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What's next; a Tele or P90 Les Paul?

Stratoben127

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I currently have a Custom Shop Strat and a Les Paul Standard. The Strat is Ash/Maple with CS69s and a Texas Special in the bridge, so it's very "Stratty" sounding and has a lot of chimeyness. My Les Paul has Wolfetone PAF style pickups, so it has that classic honky LP sound.

Recently, I've been playing my Les Paul a lot more because the wider radius allows me to play a bit more freely, and it sounds much thicker and bigger than my Strat for the type of music I play, which is Blues-Rock/Jam band stuff like The Allman Brothers, Cream, Govt Mule, Grateful Dead, Traffic, etc. I still love my Strat for some of my original stuff and when I play Hendrix, Floyd, and some other tunes, but lately the LP is becoming more of my thing. The 9.5" radius on my Strat, when comparing it to a Les Paul, seems very tight and difficult to do precise faster runs. I had the Strat first, and I love how it feels and everything, but when I'm really playing, my LP seems to give me the goods a bit more. I also find that with a medium gain sound (Plexi on about 6), the Les Paul sounds way better, while the Strat excels at low gain and Fuzz sounds. I play through a Germino amp and normally don't use too many pedals- just a Timmy to add some gain and keep the volume down, and some other boosts, a fuzz, and delay. The rest is just for fun.

I'm on the search for my next guitar that can cover somewhat of a middle ground between the chimier Fender sound (good when clean) and the nastier Gibson sustaining sound (good with a cranked up Plexi). I feel I play more precisely and comfortably behind my LP, so I'm wondering if I should get an LP with P90s for a brighter sound, and maybe get some underwound ones. Another option is to get a Tele with hot pickups. I'm not sure if it would be a mistake to get a Tele though, as I've been leaning towards Gibsons lately. Maybe even a Les Paul Deluxe would do the trick? If anybody could help me out, that'd be awesome. I won't be getting anything for at least a few months, but I want to wait to get something good. My choices right now are these, in order of preference:
-Gibson 60th Anniversary Les Paul ('53 style).
-Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
-Fender '52 Hot Rod Tele
-Partscaster Thinline Tele with a P90 in the neck.

Another option is also the Gibson Non-Reverse Firebird with the split P90s, but I played an earlier model and it played like crap, although it wasn't set up well.
 

Findthetone

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I totally understand the difference in radius issue. I have a American Deluxe Strat that I had modded into a superstrat but I just don't get along with 9.5" radius necks anymore. 12" seems to be the best for me. I have one of the Les Paul Tradition Pro P90 s that I love so ou might want to look into those. I love Teles but like you I will either build one or I think some G&Ls have 12" necks. The P90 Paul covers a ton of ground though
 

Playloudd308

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My Nocaster has all the chime of my Tom Anderson strat and my Eric Johnson strat.... And then some. At the same rate, Jimmy Page has fooled quite a few of us with his telecaster. It's all about how you play em'. My Nocaster has put my other guitars into early retirement. Most alive feeling instrument I have played.
 

Palladio

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Have you considered a Les Paul Special with 2 P90s?
For me that covers some great middle ground between a Tele and LP with humbuckers, both in terms of sound and the way it feels - a little more basic and lighter than most LP Standards. If you prefer the Gibson neck try a few with P90s for sure.

Another option I think might fit would be a partscaster Tele built with a neck that has a Gibson type profile and radius (although the longer scale will still make it feel a bit different unless you also get a 24 3/4 scaled neck). Then put a hotter broadcaster type pickup in the bridge like a Don Mare 0038.
 

harpinon

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THIS! 2011 Gibson Les Paul Traditional pro.
I love the wire taps. Almost gets into Tele-land. Very versitile indeed.
 

feet

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you're welcome

though a semi or an lp with minis would be clever as well
 

Sean French

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By what you have posted it seems you don't gell with Fender'.
I would recommend looking into the Tribute LP' with P90'.
Great bang for the buck Gibby IMO. I luv mine. I have owned vintage Juniors and a bunch of Historics. So, take my opinion as just an experienced opinion.
Good luck and happy searching.
 

Stratoben127

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I forgot to mention, on the cheaper side of things, I was pretty impressed with the 70's Tribute Firebird I played a few weeks back. I loved the feel, actually more than a real 'bird, and the pickups were surprisingly nice too.
 






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