P90 Tributes....... Any good?

p90rules

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Seen one of these in my local cash converter for £400...matt black colour... Are they any good guys?
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If you like P90 then it's good. Why would you think it wasn't any good?
 

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I had a 2010 50's Tribute and it was an excellent playing and great sounding guitar. I shop for bargains on them all the time. The finish level is "faded, studio" so understand that going in. I like it. Not all will appreciate that level of finish, though.
 

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@Sinster... Simple enough question. Not all modern, low end Gibsons are good... Do they use Mahogany or some other species??
Are the fingerboards Rosewood?
 

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if you like the specs why would you think they wouldn't be? They're built the same as the others

I've had quite a few tributes, none were lacking on anything but visual appeal.
 

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I just shipped off a 2011 60s Tribute Goldtop. Only sold to fund another purchase/upgrade. Very nice guitar, I had no complaints, just looking to trim down/upgrade my gear
 

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The 2010's are mahogany backs and neck, maple cap, rosewood fb.



Mine had a very dark rosewood board. The body is chambered which made it 7 lbs. 7 oz. I loved it. Only sold when I needed cash.



It did everything a P-90 Les Paul should do, IMHO.
 

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I just bought a 2016 60's tribute with P90's .. Original owner had changed the Gibson P90's for Lindy Fralins.. Two piece back, nice plain top.. thick Rosewood fretboard... Fantastic Les Paul... definitely a keeper.
 

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Right. That encourages me to take a closer look... I didn't know they were full mahogany construction... Thanks for your input guys
 

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I have pricier Pauls, but my 2016T is an excellent guitar all the way around. I‘ve played a few duds, but this one plays and sounds great...$699 new a few years ago, some online store was blowing out remaining inventory.
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I’ve wanted to add one of these to the stable for a min.. I’ll get around to it eventually.. I can’t recall, the only way to get a gold top version is the humbucker model right ?
 

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I have two '17 LP Tributes. The Faded Honeyburst has factory 490 humbuckers. Also has a one-piece back. The other is a Goldtop with factory P90's. Love 'em both. They have the 60's necks. Both guitars have the stain over wood. No black covering up the wood. Mahogany necks, mahogany backs, and maple tops! Not an Epiphone basher, but I'd rather have a Gibson!
 

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They have Goldtop P-90 models over several years.
For sure...my avatar GT is a 60s Tribute from 2011 (bought used 3-4 years ago).

I recently played mine back to back with a brand new 2019 Standard with P90s and I actually preferred mine: Mine sounded better to my ears (Standard was really bassy), though I concede the Standard looks nicer with the glossy top and binding. The particular one I looked at had roughly finished binding too, though I have tried another one that was better finished. Being chambered/lightened, mine isn't heavy either compared to both Standards I tried (both over 9.5lbs).

The money I 'saved' by not upgrading has been spent on all of my guitars doing various upgrades, some locking tuners and will also cover a re-fret on an old favourite one, so a win-win for me and I won't have that 'what if' thing now I've tried.
 

charlie chitlins

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Mine kills. Chambered P90 goodness.
I bought it to try to relive my '71 Deluxe I sold many years ago, and it's every bit as good.
Seen many gigs.
Now it sports a DeArmond Dyna by the neck...Lester Style.
When I wanted to be sure to sound killer at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, THAT was the weapon.
 

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I have a 2010 50's tribute, so (I believe) chambered. I put it in the same category as my 2013 60's tribute SG. Great, low cost "workhorse" guitars. Compared to my other LP's, a 2012 Traditional & a 1981 Heritage 80 Standard, the 50's tribute is only lacking the "bling" (gloss finish, binding, headstock overlay etc). It's a great player though & sounds great.
You have the benefit of the guitar being at your local cash converters, so you can go play it. That's what I'd be doing to know if it was for me or not. Cheers
 

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I bought a '13 '50s Tribute GT with P90s very cheaply in 2014. In spite of nine hole weight relief and the thinner body it still weighs 9.2 lbs. It has since been modified with new nut, plastics, a pick guard and mini humbuckers. Can't and wouldn't change that '50s neck, though :D

But yes, P90 tributes are the bee's knees, the cat's ass, and they're just plain supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
 

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Gibson's P90 PUs are well regarded, and rightly so. Tributes are perfectly good platforms for those pickups, and you end up with a pretty solid overall design and a well built guitar. I've been impressed by the playability of the less-pricey Gibsons. The areas for cost-savings are straightforward (trim, sometimes wood species, finish options, etc.) and in this case do not seem detrimental in the least. The big question, really, is whether you want a P90 guitar. P90 pickups really dominate the guitar.
 


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