Giving the P90 tone a try with Tonerider Rebel 90

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  1. Worblehat

    Worblehat Well-Known Member

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    There you have it... you guys raved about the tone of P90s so much that I started craving for it, too. I didn't want to buy a new guitar at the moment so I looked into humbucker-sized P90s to fit in my Epiphone Iommi SG (my main guitar...actually the only on that I play).

    I know people might disapprove modding a signature guitar (or buying signature guitars in the first place) but I am really happy with it and I absolutely love the sound of its Gibson signature pickups. They are hard to describe... beefy and a bit dark but razor-sharp highs, very articulated and not muddy at all. They are great for overdriven/high gain sound. But I was looking for another clean and crunch tone. As I have used the bridge pickup exclusively I figured I might replace the neck pickup and get more versatility.

    So I got a Tonerider Rebel P90 as I've read a lot of positive reviews about them and they are very affordable (~50€). I don't really know how close they are to real P90s but I don't care because I am very impressed how good it sounds!

    I am not an expert in describing tone and also lack the experience to be qualified to really give a judgment. But let me tell you: I am very happy with my upgrade!
    The clean tones are wonderful (clear, but thick) and I dig the snarling crunchy tone for stuff like AC/DC (even in the neck position).

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  2. plankton

    plankton Well-Known Member

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    I have been thinking about doing the same thing on my G400 Pro to get more clarity from the neck position.

    Also, who cares what other people think? Buy and play whatever guitar you like, and mod it to suit your needs.
     
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  3. Worblehat

    Worblehat Well-Known Member

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    You can get a lot of clarity in the neck with this one. Didn't expect that...
    True words :cheers:
    Somehow I often feel the need to justify it... but I just shouldn't care.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    very cool... and Epiphone guitars make excellent mod platforms
    IMHO. I have two of them that I've fitted out just the way I want them,
    and those guitars give up nothing when played alongside instruments
    costing eight times as much.

    I also caught the P-90 bug from enthusiasts on this site. The more I listened,
    the more I realized just how much of my favorite music was created using these
    p'ups. So I ended up getting an Epiphone ES-339 P-90 pro, and modding it
    extensively, and now it's one of my favorite guitars.

    Your SG ought to have an excellent and unique tone. Good choice!
     
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    Worblehat Well-Known Member

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    If I would buy a new guitar now I would consider a ES-339 with P-90s (besides an P90-equipped SG). I like the combination of semi-hollow-body and small dimensions. I never really showed interest in (semi-)hollow-body guitars. But then I heared what awesome tones this guy gets out of a Casino with P90s:



    :dude:
     
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    Woo ! Thanks for making me discover these guys.
     
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    Worblehat Well-Known Member

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    Glad you like them. I discovered them by chance on Youtube and listen to them ever since. So much energy and talent from a two-man band!
     
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    I have a set of these I haven’t found a home for yet...
     
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    Well...if you can't find a home for them you can send them to me and I'll find one :naughty:
     
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  10. Simon Bradshaw

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    Check out the hum size p90s from Axesrus in the uk. They sound fabulous. I have a A5 in the bridge and an A2 in the neck of my 2011 sg special.
     
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    I too have been checking out bucker sized P90s. At one point I was on Amazon checking out cheapo p/u's. They have decent reviews, around 30.00 for the pair:

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  12. Worblehat

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    Haven't heard of them before although I searched quite extensively for hum sized P90s online. Looks interesting and about the same price as the Tonerider pickups!
    Maybe I should try them before Brexit. Who knows how much tax I have to pay afterwards... :hmm:
     
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    Well...that's cheap! Would really like to know how they compare to more expensive ones. If you are on a budget probably worth a try...
     
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    I moved the Rebel 90 from the neck to the bridge position today as I was very curious how it sounded...
    Its phenomenal! Certainly more clarity and bite. Getting much closer to the AC/DC sound I am looking for at the moment.

    Not sure if I should order the bridge Rebel 90 to put in there or stay with the neck Rebel 90 in the bridge position. What difference would this make?
     

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