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PRS SE soapbar vs Gibson Les Paul 60's tribute

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by vrdyer, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. vrdyer

    vrdyer Member

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    otaypanky Gold Supporting Member

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    I had an SE years ago. Played nicely, well made, no complaints.
    I grabbed a 50's Tribute when they came out (basically the same thing as the 60's) and it's my go to guitar beating out an R8, a CS edition Custom, and a whole bunch of nice and much more costly instruments.
    There's just something about it that's unique.
     
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    I don't think you'd go wrong with either. I've played both...own a SE One (single P90). I did replace the P90 in the SE with a Duncan Antiquity P90 and liked it much more. The build quality on the PRS is better but the Gibson isn't bad..there's a few rough spots but you sorta expect that from Gibson. Also, take into account whether you like the "faded" finish on the Tribute. I found unfinished wood ugly. Whatever you do, don't get the sunburst Tribute...it looks like a clown guitar. The goldtop Tribute is nice though.

    Anyway, it really comes down to brand preference.
     
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    I am not a fan of the P-90's that are in the PRS SE guitars. That alone would make me choose the Gibson every time.
     
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    ChampReverb Silver Supporting Member

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    I loved my PRS SE Soapbar in every respect except that mine always had a thin plinky sound. I really think I must have got a bad one because just about everyone else seems to say nice things about theirs.

    I tried Lollar P90's and then TV Jones Classics and rewired it with RSG pots and a PIO tone cap and 50's wiring.

    Plink, plink, plink.

    I suspect a bad body or something. Played great, felt nice, tuners worked well, etc.

    I put the stock pups back in it and traded it for an SG Faded at GC. No more plink, plink, plink.

    I would be willing to try another though.

    -bEn r.
     
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    I have a SE Soapbar II that sounds fabulous, plays great, and is almost 3 lbs lighter than my '56 Historic. I love P90s, and think the PRS P90s are some of the best I've heard. Highly recommended.

    Sorry haven't had a chance to try out any of the Tribute series yet (though I would love to).
     
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    the PRS SE build quality is up there, you are going to get better wood, the electronics may be a bit less overall. but combine it with a nice grinding amp you got a nice rock machine
     
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    I've owned a singlecut SE soap bar, a semi solid SE soap bar and currently own a tribute les Paul. I think that the build quality on all 3 guitars is equally great. Both PRS guitars sounded absolutely great, but didn't sound anything like a LP.
     
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    I own two 60's Tributes a recently played the SE w/soaps...very different sounding to me, not bad, just different. The PRS didn't have me changing my mind....still lovin' the 60's Tributes.
     
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    i found myself in a similar dilemma a few weeks ago.

    i had enough money to choose either way: PRS SE or Gibson LP Tribute.

    i chose the Gibson because it made every PRS SE i picked up feel like a toy.
     

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