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P-90 Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by TeleGS, May 11, 2011.

  1. TeleGS

    TeleGS TDPRI Member

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    I like the feel of a Tele, and the sound. I also like the sound of a P-90. Has anyone tried both the Squire Tele Custom II and the Telecaster JA-90? I think they are both made in Asia and I am having a hard time understanding the difference in price. Can you tell me what you think the merits of them are and which you would choose.

    I have never owned a Squire, but from what I have read here, the quality of the instruments is pretty good.
    I get that the JA-90 has a fixed neck, but being largely a Fender fan this is not a big deal for me. I can't imagine making a thinline is that much more expensive.

    I am going to go try them and see what I think, but I would like your opinion.

    Thanks,
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  2. A.B.Negative

    A.B.Negative Friend of Leo's

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    I have a Squier Custom II which is a good guitar, although I found the neck a bit too chunky for my taste and replaced it with a Korean Squier Pro-Tone Tele neck.

    I haven't tried the JA-90. I believe it's made in Korea and, if the quality is anything like the Korean Pro-Tone series, it'll be better made with better materials than the Custom II. Whether you think this justifies the price difference is up to you.
     
  3. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

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    Well, making a Thinline DOES take more work (you have to route the body cavities, then glue on a top, then route the circumference of the body) - even when done by CNC machiens, that's a few steps more and takes longer; also, the Custom II has a screw-on neck, the JA-90 a set neck (again: more work, more difficult to make); the JA-90 comes with genuine US-made Seymour Duncan pickups, the Custom with "Duncan Designed" (= generic Chinese or Korean pickups where they slap a cap with "Duncan Designed" on it...); oh, and the Custom is made in Indonesia, the JA-90 in Korea - HUGE difference in labor costs!!!
     
  4. BeboRock91

    BeboRock91 Tele-Meister

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    FWIW the JA-90 is made in Indonesia, not Korea :)
     
  5. RomanS

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    Just looked it up - yep, you're right, didn't know that, I though it was MIK like its predecessor the TC-90...
     
  6. ChrisTP90

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    I have a Squier Custom II and if I compare with the JA-90 thinline, it seems that the JA-90 has a better body wood, a rosewood neck, SD pickups that are screwed directly into the body instead of being installed on a metal bracket screwed to the pickguard.

    Although the Squier sounds quite good out of the box, the JA-90 is certainly better built with better materials.
    Not sure about the neck as I didn't try the JA-90, but I can say the Squier neck is a bit rough when I compare it with my American Strat. Of course it's innapropriate to make this type of comparison as the Squier is a budget instrument.
     
  7. TeleGS

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    Thanks gang. Good input.
     
  8. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

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    You could always drop a P90 into a standard Tele.

    The MIM Standard makes a good one as it has a large rout in the neck slot.

    The combo of P90 in the neck plus the Tele bridge pickup is a great one IMO

    I did this to one of mine and I love it

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  9. Mattsy32

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    I had a P 90 in my tele it was way too warm so I replaced it with mini humbucker and it was fantastic.
     
  10. slapshot

    slapshot Tele-Meister

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    if you had a choice would you go with p90 or humbucker?
     
  11. MaxCaster

    MaxCaster Tele-Meister

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    Put a HB sized P90 (GFS Mean 90) in my MiM and it rocks.
     
  12. A.B.Negative

    A.B.Negative Friend of Leo's

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    I stand corrected.
     
  13. boosh

    boosh Tele-Holic

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    The black dove tele is pretty similar to the squier tele custom ii so probably a better comparison than the JA-90. I'm keen to try a black dove, made in Mexico, it has the same 12" radius neck that I have on my highway one texas tele (albeit with the strat style deluxe headstock) that I have bonded with more than any other neck profile.
    Looks like a pretty sweet guitar, has anyone tried one???

    http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0141902338
     
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