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Slab Mahogany + P90s: Larrivee Collings or Heritage

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by MillIsland, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. MillIsland

    MillIsland Member

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    I'm looking for a slab bodied double P90 guitar. Has anyone compared the Collings 290 to the Larrivee RS-2 and the Heritage 137? I have an 65 SG Jr. and am not looking for vintage or Gibson. Just a modern Dual P90. Three totally different pricepoints but I'm looking for bang for buck + great tones.
     
  2. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    I've owned a Collings 290, Heritage H137, and a couple of Hamer Specials.

    The Collings was beautiful, and had an amazing smoky sound -- I know that's a cheesy sort of word, but that was how I thought of it at the time. It wasn't a super-aggressive guitar, but it had a plethora of great tones.

    I wanted to like the Heritage more than I did. It was definitely the roughest of the 4 guitars, in terms of construction. By that I mean it was a basically very solid, reliable guitar, but you had the idea it was made by people, not machines. I actually liked that about the guitar, but I never loved the sound. Good, but not great.

    I should note that my first good guitar was a '93 Hamer Special, bought new. That was my only guitar for years, and if it hadn't had such a skinny neck, I'd might still own it.

    However, when I snagged a Hamer Korina Special with a wraparound tailpiece and Lollars, I found what I wanted. Full range of P90 sounds, from smooth jazz to dirty rock. Of course, I sold it. :D
     
  3. rockinlespaul

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    Bang for the buck....Heritage.

    Best quality/tone....Collings.

    YMMV, IMHO, etc., etc.....
     
  4. MillIsland

    MillIsland Member

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    Throwing the PRS Starla X + soapbar into the mix too . . .
     
  5. Brudr

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    I don't have experience with all of those (except the Heritage), but remember that the Larrivee is a 25.5 inch scale rather than 24.75 like the other two. It should have a bit more single coil quality/clarity with the longer scale. The 137 I had was a fine instrument with a pretty hefy neck (fat).
     

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