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P90 Telecaster - Bad/Good Idea?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by david henman, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. david henman

    david henman Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    ...is the telecaster considered a good platform for p90 pickups, or not?

    i'm thinking of buying a tele and converting it to a p90 guitar, but i'd like to know if this has the potential to be an exercise in futility.

    -dh
     

  2. CasinoBoogie

    CasinoBoogie Tele-Meister

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    Jan 29, 2007
    London
    well, i dont see why it wouldnt work...i mean P90 SGs sound wicked and they are both essential just a lump of wood

    dunno how it would look though, do you mean the soapbar ones right?
    not the dog ears
     

  3. BritishBluesBoy

    BritishBluesBoy Former Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    It wouldn't be the first time... nor the last I'm sure... If you think it'll be fun and interesting you should go ahead and do it. Don't forget to keep us up to date with the build though OK...??
     
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  4. CasinoBoogie

    CasinoBoogie Tele-Meister

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    i reckon do it with a Tele deluxe
     

  5. Kingtone

    Kingtone Tele-Holic

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    Camillus, NY
    A good friend of mine put together a P90 Strat and it sounds amazing, so I would think a Tele would sound even better! It might be a good idea to through a Bigsby on her for good measure. Sounds like a good project to me...
     

  6. stevieboy

    stevieboy Poster Extraordinaire

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    [​IMG]Tele Jrs are cool!

    If I wanted to put together a Tele project I'd personally go with a P90 neck pickup and keep the coventional tele bridge and pickup, or maybe a Harmonic Design S90. I'm always considering routing one of my teles for a neck P90, but I can't seem to get myself to do it.
     
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  7. Twin Reiver

    Twin Reiver Tele-Holic

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    My 72 Custom RI has a Harmonic Design S-90 in the bridge and a Gibson P-94 in the neck. With it, I am a danger to myself and others.
     

  8. Robin Nahum

    Robin Nahum Friend of Leo's

    Mar 5, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    Bridge Issue

    If you put a standard P90 in the bridge position, you are pretty much precluded from using a vintage Tele bridge.

    If you consider a vintage bridge a key aspect of "Tele-ness", you may want to install a Tele pickup with P90-like characteristics in the bridge position, with enough output to keep up with a regular P90 in the neck position. A pickup maker should be able to put together a matched pair.

    I had good results with a SD Vintage P90 in the neck and a SD Jerry Donahue in the bridge but I couldn't say whether the Jerry Donahue has "P90-like characteristics".
     
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  9. i'm using a gfs p90 in the neck with an 8k output along with a standard bridge which measures about the same output in a frankencaster i'm assembling out of spare parts
     

  10. Kingtone

    Kingtone Tele-Holic

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    I thought about this also and I think you might get away with cutting the bridge . Just leave the 3 saddles or a custom bridge might work as well...
     

  11. Tremo

    Tremo Banned

    Excellent idea! They sound great.

    I'd like to build a parts-Tele, with a regular Tele bridge and pup, but with a P-90 in the neck position.
     

  12. Robin Nahum

    Robin Nahum Friend of Leo's

    Mar 5, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    Hmmmmm.... not sure about this.

    Even if you can live with the appearance of a shortened bridge, you lose the key feature of the pickup being surrounded by the bridge plate.
     

  13. stephent2

    stephent2 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 22, 2003
    Georgia/Minnesota
    I just finished a thinline w/ a neck P90 and tele bridge. I'll try to post pics tomorrow.

    I've done my last 3-4 gigs with it,...and I'd say it's a great combination, you have pure tele in position one, a lovely very tele tone in the mid position that's open and still twangin'.... and then the neck is open and chunky with a clear pure sound. Real nice on big swing/blues rhythms, great single string tones for leads and on chords the notes blend very nicely, a more cohesive blend than a tele or strat neck PU to my ear.

    The P90/T bridge set up extends the T style guitar range o' tones without losing the things that make the guitar a "telecaster". I'm likin' it a lot.

    A lower output P90 is the key to getting a nice balance.
     

  14. bender-freak

    bender-freak Friend of Leo's

    p-90s and teles

    i cut a vintage bridge down for my Indo-made tele Custom II with S.D. p90 type pups, and have a Bigsby clone on it...works and sounds just fine, looks a little different, perhaps.....but not an issue for me...no problems with the mods....did have a problem with the "raw" wood neck and fingerboard ...had a horrible fret dress, but was aware of those issues when i bought it, got the guitar for $150 new cause of a small ding on the back...put a light varnish on the back of neck, let it sit for a few days, did my own fret level and dressed the sharp ends....is now a player
     

  15. Unkie Al

    Unkie Al Tele-Holic

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    Indeed it is!
    I recently bought this:

    [​IMG]

    Read my impressions here...
     
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  16. Telenator

    Telenator Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Vermont
    Pfffffffff! Is it a good idea to put P90s in a tele?!
    [​IMG]

    The only advice I might offer is that you play a bunch of Teles and buy the one that has the most bite and cut to it that you can find. P90s are very midrange heavy and could sound mushy or dark in the wrong guitar body. Find a Tele that is a bit on the bright side, (with the stock p'ups), make sure that the guitar has a good solid presence in the mix when you play it with your band. If the wood is good, the guitar will sound great regardless of what p'ups you throw in there. Good luck!
     

  17. refin

    refin Friend of Leo's

    Feb 24, 2005
    Florida Panhandle
    Well,anything with P-90s is gonna light my torch,but don't expect it to sound like a tele.
     

  18. stevieboy

    stevieboy Poster Extraordinaire

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    Glendale made a bridge like that, don't know if they still do.. I actually tried ordering one for my tele jr but the screw holes and the string spacing was wrong for that guitar.
     

  19. david henman

    david henman Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    ...what a waste of time and money that would be! hopefully, however, it WILL sound like a tele with p90s.

    -dh
     

  20. david henman

    david henman Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    ...my aerodyne tele is like that. the p90 they put in there really bites, however. i'm replacing it with jason lollar minihum, with an area series bridge.

    -dh
     

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