Epi 339P90 Pro - question about tone

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  1. navigate40

    navigate40 Member

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    Hi Everyone

    I am getting more and more interested in getting an Epiphone 339 P90 Pro.

    I already have an Epi LP Stand Plus Pro (humbuckers) and....made up a twin P90 loaded pickguard for my strat and put it on. Sound is amazing...and I love it.

    My question: Would the 339 P90 Pro sound too similar to a twin P90 strat??? I wonder how different a semi-hollow would sound from a solid body.

    Anyone with experience with a P90 Pro LP and a 339 P90??

    I could put the strat back to SSS with a Fat 50's pickguard I have. Then along with the LP and 339, have quite a nice collection (DR 500mce included :). But....the strat plays great, and so...if the 339 P90 would just have the same sound...might as well not get that and keep the strat with P90's in it.

    Any comments would be appreciated. Anyone with experience with a P90 LP or SG and 339 would be most helpful.

    Many thanks
    John
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    BTW...focused on the 339 because I definitely want P90's and would like to be able to put a Bigsby on. The size is perfect. So....full sized hollow bodies seem out. Casino coup cannot fit a bigsby. The WildKat would have no advantage. Others, such as a Gretsch are all humbuckers.

    The only other possibility (that I can think of) might be the Blueshawk. It is semi-hollow with P90 Pro's. But...the Blueshawk seems so similar in shape to the LP, that there seems little advantage. You would think the 339 would have more hollow body tone...being larger. Also, cannot fit a Bigsby to the BH.

    There is an ES LP model...but....there does not seem to be any advantage to that over a 339, if one already has an LP.
     
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    Benjammin Senior Member

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    I think a 339 w/ P90s would sound different enough from a P90 Strat
     
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    Thank you!

    I think I have come up with the solution. Get the 339 P90 and.....turn the strat into an HSS strat. I happen to have a Fender Humbucker and a set of Fender Fat 50's pups. Ordered a wiring harness specific for an HSS configuration, from 920D. And an HSS pickguard.

    So...Will have an HH Les Paul, HSS Strat and a 339 P90. Should be a great combination and a collection that gives me a lot of choices.

    Now...the big question..... 339 in natural or cherry. Natural seems a more classic color, while cherry looks exciting. Hmmmm.... yes, cherry, I think.

    Thanks
    John
     
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    I have the 339 natural. Love the P90's, its a great playing & comfortable guitar, but the natural finish is almost too light. Wouldn't mind having some color to it, but I bought it used w/case for a great price, so I couldn't pick. The cherry would be stunning!
     
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    Not a 339, but, yeah...cherry looks good. Classic.
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    I have the HB 339 in natural (my 335 is cherry). Love the natural, a great guitar.
     
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    I have a Gibson Special with dual P-90's and an Epi 339 with P-90's. Love them both. The LP is meatier and raw (pretty awesome, IMO, and more geared toward harder rock), but the 339 is pretty sweet, as hollowbodies typically are. It's smoother and more full-bodied. Both are great guitars.
     
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    I've had Strat, SG P 90s, Jr., Special, 339 P90Pro
    The 339 is it's own thing.
    Great bang for the buck.
     
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