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P90 VOS: LP Special or LP '56

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by pcovers, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. pcovers

    pcovers Member

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    I am interested in feedback from anyone with experience playing either (or both) a Les Paul Special '60 VOS or a Les Paul '56 VOS. I really like a P90 guitar and seem to have narrowed my recent search down to one or the other of these two option. Thoughts or experiences would be great.
     
  2. pedalcr8z

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    [​IMG]Do yourself a favor.......I owned a '54 & '56 VOS, go play one of these and then look at the fit & finish on all of them.....game over![​IMG]
     
  3. pcovers

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    Yea, the Collings 290 is on my list as well. Similarly, the Heritage H-137.
     
  4. Dave Orban

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    Right out of the box, they're both great guitars... Possibly the best values in their line, IMO.
     
  5. jimmyj

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    I prefer the Specials, always have. I like the sound of no maple top with P-90s. The other guitarist in our band in the '70s had a '56 Special and a Super Reverb. Great tone. I've liked them ever since. A goldtop is mucho cool, though and you just can't go wrong with either choice.

    Thanks for giving me an excuse to post this picture again. It's a 2006 VOS Historic '60 Special.

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  6. bbarnard

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    What's the neck profile like on the Collings? I've heard that the VOS Special is pretty beefy.
     
  7. GregoryL

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    I went with the Collings 290 as well after checking out the VOS Special and R6. It's just a fantastic guitar.

    The neck profile isn't huge, but it's a beefy C shape. More like an R0 than an R8 / R9.
     
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    I went with the R6. Killer guitar, though some day I'd also like either a P90 Special or a P90 SG.

    R0 Special vs R6..... this is one of those decisions where I don't think you could go wrong with either one.

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  9. Shark Sandwich

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    I have an R6, which is probably my favorite guitar out of my collection of custom shop strat, teles, and Historic Gibsons. That said, I have played several single cut specials and I really do want one. They have a huge neck which I like and a chunkiness that the R6 doesn't have. They're a little more rough around the edges, sound-wise. There doesn't seem to be many of them around, though.
     
  10. GuitarsFromMars

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    I agree with Dave.I have been gassing for a P90 guitar.

    :dude
     
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    I can speak for the 56. You gotta like meat on the neck or you'll hate it. I personally love it. I've got to say though, those in the know love thier Heritages and Colling's. I really dug the 56 though without having played the aforementioned two.
     

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