#1
I'm think of getting the Epiphone Les Paul Goldtop and those have P90 pickups in it. I already have an Ibanez guitar I use for metal and stuff but assume I'm stuck with the Epiphone, would a proper gate be okay to play metal on those pickups?

By metal I mean Lamb of God. Their tone isn't overly saturated by distortion but it does have a lot of gain.
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P90's + metal = not a good match.

You probably could do it, but your tone would be sub par to that of your ibanez. P90's are made for blues/classic rock.
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I'm think of getting the Epiphone Les Paul Goldtop and those have P90 pickups in it. I already have an Ibanez guitar I use for metal and stuff but assume I'm stuck with the Epiphone, would a proper gate be okay to play metal on those pickups?

By metal I mean Lamb of God. Their tone isn't overly saturated by distortion but it does have a lot of gain.


Actually dude in a recent interview Mark said that he and Willie back off the gain quite alot on wrath. Personally I believe that you can do any genre with any type of pick-up. Although some work alot better than others, it's still possible. I would say your P90's would be better than single coils. You could do it I think.
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#4
Why get P90s if you're gonna play metal? Maybe you'll be able to pull it off, but it definitely won't sound as good as humbuckers.

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Why get P90s if you're gonna play metal? Maybe you'll be able to pull it off, but it definitely won't sound as good as humbuckers.



Well I'm not looking at the Epi for a replacement, more of an addition. My Ibanez sucks for classic rock, blues stuff, and cleans. I wasn't planning on using the Epi for metal, I'm just saying that if something were to come up, would it do alright.
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i'm not sure. even with my decimator on, i sometimes still get a bit of single coil noise when i walk really close to the amp (at high gain). i only really play at home volumes, so I'm not sure if it'd be much worse at higher volumes.

but if you're mainly going to use it for rock, blues and cleans, and occasional metal, it'll probably be fine.
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Swap them out for a set of BKP Pig-90s and you'll be fine for metal
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#8
P90s can do some metal but dont excel at really heavy stuff. All you can do is try it and see if you like it, there are humbuckers out there that fit in a p90 route.
#9
single coils dont do metal very well. as said, they are meant for classic rock and other genres around there. yur ibanez should pull off metal fairly well. but if u still want it to play some blues and rock then by all means buy it. its a very beautiful guitar.
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I'm not a metalhead myself, but as far I know, Sunn O))) themselves use Gibson Les Paul Goldtops with P-90's.
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yeah lamb of god with a good amp. You can do LoG with high output singles. Don't sweat it. You probably won't need the decimator unless it gets too noisy.
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#13
hell i can get a solid metal tone on my friends telecaster. you should be fine.
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the lead guitarist for my harcore/metal band plays a 60's les paul jr. (the double cut type) and its got 2 p-90s. he sounds just fine with it too.
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Depends on what you're putting the guitar through. My tele has duncan single coils and is tuned to drop Bb - I can get some tight and unique sounds out of putting that through my 6505.
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Sounds good, but does the fact that it's Gibson have any factor, you think?

Also, for more specifics to the guy above, I never go below Drop D. I think my playing is generally pretty clean, HOWEVER (mostly with metal) I palm mute loads. It's not like I'm a shredder or anything, I'm a heavy riff guy. And if you know Lamb of God, they palm mute a shizz load. Would palm muting sound like crap with P-90's or do you think it doesn't matter much.
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i *think* p90s don't have quite as tight a bass as humbuckers, and they're a bit rawer all round. Can you try any p90 guitars?
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IMO P90s sound great for metal. They have a very raw and biting quality that works well in high gain sounds. In my profile there is a LP Jr demo. At the end there is some heavy stuff(excuse the Green Day it was done for someone looking to buy a Jr for GD sounds).
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i *think* p90s don't have quite as tight a bass as humbuckers, and they're a bit rawer all round. Can you try any p90 guitars?



The guitar stores around here only have Vox's and some Marshalls. Some good OD, but can't play metal on it really.
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Damn you, this video was already copied and ready to be pasted! Nice work

But yeah, you can do it and it can sound great too. It's always nice to hear a non-generic tone for metal. Whenever I've jammed with my metal mates I refuse to use my Ibanez's and instead use my Tele or borrow a Strat. Sounds different and cuts through a lot more.
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#21
You can play metal on anything you like mate, its more dependant on the amp in my opinion. There are plenty of players out there busting out an intense tone through single coils, i wouldn't be put off as long as you are comfortable with playing that guitar.
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The guitar stores around here only have Vox's and some Marshalls. Some good OD, but can't play metal on it really.


ah. i dunno what to advise, really.
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#23
After doing some research and watching some demo's on YouTube, I think that the Epiphone is just for me. Pretty good price, good pickups, and looks great.

HOWEVER there's always someone out there with a different opinion; for 500 bucks, what guitar would you buy besides the goldtop.
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single coils dont do metal very well.


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to be fair, though, mr malmsteen also thinks that frilly shirts are appropriate, and that donuts are a major food group.


I'm kidding, I love malmsteen. But most people seem to prefer 'buckers for the heavier stuff.
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