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You're all probably fed up of hearing about this, but I've just put my Les Paul 60s Tribute in to get modded with three pickups today

I'm having Gibson neck p90 in neck, bridge p90 in middle, and a Bare Knuckle pig 90 ceramic in the bridge. Three way selector, each position selecting one pickup.

White Les Paul, cream pups.

What do people think of this aesthetically?
Any experience with three p90s?
Do you think it would ruin the look?
What do you think the sound would be like?

I'm shitting myself worrying haha. But I always worry when I change shit on my guitars
#2
Pics when it is done.

And a review of the War Pig

I think it is a cool concept you have, but I don't think I would have done it personaly. Diffrent srokes for diffrent folks
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#3
Quote by Robbgnarly
Pics when it is done.

And a review of the War Pig

I think it is a cool concept you have, but I don't think I would have done it personaly. Diffrent srokes for diffrent folks


Think the pig would work in the LP? I figured they both have pronounced midrange

Why wouldn't you personally do it?
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Quote by Paddynbob
Think the pig would work in the LP? I figured they both have pronounced midrange

Why wouldn't you personally do it?

I wouldn't use the middle pickup enough to warrant me modding my guitar, no other reason
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#5
Quote by Robbgnarly
I wouldn't use the middle pickup enough to warrant me modding my guitar, no other reason


The only reason I'm doing it is so I've got a metal pup live, and ill have the three sounds what do you think of the look of two p90s vs 3?
#6
That is a logical reason

I have a few guitars and they all have diff pickups so I can have diff flavors.

I have a Tele with a JBjr in the bridge and a GFS Dream 180 in the nec with coil taps. A PRS CE22 with Dragon II's and coil taps. A G-400 with a JB in the bridge. A Sanox LP clone with a GFS Fat Pat in the bridge. A Dean Evo with a Dimarzio Super Distortion in the bridge and a GFS mean 90 in the neck. And a few others with other pickups.
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#7
Quote by Robbgnarly
That is a logical reason

I have a few guitars and they all have diff pickups so I can have diff flavors.

I have a Tele with a JBjr in the bridge and a GFS Dream 180 in the nec with coil taps. A PRS CE22 with Dragon II's and coil taps. A G-400 with a JB in the bridge. A Sanox LP clone with a GFS Fat Pat in the bridge. A Dean Evo with a Dimarzio Super Distortion in the bridge and a GFS mean 90 in the neck. And a few others with other pickups.


Yeah? I put an invader in the bridge of my other LP, and I was worried about doing that, but once I did it I never looked back
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How much would the mod damage the resale value? baring in mind it was chipped already
#12
Quote by LeviMan_2001
Probably not much if it's done very well. I think it'll be way cool.


Only licensed Gibson guitar tech in Scotland... Should hopefully be done well
#14
Quote by Paddynbob
Do you prefer two or three looks wise?


I don't play for looks. I play for sound. But, some axes look better with 2 while others look better with three. I think it will look alright with three. Then again, I'm mostly a Stratocaster player, so I'm pretty used to having three pickups all the time.
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#15
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I don't play for looks. I play for sound. But, some axes look better with 2 while others look better with three. I think it will look alright with three. Then again, I'm mostly a Stratocaster player, so I'm pretty used to having three pickups all the time.


Yes, yes, yes, sound > looks, blah blah blah, but anyone who says its not nice to have a nice looking guitar is lying
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Quote by Paddynbob
Yes, yes, yes, sound > looks, blah blah blah, but anyone who says its not nice to have a nice looking guitar is lying


Not really, I don't look at guitars as having to be pretty. They're tools. When I go work on a car or something, My tools aren't pretty and new and they certainly aren't there for looks. They are there to be used. I look at guitars the same way. I'd play pretty guitars, piece of shit guitars, beat up guitars, shiny guitars. None of that makes a difference to me.

