So I recently found out that one of my bandmates owns a 1995 Gibson ES-135, a beautiful thinline semi-hollowbody in Cherry finish. I like the guitar a lot, especially due to its tendency to feed back. It reminds me very much of the thinline Byrdland guitars that Ted Nugent plays. Unbound fretboard, stock Gibson Vintage Deluxe machineheads (which actually stay in tune pretty well, compared to the ones that came on my '09 Raw Power SG).
The only real problem with it are the pickups. When I first saw the guitar, I was pretty stoked to see what appeared to be P-90 soapbars. Upon further investigation, they turned out to be P-100's, which I knew nothing about. Apparently they are a humbucking variety, with adjustable pole pieces between the coils. The tone these things put out are very muddy, not nearly as clean or as clear as a PAF-style humbucker (having never played a guitar with actual P-90's, I can't really compare them).
I've read online that these P-100's can be coil split to produce some half decent tones, but seeing as how it's a hollowbody, I am reluctant to do any wiring work on it. I would like to know if anyone on these message boards owns a ES-135, or any guitar (Gibson or otherwise) with these P-100's, and if they've ever attempted to do any coil splitting or phase reversal with these. I'd also like to know what a more suitable pickup for a thinline hollowbody like this would be, as I would prefer to not have to do any routing to make a full size Humbucker fit.
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