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My dad is interested in buying an electric guitar and he's been looking at the PRS SE soapbars for quite a time now, because he doesn't like the sound humbuckers have and i already have a strat so another single coil guitar would be a bit silly, hence he's looking at guitars with P90-ish pickups.

Is the PRS SE soapbar a good guitar ?
if not, which guitar would you recommend ? his budget is 500 dollars, give or take. he plays low to medium gain stuff: blues, classic rock, clean stuff.... basically nothing heavy.

he hates an ES335 style guitar (don't ask me why) and telecasters.
and don't forget he's not fond of humbuckers , P90 equipped guitars would suit him i think.

thanks A LOT guys
#2
yeah its an amazing guitar, i tried one in a guitar shop once, very light and very playable, i definatly recomend he gets it, and if he doesnt like it just try a bunch of others
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that or some sort of LP with P-90s, i dont know of any other guitar like that
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Quote by lefthandman9876
hes very picky

how can someone not like telecasters?

he doesn't like their sound.

and he thinks they're fugly


thanks so far people, keep the comments coming ! any downsides to the PRS ?
#8
Sometimes, with the SE series at least, the QC on them isn't so good, end up with crap action, rough frets etc but by and large they are the best looking, sounding, and playing guitars for the money that I've played...he should try before he buys, not just for the feel of it but also for examining for any flaws etc.
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I've recently played an Epiphone Les Paul Gold Top 1956 re-issue. It was simply Awesome, the tone was absolutely crystal clear and warm (twin p-90's). Plus the guitar just had that feel and look of quality.

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Yah I was gonna suggest an Epi goldtop. If he doesn't dig the gold tho, how about an SG with p90s? I'm not sure if its in your budget but tell me if this guitar (ahem.. and chick) doesn't look sexy?!

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^Hmm.... yes please!!

The PRS SE is a good "value for money" guitar that plays really nicely and looks great too.
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I apologize for hijacking this thread, but when you say the SE, do you mean this one:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/PRS-Guitars-SE-Soapbar-Electric-Guitar?sku=519372

Also, what exactly is the difference in sound between a standard single coil and a soapbox?
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yes, that's the one. or the one with a full mahony body (not with a maple top).

It's somewhere in between the sound of a true single coil and a humbucker. it doesn"t sound as thin as a single coil, yet it isn't as full as a humbucker either. so i've heard, i haven't actually heard a P90 equipped guitar in real life yet.

thanks again for the help guys !
what about the quality of the soapbars in the PRS, are they any good ?

i'll definitely let my dad know about that Epi too
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Quote by Highbinder
Yah I was gonna suggest an Epi goldtop. If he doesn't dig the gold tho, how about an SG with p90s? I'm not sure if its in your budget but tell me if this guitar (ahem.. and chick) doesn't look sexy?!




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#16
If you want to hear the sound of a Gibson SG with P-90's go on to YouTube and have a look at some of the videos of The Who at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970.

On the subject of the PRS SE - great guitar, one of the best I've played in my price range.

Other guitars that are P-90 equipped are as follows:
Original spec Gibson SG Special
Gibson LP Goldtop/Epiphone Goldtop
Epiphone Casino
Gibson Les Paul BFG (Think that's right)
Gibson Melody Maker
Gibson Les Paul Special
Gibson Les Paul Junior
Fender Jazzmaster
Hamer "The Sunburst" - Basically a PRS clone
Gibson ES 330
Squier Telecaster Custom - Do not write off!
Chet Atkins and Brian Setzer model Gretsch's

I've just realised you have a budget - I'd say go for the PRS or Epiphone Goldtop!
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the problem with PRS SE guitars is that they are hit and miss sometimes as far as quality goes. but they are usually very good guitars (just gotta watch for those defected ones). i say go for it
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Quote by greggybhoy

Other guitars that are P-90 equipped are as follows:
Original spec Gibson SG Special
Gibson LP Goldtop/Epiphone Goldtop
Epiphone Casino
Gibson Les Paul BFG (Think that's right)
Gibson Melody Maker
Gibson Les Paul Special
Gibson Les Paul Junior
Fender Jazzmaster
Hamer "The Sunburst" - Basically a PRS clone
Gibson ES 330
Squier Telecaster Custom - Do not write off!
Chet Atkins and Brian Setzer model Gretsch's

So the Squier Tele Custom is equipped with P-90s? Every description I can find of them says they come with standard Fender humbuckers. I played on recently and was suprised how crisp and clean the sound was considering it had humbuckers. Is this the reason why or was it something else?
~Nick
#19
There are two versions. There is one that comes in either TV Yellow or Black with Duncan designed p90's and a humbucker equipped model which I'm pretty sure is only available in black.

www.guitar.co.uk

Both versions here.
#20
Well that makes sense. The one I played was the humbucker equipped version. I wonder if the p-90 equipped is available in the states...
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#23
ok, i got back from the music store with my dad.


he bought a....


PRS
the SE with humbuckers to be more specific. he liked the sound of the 'buckers more than the soapbars...

thanks for the help again everybody !
#24
Those Soapbars Are Really Noisey, I Set-up & Repair Prs, Taylor & Ibanez Guitars Professionally For A Living. Always Take A Good Look And Play The Instrument From First To Last Fret To Make Sure It´s A Good Buy !!!!!!!!!!
$500 Is Still Alot Of Money. There Are Better Guitars Out There For That Kind Of Money Then Most Se´s.