The Early Les Paul Sound

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  1. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    Was not P-90s. Look close, those aren't P-90s on that guitar. They look very much like Duo Sonics, which were one of Les's secret tools in his hay daze.

    TV Jones still makes these in P-90 form today.
     

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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Nice catch, Froggy..

    Only thing I can add is that they might actually be Dynasonics.

    De'Armond's original single coil design for Gretch, they predate the Humbucker era like the P-90 did.

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    Les was, of course, a tone chaser, even winding his own to try to find the perfect clean sound.....

    Makes sense he would have shopped around whatever was out there at the time..
     
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    Dynasonic?


    EDIT: @DarrellV beat me!

    Nice catch, @Frogfur! Les never was one to leave a factory-built tool alone.
     

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    My mis print, you are correct.
    Thanks for the clairfication.
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Its a small thing really, some folks get uppity over the little things like this, but it happens to me a lot too.

    Doesn't help the Gretch chose to name them all along the same lines and similar sounding names, either.

    Still a great video of a better time in guitar history. Everything was still new and developing..
     
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    You know who else rocked this?






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    Head to 1:48
     
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    Dang! Who comes through again! :applause:
     
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    Here's a peek under the hood...
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    Needs moar Marshall.

    I'll show myself to the door.
     
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    TV Jones has the T-90s and the T-Armonds . two very different pickups ( I can personally attest to the fact that the T-Armonds sound amazing )

    from what I understand , some of the DynaSonics were made by DeArmond during that time __ and I'm guessing that some of that very special tones comes from the unpotted design . although they have their " issues " , some of the older microphonic pickups can sound other-wordly
     
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    Here's a lovely Duo Sonic for the OP!

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    I sure wish they made that model in a lefty.
     
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    From a Reverb listing. Don't know if its current, but they do make them..

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    Neil Young. Early "Old Black" pic.


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    That just looks..so...wrong
     
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    The reason i put this up is, i was actually thinking of putting a TV Jones in my SG.
    Thats what got me thinking about Les and those pups.
     
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    Thats why he's the who's who of whos.
     
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