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Is it worth it to put a Duesenberg P90 in my Les Paul?
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Is it worth it to put a Duesenberg P90 in my Les Paul?

So I had recently played a discontinued Duesenberg at my local music store and it was probably one of the best sounding guitars I’ve ever played (for me personally, at least). Guitars twice the price don’t seem to give me that tone. However, it unfortunately sold.
It had a single Domino P90 pickup.
I have a Les Paul Studio and could buy a humbucker-sized Domino directly from them, but I’m curious if it would be worth it or if I’ll be disappointed.
I know that most of guitar tone is in the pickups, but as for how close it is to the bridge, the humbucker format, etc, I’m just wondering if anyone can give me an idea on what to expect?
Meanwhile I’ve been on a crusade to find a similar tone by playing everything I can get my hands on with a P90.
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Well, little difference if the pup is placed about the same as the Duesenberg guitar had it. Neck to middle f.ex, might be too different then.
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So I had recently played a discontinued Duesenberg at my local music store and it was probably one of the best sounding guitars I’ve ever played (for me personally, at least). Guitars twice the price don’t seem to give me that tone. However, it unfortunately sold.
It had a single Domino P90 pickup.
I have a Les Paul Studio and could buy a humbucker-sized Domino directly from them, but I’m curious if it would be worth it or if I’ll be disappointed.
I know that most of guitar tone is in the pickups, but as for how close it is to the bridge, the humbucker format, etc, I’m just wondering if anyone can give me an idea on what to expect?
Meanwhile I’ve been on a crusade to find a similar tone by playing everything I can get my hands on with a P90.
No, probably not. Duesenberg products are ridiculously overpriced.

I would look at Lindy Fralin, and probably give them a call.

Best P-90s I've seen since the '50s.
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Well, little difference if the pup is placed about the same as the Duesenberg guitar had it. Neck to middle f.ex, might be too different then.
Well, it was a single pickup on the Duesenberg, and I would say kinda between a mid to bridge location (it wasn't right on the bridge like a Les Paul), but I'm putting it in the bridge for my LP, since it's the closest I can get. Thanks, tho. I think it will probably work out.
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No, probably not. Duesenberg products are ridiculously overpriced.

I would look at Lindy Fralin, and probably give them a call.

Best P-90s I've seen since the '50s.
So wait, are you saying a Fralin pickup in a LP will sound like a Duesenberg stock guitar? Because that was my question.
The pricing on those pickups seems to be in the same ballpark though, after looking into it... BUT the most important part is, I haven't actually PLAYED a guitar with Fralin pickups, don't have a way TO play them, and I was asking more of a technical question, not asking about your personal preference. It sounds like you aren't answering the question, only telling me to buy something else, when I already clearly stated my preference.
I may try and find those to try them out of course, but that really wasn't helpful at all. The Duesenberg I was playing I compared against 3 other guitars with p90s, and the only thing that even came close was a $4K PRS. For a $1700 guitar I wouldn't call that overpriced. I think it was actually the cheapest one I played.
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So wait, are you saying a Fralin pickup in a LP will sound like a Duesenberg stock guitar? Because that was my question.
The pricing on those pickups seems to be in the same ballpark though, after looking into it... BUT the most important part is, I haven't actually PLAYED a guitar with Fralin pickups, don't have a way TO play them, and I was asking more of a technical question, not asking about your personal preference. It sounds like you aren't answering the question, only telling me to buy something else, when I already clearly stated my preference.
I may try and find those to try them out of course, but that really wasn't helpful at all. The Duesenberg I was playing I compared against 3 other guitars with p90s, and the only thing that even came close was a $4K PRS. For a $1700 guitar I wouldn't call that overpriced. I think it was actually the cheapest one I played.
Well, actually I doubt that putting a Duesenberg pickup in a Les Paul is going to sound like a stock Duesenberg guitar, either. Especially not of the pickup is in a different position.

What I do know is that Fralin makes the best P-90s I've heard, equal to or better than real vintage Gibson p-90s and yes, I've done direct comparisons to new and vintage Gibsons, PRSes, Duncans and many other brands. You can also call up Fralin and discusses your particular needs and on a good day you might be talking to Lindy himself. It's a small operation. You can order the pickup with an overwind or underwind to your specification. You can specify what kind of magnets you want. You can order dogear, soap bar, or humbucker mounting format. If you use a dogear format they sell mounting ring shims so you can get the right height. You can specify the type of lead wire. You can specify standard or reverse wind/reverse polarity so you can humbuck two pickups together.
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