Bridge to match neck tonerider vintage P90

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  1. ChrisV

    ChrisV TDPRI Member

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    I've been changing pickups around on guitars. Put a tonerider vintage P90 in the neck position of my main guitar. Just what I was looking for. A bit fatter but still clean!

    But what bridge pickup could I get that would match it for volume. Want
    - Standard tele shape. I don't want to dig out a P90 sized hole.
    I was thinking Seymour Duncan stl-3 quarter pound? Does this make sense? Any other suggestions?

    I have had keystones in this guitar, which I like, but was just after a different sound. No matter how I adjust it, the Keystone just can't match the P90 for volume. The keystones are going to another guitar.

    Thanks Chris
     
  2. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

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    Kent Armstrong TL-R4 sounds great. I got one from WD Music for a few bucks years ago. Sounds like a cross between a strat and Tele bridge p/up. A5 like Chris Isaak's departed lead players strat.
     
  3. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    Quarter Pounders are very dark to my ears.

    try a Toneriders Hot classic maybe. But a Kent Armstrong rail might be good too. Gritty and bright.
     
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    Can you measure the impedance od the keystone's to give you a ballpark idea what to look for? That might be a starting point.. I guess the To erider is not very hot, 7.5ish with Alnico II if I remember correctly. Maybe getting something around 8+ k and balancing out pickup hight may be enough?

    Edit: sorry for not dropping any specific name, but it gets very subjective after a certain point!:)
     
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    jfgesquire Friend of Leo's

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    If you want a traditional Tele bridge, the Tonerider hot classic bridge worked for me, with a little height adjustment. 9.2k.

    I made sure the P90 was RWRP from the bridge, and with a 4 way it sounds great in series and parallel.

    The P90 is still a little hotter and thicker in single mode, but it is what I was looking for.

    I think the pickguard was from Reverb/WD Music.

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    dougstrum Friend of Leo's

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    The tonerider hot classic, one of my favorite bridge pickups. Bet it would
    work great.
    Nice guitar @jfgesquire :cool:
     
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    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

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    I got p90 in neck position and a dimarzio area hot t bridge balances very well with it, plus it’s noiseless design.
    Great in between tones also.
     
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    Theorage Tele-Meister

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  9. ChrisV

    ChrisV TDPRI Member

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    The keystone neck is 7.6kohm.
    Thanks for the suggestions. Some are very interesting but not available in Australia.

    Lovey guitar jfgesquire
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  10. old wrench

    old wrench Friend of Leo's

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    To get a nice volume balance with a neck P-90, it really helps to start out with a lower wind, less powerful P-90 pickup.

    Even with a lower wind P-90, you'll usually need to lower it - just adjust the P-90's height down until it makes you happy with it's volume balanced to the bridge.

    The neck pickup always sounds louder than the same pickup installed in the bridge just because of where it sits in relation to the length of the strings and the way they vibrate or oscillate.

    Adjusting the P-90 down and away from the strings also cleans it up a bit and gives you more note definition and chime, too :).


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  11. ChrisV

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    The P90 is already low - the top of it is level with the pickguard and the bridge pickup is as high as it can go. I'm currently thinking of either a tonerider hot classic bridge. Or really oomphing it with the SD quater pounder.
     
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