#2
I'll have to say no. The ones I've tried have played terribly and felt like they were going to fall apart. The pickup is garbage, too. I would splurge a bit and go for a Gibson Melody Maker; in my experience they're much better made.
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#3
Can't say I've played one, but aren't P90s wider than humbuckers? So you'd either need to get one of those 'humbucker sized' P90s or do some routing work on the body
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#4
you get what you pay for - i have one which i bought on a whim a couple of years back, and with a good setup it will make a decent punk/grunge/garage rock type guitar if you want a trashy sort of sound, but that's where the usefulness ends - you're not really gonna improve the tone by putting a P-90 in it because it just doesn't have a strong enough natural tone to benefit from a pickup upgrade.


basically unless you're just looking for something cheap to learn on, or something for practicing setting up and modifying guitars, it's not really worth it.

+1 to the melody maker idea - 4-5x more expensive but, 100x better guitar - well worth saving up for
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#5
Fair enough, cheers for the input. Sadly, I've never seen one in any of the local music shops so I've never had a chance to play one.
#6
If you're in the UK, check out Gordon Smith guitars. Their Les Paul copies are pretty good. Not quite as cheap as this Epiphone (around 500 pounds), but I think it's worth the investment. Also, they come stock with either 'buckers of P-90's.


Also, I believe the Melody Maker has a small single coil, not a P-90. I don't know what it sounds like but it looks more like a Fender-style single coil.

EDIT: Or try this one
http://www.gak.co.uk/en/epiphone-limited-edition-les-paul-special-singlecut-tv-yellow/38966
Mahogany body, set neck, Grover tuners, P-90's. It's closer to what you want and seems like a better quality instrument. The limited edition just looks like a LP Special 2 with one pickup. I think the bolt-on neck and alder body kind of ruin the Les Paul-ness of it.
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