why all the p100 hate?

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  1. warren0728

    warren0728 Member

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    i was wondering why there is so much hate for p100's. I bought a 98 les paul special that has p100's and i think the guitar sounds really good. I would like to keep it stock but i hear how p90's are so superior i was wondering what makes them better?

    I'm not a pro and am just curious....what changes will i notice if i switch the p100's to p90's?

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  2. rwe333

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    Perhaps post this in the Guitars section...
     
  3. The Golden Boy

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    There's a certain "lifelessness" to them. A "sterility" you may not hear until you try a P-90. I had a set of P-100s in a guitar, and I was happy with them- then a friend referred to my guitar as "toneless." I got some P-90s and all of a sudden the guitar's tone seemed to "breathe." It was organic, it didn't feel compressed.

    I can see that sound working for some people, but it's not where I'm at anymore.
     
  4. warren0728

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    couldn't decide where to post it and figured since it was more sound oriented i would put it here. Admin is welcome to move it if it is in the wrong place.
     
  5. Raymund

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    I agree that sometimes a bridge P-100 sounds decent, but neck P-100´s ??? Eeeek.
    I replaced them with Lollar P-90´s and my Special started to come to life.
     
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    Adding P 90s will be like taking the heavy wool blanket off of your amp that you didn't know was there.
     
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    That's the trade off... say good bye to the hum, say hello to the dead tone... it's a question of what you can live with.
     
  8. riffpowers

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    I like em.
    And I've played loads of p90's.
     
  9. WordMan

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    Why do some folks prefer one type of wine over the other? YOu have to decide is you care enough and are willing to invest the time and $$ to compare and contrast, then make YOUR choice. At least it would be an informed choice, right?

    I chose to, took the time, and found P-90's to be superior for all the reasons described above. Your mileage may vary.
     
  10. WordMan

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    Oh - one other thing: I may get stuff thrown at me for saying this, but I hear far less of a difference between P-90's and P-100's when the wood they are bolted to stinks. I am one of those that firmly believes that the fundamental tone of a guitar is in the wood, design and build quality of the guitar. If the wood isn't great, the pickups don't have a base tone to amplify that sounds good - and that matters.

    You can get into a big debate about whether Old Wood (i.e., 50's Gibsons and Fenders) are truly better - but that is not my point. My point is that good wood, regardless of era, really matters - and that seems to be especially true for P-90's.

    So - if I can hear that a P-100 doesn't sound as good as a P-90, it is a safe bet (to me) that the guitar is made of decent wood! Again - your milage may vary...
     
  11. Luke V

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    I read somewhere that you can turn a P100 into a great sounding P90. It seemed like a simple mod too.
     

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