've owned a vintage '57 Junior and several P90 loaded Historic'.

    The Tribute w/P90's is f'ing awesome!!!
    BTW, I have a 50's Tribute w/P90'.

    Can't comment of Social D's sound though.
     
  3. brianr0131

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    Hey Sean

    Because if the chambering there's a tiny bit of softening on the attack to my ears. I wound up pulling my P90s because of hum I have minihums in there now, but I am going to try a Superdistortion P90 in the bridge next, as long as the neck hum looks ok with it I'll probably leave it that way.

    Here's a clip of when I had the P90s in there:

    http://soundcloud.com/brianr0131/60s-tribute-p90s
     
  4. dannyboy2.0

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    Mike Ness uses Duncan Custom Shop P90s in all his Les Pauls, they are supposed to be wired pretty hot...
     
  5. theruley

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    I have played a small handfull of them. two of which were absolutely fantastic. Nothing wrong with the others that I played, just nothing too special. YMMV

    I had a Jr and ended up getting rid of it for something with a neck pickup. I use the bridge pickup about 95% of the time, I just like having the option.
     
  6. lshines

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    Try Lindy Fralin's humless P90's!
     
  7. brianr0131

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    please don't.....no offense but this is NOT a P90 sound
     
  8. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    The Tribute guitars are great values, IMO...
     
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    I have a 60's Gold Top. It is awesome!! Plays like dream and sounds fantastic. Incredible value for sure.

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  10. smcgov

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    That's the stock P-90?...sounds good, and I also have a dual terror....thanks
     
  11. brianr0131

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    That was stock P90s and still with 300K Volumes. IMO Gibson makes the best bang for buck P90 out there right now. I think they're awesome sounding....just hate the hum.

    Yea P90 + Dual Terror = Win!
     
  12. FuzzGazer

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    My Tribute is fast becoming my favorite guitar. The Stock P90's are largely the reason why.
     
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    Do most people hear a fair amount of hum with the Tributes?
     
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    I just picked mine up a few days ago and of all the guitars I've owned, these by far have some of the best stock pickups I've ever heard. I usually at least contemplate swapping pups on new guitars (and often do), but it hasn't even crossed my mind with this one.

    I also can't comment on Social D's exact tone, but, as a punk guitarist, I can tell you that the LP Tribute P90s hit a Marshall style amp beautifully. I see no reason why you wouldn't be happy with them. (And really, this is probably the first guitar I've owned that sounds amazing through ALL my amps with almost no effort. My Fenders tend to be more finicky about EQ and such)

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    More than a humbucker, obviously, but not too much IMO. Still very manageable.
     
  16. brianr0131

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    Depends on the environment some....at my house....it's unbearable with any single coils especially P90s though.
     
  17. zastruga

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    Oh yeah, forgot to mention the hum. I honestly don't notice it on mine. Could very well be because I'm used to single-coils and live in an old house with bad wiring though, so hum is something I've just learned to live with.
     
  18. Scott L

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    I wheeled and dealed a lot of these last year when they were in hot demand ( 50s mostly ) and have 4 in the stable at the moment - for the $ you can't go wrong.... but take a real nice guitar and add get some great hardware and some killer PUPS... $400 in to an $800 guitar some may question, but a world of difference in playability and tone.

     
  19. RockDC

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    I like the Gibson Gem series better
     
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    I love my 60s Tribute. As someone already said, this guitar seems to work very well no matter what amp I'm using. It just sounds good. Yes, it hums a bit, but when I'm in the middle of playing I don't hear it at all.

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    For reference, I use a tone of gain. The clips below aren't the best in sound quality, but you get the idea..



     

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