Dual P90 Tele Build

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by tjl161, Apr 17, 2019.

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  1. tjl161

    tjl161 TDPRI Member

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    First time poster here with my first real build. Ordered a Tele body from Warmoth with daul P90 routs in Olympic White. Also got a MIM Fender Tele neck in Pau Ferro. Bridge is Callaham hardtail w/ compensated brass saddles. Pickups are Parson Street Originals in RWRP from StewMac. Wired the control plate w/ CTS pots and a .033uf cap.

    I cannot find a pickguard with dual P90 routs. You can see in the last picture that there is space in front of the bridge pickup where a normal tele bridge would be. Any tips on locating a pickguard would be appreciated.

    Got it all setup last night, plays great. Just have to get the pickguard sorted. Thanks for checking it out.

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  2. gkterry

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    Very, nice. I really dig P90s. Hard to beat the sound. I think I like it without a pickguard actually. Ever considered doing that?

    I had PickGuardian custom make a pickguard for a Mustang I used to have and it turned out great. Check them out.

    https://www.pickguardian.com/
     
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    Thanks, Greg. I'll check them out. It looks so naked w/o the pickguard.
     
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    bgmacaw Friend of Leo's

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    I think it looks pretty cool nekkid with no pickguard. But, you might consider a humbucker bridge with P90 neck cut, Warmoth has those. Another option would be a Cabronita pickguard.
     
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    I'm a little confused. You say you need a pickguard, but the last two photos show the guitar with a PG on it. Are you looking for a different color?
     
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    He means one without the gap that a standard pickguard has for the bridge.
     
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    The pickguard is not mounted in the pics. It is just held snugly around the neck pickup.
     
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    It looks like you could use a standard Tele control plate and no pickguard. Not sure if that meets your tastes but I greatly prefer having easy access to the electronics without having to remove the entire pickguard.

    Given its a Warmoth body they should have no problem making a pickguard. There is no arbitrary place for the pickups to be mounted on a dual p90 Tele, namely the bridge, so you'll have a hard time finding one "off the shelf" that fits. I've used Pickguardian too, they do good work, but you'll need to give exact measurements or trace the body.
     
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    Warmoth would not make one for me. I'll check out Pickguardian but I might just have to make my own.
     
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    Wow, I'm surprised Warmoth couldn't provide a pickguard for the body they routed.

    If you are comfortable with using a router, that may be the way to go. You could just widen the pickguard you have slightly so that the gap around the bridge pickup is consistent. A P90 routing template would help. There is a gap there on a standard Tele bridge plate so it would probably look fine.

    Or you could trace the pickguard and mail or scan it to Pickguardian.
     
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    Cool looking guitar dude. The pg you have there looks fine if you could just tweak it a little.
     
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    rickthescot Tele-Holic

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    I'm a big + for nekkid. Just like my Epi Special.
     
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    My partscaster tele has two P90s, spanish cedar body. Judging by what I hear in this one, you're in for a lot of tonal fun. Gave up on the pickguard. Seems like so much trouble to go to, and I like the look of my darkburst just as it is. So doing without a pickguard.
     
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    Stratosphere has them:

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    I found a little shaving of the rout in the pg with a razor blade makes adjusting pu height a bit easier.
     
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    IMG_2385.JPG I guess it would little a bit weird looking if there's only a p90 sized bridge pickup. I never really thought about it. I still haven't put one on the Goldtop.
     
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    I like it. Next time try having the body routed for an extra pickup in the middle.
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    ....or a humbucker in the bridge position.
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