I agree, if you're playing, you should be attracted to the instrument. But I'm not attracted to it's looks. I'm attracted to how it feels and the sound it gives me.
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#17
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Not really, I don't look at guitars as having to be pretty. They're tools. When I go work on a car or something, My tools aren't pretty and new and they certainly aren't there for looks. They are there to be used. I look at guitars the same way. I'd play pretty guitars, piece of shit guitars, beat up guitars, shiny guitars. None of that makes a difference to me.

I agree, if you're playing, you should be attracted to the instrument. But I'm not attracted to it's looks. I'm attracted to how it feels and the sound it gives me.


But if you had two guitars that sounded exactly the same, played the same, but ones body was a gold top and one was shaped like susan boyle naked?
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Quote by Paddynbob
But if you had two guitars that sounded exactly the same, played the same, but ones body was a gold top and one was shaped like susan boyle naked?


If I had two guitars that sounded the same, I'd tweak one to sound different, whether it's different pickups, different wiring or whatever. And the looks wouldn't matter to me. If they were both comfortable to play and both sounded good, then I'd play it. It wouldn't make any difference to me. Color/shape is not important to me as long as it's functional, logical, comfortable to play and sounds good.
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#19
Quote by kurt_cobain9
If I had two guitars that sounded the same, I'd tweak one to sound different, whether it's different pickups, different wiring or whatever. And the looks wouldn't matter to me. If they were both comfortable to play and both sounded good, then I'd play it. It wouldn't make any difference to me. Color/shape is not important to me as long as it's functional, logical, comfortable to play and sounds good.


But if you had the choice, and you had to pick one?
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Quote by Paddynbob
But if you had the choice, and you had to pick one?


Either. If they both sound the same and played the same, it would make no difference which one I picked up. They both would suit my need.
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#21
Quote by kurt_cobain9
Either. If they both sound the same and played the same, it would make no difference which one I picked up. They both would suit my need.


But one is Susan Boyle naked!
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Quote by Paddynbob
But one is Susan Boyle naked!


and your point? I've already said I could care less what they look like as long as they play comfortably and sound good.
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#23
Quote by kurt_cobain9
and your point? I've already said I could care less what they look like as long as they play comfortably and sound good.


But it being unpleasant to look at is surely different?
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not really. If I were a mechanic, sure, I'd want my tools clean, in the sense that I need them to be functional, but if they looked pretty to me, It would probably mean that I haven't been using them. the wrench that is a bit dinged up, a little rusted and has some patina is just as good as that shiny looking wrench in the tool box. They're both wrenches and both work well and do what I need them to do, so what do i care as to what they look like?
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#25
Quote by kurt_cobain9
not really. If I were a mechanic, sure, I'd want my tools clean, in the sense that I need them to be functional, but if they looked pretty to me, It would probably mean that I haven't been using them. the wrench that is a bit dinged up, a little rusted and has some patina is just as good as that shiny looking wrench in the tool box. They're both wrenches and both work well and do what I need them to do, so what do i care as to what they look like?


well, what if it were to make less people come to see you play?
#26
Quote by Paddynbob
well, what if it were to make less people come to see you play?

Dude, why are you so hung up on looks? what matters is the sound, feal and how well you can play it to make it sound good.

Don't worry about looks, you already decided to do the mod right? live with your choice and play the hell out of it.
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#27
Quote by Paddynbob
well, what if it were to make less people come to see you play?

Nobody is going to decide whether or not they go to a show by how the guitarists guitar looks, It'll probably look different, and maybe a little odd, but honestly one of my friends plays a bass that is more duct tape and wood glue than it is wood, and his band still gets a good crowd for most of their shows.
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Bastards.
#28
Quote by Paddynbob
well, what if it were to make less people come to see you play?


wouldn't make difference to me. if they're there for my guitar and not the music, then i wouldn't want them at my shows any way.
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#31
Quote by Robbgnarly
Dude, why are you so hung up on looks? what matters is the sound, feal and how well you can play it to make it sound good.

