SG Guitars With P-90s

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  1. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    I have one and it was my first Gibson Guitar after everything else was taken care of, my wife said if you want one get it bless her heart. What i wanted was an SG. Les Pauls were still a ways away cost wise.
    I had to convince Betty I really needed one. I later just ordered one because, I've always found it easier to beg for forgiveness rather than beg for permission. You got to know your limitations.

    So here is mine. It is special for a couple of reasons. One, it was my first one since 1973. And it was new ! and it had P-90s.
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    She's got Locking Grovers which i like. Look good and ad mass to the head stock. This factory nut was cut good.

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    This guitar has an American Bigsby B5 mounted on a custom made manifold of an original design, made for me by my guitar partner in his machine shop in 1998 before Vibramate.

    He realized that mounting a bigsby directly on the body put the Bigsby too low to be practical which is true. By mounting higher it positions the pitch bar handle to operate in a more useful way. That also makes this guitar special.
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    It also incorporates a roller bridge which i find helpful when you have a Bigsby. Anything to allow the strings to move freely as possible. It also incorporates a Jonsey harness inside.
    She's a sexy thing ..
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    Cjsinla Senior Member

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    First, I’m partial to P90’s. I had an old SG special from the mid 60s that I picked up in the 80s. At times, it sounded so good it was startling. However, the very thin neck made me leery that it was going to break so I sold it. I later bought another one that was on sale at GC, a 2010 model. That one sounded good as well but was a little dark for my taste. This is the one I have now, one of the Pete Townsend 50th anniversary models. It sounds great.

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    Admittedly not a Gibson but very nice. Vintage brand Mick Abrahams SG with Irongear 'P90s'.
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    All of the above guitars look nice !! Just picked up this one a couple days ago... Too cool to pass on, Had to get it..Play's great , Stay's in tune and the P90's sound great !
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    Sp8ctre Senior Member

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    This is a creation of Exnihilo, but I consider it a P90 SG...

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    Mine has only one P-90, but it rules.

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    Adding mass to the headstock of an SG is generally not a good thing, since they are unbalanced instruments, but with a big hunk of Bigsby sitting there, it's no problem on this one. Gibson's P90s are pretty good. I have a Lollar on one of mine, and a Gibson on the other, and they're both fine. Gibson P90s have many fans -- they're one of the few PUs that people down't swap out instantly. Did you notice that your guitar is made backwards?
     
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    I’m just drooling.
     
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    Frogfur Senior Member

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    To each their own. We're all in this together.
    First off, from my point of view any mass is good and can help with sustain. Secondly, I always hold onto any guitar. Nose dive is not an issue.
    This guitar sustains very nicely, I feel due to the mass of the Bigsby and those Grovers. Grocers are the heaviest tuners weight wise on the market. I'm keeping them on there.
     
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    Purely anecdotal, but my best-sustaining guitar is not super heavy and has an aluminum wraparound bridge and Kluson strip tuners. Not sure I buy the whole mass=sustain argument from the old brass hardware era... I don't like heavy guitars or heavy hardware.

    As cool as SG specials are, I never hear a ton of sonic difference b/w the two pickups -- it's almost like a guitar w/ two middle pickups, since the neck one is pretty far away from the end of the fretboard and the bridge one is pretty far from the bridge. I like LP Specials a little better, sonically, even though I absolutely love SGs.
     
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    I have a LP special dc with p-90's, otherwise I would get an SG with them. Live at Leeds baby!
     
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    Craig Sock Seen my keys? Gold Supporter

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    That is really nice.
     
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    Frogfur Senior Member

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    I've had mine out just about all week. I really do like the SG guitars, and the fact that they have never once gone out of production since their introduction really says something about their lasting design.
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    Love my SG with P-90s.
     
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