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Mystery Gibson Unboxing - What is This Black Beauty??? p90 Les Paul?


I buy a lot of guitars for my used guitar business (https://www.StillKickinMusic.com). Got this one thinking it was a Gibson Les Paul 60s Tribute. Little did I know what a beauty was coming my way.

Turns out they mis-labeled the guitar and I ended up with this 2011 Les Paul Traditional Pro Split Coil P90. It features a Gibson first: a "tapped p90." Gibson describes it like this:

A "coil tap" feature usually refers to splitting a humbucking pickup, but in the truer sense of the term these new single-coil units are wound with a "tap wire" that eliminates a portion of the coil, to access a second sound from each pickup. In full mode each pickup sounds like a traditional thick, snarly Alnico V P-90 in its position (approximately 7.0k ohm in the neck position and 8.6k ohm in the bridge), but lift the push-pull switch on each pickup's volume control, and resistance levels drop to 5.0k ohm and 6.0k ohm respectively, for a brighter, sharper single-coil sound that is still rich and authentic, and not as thin as other pickups that are split entirely in half.


V. Wade Contreras has been the owner of Still Kickin Music since 2007. He played for years in bands in the LA area. Now that he has a wife and kid and needs to eat more than Ramen once in a while he makes a living buying and selling really cool used guitars.

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