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P90 Guitar for Under $500

tycobb73

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I'm looking to add a p90 equipped guitar to my collection. It isn't my favorite sound but I like it sometimes and want to spend under $500 shipped. Used is ok. What do you suggest? Why would you suggest it?
 

Elduderino73

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One option is to find a humbucker-equipped guitar you like on the cheap and drop in a set of P90-ish pickups yourself.
Scouring Craigslist can yield some good finds for a project guitar.

I traded guitars on CL and dropped in a set of GFS Mean 90s on the new acquisition. They're pretty good pickups and aren't all that expensive.
Just one option of many if you go this route.
 

Tweedledee

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There are some good options in that price range, but based on the rave reviews I've read both here and on other forums I would say to check out the Epiphone ES-339 Pro P90. If I were going to get another P90 guitar for under $500, that would be my #1 choice right now. The Epiphone Pro line is about as good as you can get for the money at this point.

Another possible option is to wait for a used Gibson Les Paul Jr. to show up for $500 shipped. You see them occasionally for that amount. Simple, great sounding rock machine.
 

SPROING!

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I personally think the Epi 339 Pro is the best bang for the buck out there right now. Got mine for $350 new. Amazing guitar for the money.



The Epi 56 gold top pro LP is about $500 for a solid body.

I've had a PRS SE Soapbar before. That was a good one.

My son has a Fender Blacktop Jaguar with P90s that's pretty cool, too. Shorter 24" scale and a Fender feel for those who prefer that.

Lots of choices out there.
 

bgmacaw

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Plenty of good choices from Rondo, GFS, Dillon, Epiphone and others.

What style of guitar are you looking for?
 

tycobb73

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thanks for all your suggestions. I guess I need to clear up a couple things. I left it pretty vague.

Due to blindness I cannot do my own work. therefore mods are cost prohibited.
I also prefer the sound when the neck pickup is employed, either by itself or with the bridge, but things like sg jr are out because I really want that neck pickup.
 

lugnut111

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2014 Gibson Les Paul melody maker with the newer P90 slug pickups or a 2011 Melody Maker Special with traditional P90 pickups. Both of these models have two pickups.
 

LionVerse

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I personally think the Epi 339 Pro is the best bang for the buck out there right now. Got mine for $350 new.

The Epi 56 gold top pro LP is about $500 for a solid body.
It's weird that the 339 is that much cheaper than the LP in the same line. Shouldn't a hollow body should require a lot more labor to make?

I bought a used PRS SE Soapbar II for $250. Love it.
Now that seams like a steal everyone raves about those.
 

geodr

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You might be able to get a used Reverend with P90s for 500, maybe a little bit more
 

mslugano

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+1 for a used PRS SE Soapbar II. Punches WAY above its weight. Put some Suhr S90s in mine and, though I know you don't want to make any mods, they're really excellent pickups.
 

e???

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+1 for epi 339 or 56 lp. Epi pros really are great guitars. I ended up swapping pickups in my 339 but sometimes regret it. Definitely something to be said for those stock pickups
 

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PRS SE II sounds monstrous...nice chunky neck too.
The Chinese fender telecaster thinline with P90s is really nice for the money. Those are under $500 new. Neck is a bit slight, but feels nice just the same. It also has great P90 bite.
 

BigDoug1053

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Epiphone Wildkat (or Casino). I am impressed with my Wildkat ($400 new) - fit and finish well done. It's a fun guitar that plays nicely and it has a Bigsby. Epihone apparently has a good QA program for their Asian instruments. Xaviere also has several P-90 models that are fairly inexpensive - dunno about their quality, but they are very inexpensive.
 




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