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String Through Bridge with P90

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by EOCTele, Mar 21, 2003.

  1. EOCTele

    EOCTele TDPRI Member

    10
    Mar 21, 2003
    I have a question....Where can I get a string thru body bridge for a Tele (I'm making) that uses a P90 Bridge PU?

    I've seen short bridges (don't extend to the bridge PU) on some of the custom guitars like Melancon, etc. Where can I get one ? I looked on Parts is Parts and several other parts sites, but didn't see any. Maybe they're using a hardtail strat bridge?

    I've seen a lot of the standard size Tele bridges cut for humbuckers, but none cut for P90's.

    I'd prefer a short bridge. I'd like to get one with vintage style saddles also. But at this point, I'd settle for finding something that will work.

    Anyone know of a company that makes these, or a company that sells them?

    Thank you
    Earl - EOCTele
    :?: :?: :)
     

  2. Wayne Alexander

    Wayne Alexander Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    If you're starting with a body that you can specify the routing for, you can cut down a standard vintage tele bridge, removing the pickup mounting area altogether, and then mount the P-90 in a standard dogear cover with screws at the sides. I did that for a humbucker tele I built, then had Vintique make me a stainless upgraded version of it. It sounds a lot better than the thicker Gotoh humbucker type bridges, and has the additional string-to-body connection of the vintage saddles. There's a photo of it at this link:

    http://community.webshots.com/photo/43616575/46327846LqGNCe
     

  3. EOCTele

    EOCTele TDPRI Member

    10
    Mar 21, 2003
    Wayne
    Thanks. I like that idea. Your HB Tele looks great. I really like the bridge.

    The body I'm getting hasn't been routed yet, so I can do whatever I need to with the routes. I bought the body on Ebay. It's mahogany wiith a figured maple top.

    My idea was to use soapbars. I guess I'll need to chaek the elevations before I route. I don't want to make it so I can't get the P90 close enough to the strings.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2515101605&category=2384

    Thanks Much
    EOCTele
     

  4. Wayne Alexander

    Wayne Alexander Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Soapbars would work too if you're REALLY careful about routing. The dogears are a little more forgiving of a slip of the router.
     

  5. xxicjoy

    xxicjoy TDPRI Member

    63
    Mar 21, 2003
    I know its a shade different but dont both Fralin and
    Harmonic design make a P-90 wrap steel Pole Tele
    Pickup?
     

  6. xxicjoy

    xxicjoy TDPRI Member

    63
    Mar 21, 2003
    I know its a shade different but dont both Fralin and
    Harmonic design make a P-90 wrap steel Pole Tele
    Pickup?
     

  7. Pierce

    Pierce Tele-Holic

    510
    Mar 4, 2003
    skull island

  8. EOCTele

    EOCTele TDPRI Member

    10
    Mar 21, 2003
    Thanks for the help guys. I want to use Fralin P90's. I know that Harmonic Designs and Rio Grande makes great P90's in humbucker size. But I'm lusting after the Fralins. I am probably going to buy a hardtail strat bridge that is string thru body design. Then I can mount the fralin soapbar P90 in the bridge position and still have the string through sound of a Tele. I'm looking at the Callaham bridge. Anyone have any experience with Bill's products?

    Thanks again..
    EOCTele
     

  9. xxicjoy

    xxicjoy TDPRI Member

    63
    Mar 21, 2003
    Fralins

    Before you commit I urge you to investigate Fralins Steel
    Pole Tele Bridge Pickup. From what I understand, It is a
    p90 in a tele pickup package. Ive heard the Harmonic
    design p90 wrap for strat (strat siized) and its great. I
    play Juniors and Goldtops so I appreciate the P-90 sound
    although to me a good 50's style Tele PU is definitely in
    the same family. Good luck

    MATT
     

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