P90 Telecaster - Bad/Good Idea?

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

  1. thrashmetl

    thrashmetl Tele-Holic

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    It's a K-line. It was actually the inspiration for his new K-line Truxton Special model, one of the last guitars Chris built before starting his new branded line. I may actually end up selling it soon, but it's absolutely killer.
     
  2. wenis

    wenis Tele-Meister

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    I've wanted to try this with a parts caster already routed for standard telepickups. My plan was to use dog ears, a half tele bridge and install a bigsby b5. My question is fitting the P90 dogears correctly over the old bridge pickup route. Has anyone tried this setup I'm describing?
     
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    sonserve Friend of Leo's

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    Why did you have to bring that up? Now I'm all gassey... :lol:
     
  4. DrB

    DrB Tele-Meister

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    Here is mine:

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    USA CG Honduran Mahogany with a quilt top, and Warmoth thick V neck, with Lollar's p90s.

    It is a great sounding guitar. Love it...

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  5. stratman323

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    It seems a shame to lose the classic Tele bridge & pickup, but just fitting a neck P90 is an interesting mod. Just be aware there will be quite a big tonal difference between the two pickups.

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  6. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

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    i had a Richwood/Douglas (same guitar) Thinline with p90's and it was excellent especially after I changed out the stock pickups for Toneriders .A huge improvement .I now have a PRS SE semi hollow soapbar and its perfect for my style of playing but I may put Tonerider Vintage 90's in ..I also have an SX thinline with a Tonerider P90 in the neck .I modded the pickguard myslf .I love P90's .Nice and thick and warm ...just like me ..:lol:
     
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    How about a tele with one dogeared P90??????
     
  8. abieber

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    Anyone build a tele with one p90 like a student model 50's les paul?
     
  9. Oakville Dave

    Oakville Dave Friend of Leo's

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    Tele's are a great platform for P90s. So good in fact that Fender has done it! Here's my MIJ Aerodyne Tele...
     

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  11. Muddy T-Bone

    Muddy T-Bone Tele-Meister

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    I've built around 6 to 7 Tele's with P-90's. They are wonderfull, you'll love it.

    For the folks that say they "won't sound like a tele" they're wrong. They DO sound like a tele only with an attitude. I always use a P94 in a tele style bridge, which I'm convinced contributes to the Tele tone in position 1.

    You can't go wrong.... AS LONG AS YOU USE HIGH QUALITY P-90'S. Like Fralin or Lollar. Don't use cheap crap PUP's or you'll be disapointed.
     
  12. Rob DiStefano

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    twin p90's means a custom body, and that can get tricky and expensive ...

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    ... and it will be easier to run with twin p94's (or z90's!) ...

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    .. don't forget a mini-hum in the neck slot ...

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    ... while it's easiest to mod any tele to have a p90 in the neck position, i also think that's the best combination of pickups for all genre's of musak. couple it with a 4 way and all bases are covered.

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    fred and his "cheryl" gigging away ...
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  13. musicmatty

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    Dont forget that you can use a 'Jazzmaster Pickup' in the neck position as opposed to a 'P90' ;) The 6 individual pole mags mirror the bridge pickup in tonality compared to the P90s one long bar magnet under the 6 adjuster screws that feed that magnet. I'm not stating there is a right or wrong here...just sayin I prefer the articulation from the Jazz pup with regards to sound because of it's individual mags ;)
     

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    Got a couple Tele's I put together with P-90's. The first is a swamp ash body w/Black Doves, sounds great, like a tele with attitude. I was pleasantly surprised by the Black Doves, much nicer than I anticipated. The second is all mahogany w/Harmonic Designs Z-90 and Super 90 and a cherry finish. This one does not sound like a tele, more like a hot LP Special.
     

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  15. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Here is my 2011 build challenge guitar with Fezzter FP-90's

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    bargoedboy Tele-Afflicted

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    Guy who built my lap steel makes a tele with a P90 take a look. :cool:
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  17. Rocking G. Real

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    GREAT idea
     
  18. Oakville Dave

    Oakville Dave Friend of Leo's

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    My MIJ Aerodyne Tele has a stock P90... Love it!!
     

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    Hi guys,

    I recently put together a very light (weight) parts Tele and installed a SD P-Rails in the neck position. Very easy with a replacement pickguard to house a standard humbucker. Put a DPDT switch between the vol and tone knobs to control the P-Rails. My guitar is VERY resonant and the P-Rails sounds AWESOME on the P-90 setting. The other two settings, single-coil and humbucker sound good too, but the P-90 rules.

    Daveplaysatele
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  20. stratman323

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    The P-Rails is a very interesting idea & I have been tempted. But isn't the humbucker setting too overwound to be much use? From the figures on the SD website it looks like it could be.

    Do you have a pic of your Tele?
     
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