Don't worry about looks, you already decided to do the mod right? live with your choice and play the hell out of it.


I'm not hung up, it just annoys me when people say aesthetics makes no difference, e.g. the scenario i gave. Theres no shame in liking the way a guitar looks as long as it doesn't influence whether you buy/use that guitar or not.
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Quote by Paddynbob
I'm not hung up, it just annoys me when people say aesthetics makes no difference, e.g. the scenario i gave. Theres no shame in liking the way a guitar looks as long as it doesn't influence whether you buy/use that guitar or not.

You made it sound as if you wouldn't do it if you didn't like the way I looked. In reality noone cares how your guitar looks but you, it won't hinder show attendance, it won't make you sound better, it won't get you in a band any better (unless they are a bad glam metal band). I was at this show where these guys had 4 guitarists, and each one was a different one of the dean mustaine guitars with the cool decals in front, I couldn't stay through it because the whole group sounded like ass, including the drummer.
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Bastards.
#33
Quote by Viban
You made it sound as if you wouldn't do it if you didn't like the way I looked. In reality noone cares how your guitar looks but you, it won't hinder show attendance, it won't make you sound better, it won't get you in a band any better (unless they are a bad glam metal band). I was at this show where these guys had 4 guitarists, and each one was a different one of the dean mustaine guitars with the cool decals in front, I couldn't stay through it because the whole group sounded like ass, including the drummer.



There's BAD glam metal?
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There's BAD glam metal?


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Bastards.
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#35
Quote by Viban
You made it sound as if you wouldn't do it if you didn't like the way I looked. In reality noone cares how your guitar looks but you, it won't hinder show attendance, it won't make you sound better, it won't get you in a band any better (unless they are a bad glam metal band). I was at this show where these guys had 4 guitarists, and each one was a different one of the dean mustaine guitars with the cool decals in front, I couldn't stay through it because the whole group sounded like ass, including the drummer.


If i cared about looks, i wouldn't have gone for the tribute. Its block white, no binding, finish stripped round the edges. It just winds me up when people act as if theres some sort of shame in liking how your guitar looks. As long as you don't let it influence your decision, in my mind, its fine
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Quote by Paddynbob
If i cared about looks, i wouldn't have gone for the tribute. Its block white, no binding, finish stripped round the edges. It just winds me up when people act as if theres some sort of shame in liking how your guitar looks. As long as you don't let it influence your decision, in my mind, its fine


Why shouldn't you let looks influence your decision? It's your guitar. You're the one who has to look at it every time you pick it up to play. If it looks like horse meat, it's going to hurt you every single time you do just that.

Quote by Viban
You made it sound as if you wouldn't do it if you didn't like the way I looked. In reality noone cares how your guitar looks but you, it won't hinder show attendance, it won't make you sound better, it won't get you in a band any better (unless they are a bad glam metal band). I was at this show where these guys had 4 guitarists, and each one was a different one of the dean mustaine guitars with the cool decals in front, I couldn't stay through it because the whole group sounded like ass, including the drummer.


It's about how you feel about it. **** whatever other people think. As long as you're happy with it, that's all that matters. If it sounds and plays like shit, but all you're bothered about is the fact that it's gorgeous then I don't really see the problem with that. I happen to agree with you about the crowd noticing. The fact is, they're not going to notice whether or not it sounds like a shit guitar. 90% of tone is in the fingers, anyway.
EH


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#39
Quote by eddiehimself
Why shouldn't you let looks influence your decision? It's your guitar. You're the one who has to look at it every time you pick it up to play. If it looks like horse meat, it's going to hurt you every single time you do just that.


It's about how you feel about it. **** whatever other people think. As long as you're happy with it, that's all that matters. If it sounds and plays like shit, but all you're bothered about is the fact that it's gorgeous then I don't really see the problem with that. I happen to agree with you about the crowd noticing. The fact is, they're not going to notice whether or not it sounds like a shit guitar. 90% of tone is in the fingers, anyway.


Exactly.
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