P90 in a Tele bridge format

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  1. Steve Perry

    Steve Perry Tele-Meister

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    I’m looking to mod my Classic 50’s Tele into an Esquire/Junior. I’m looking for a Tele bridge pickup that comes closest to the sound of a P90. The Fralin Steel Pole 43 looks like it may do the job. Does anybody have any experience with these? Any recommendations on other pickups that might fill the bill?
     
  2. Paulie_Boy

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    I have the Fralin 43 in one of my custom builds. (Lollar Charlie Christian at the neck.) The Fralin is heaven! I have it in the Babicz full contact bridge. Sublime to my ears. A tad hotter than the typical 90 but very pleasing. Clean traditional country, jazz & western swing spoken here. (If that helps.)
     
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  3. donrichfan

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    I have a Lollar J-Street in an Esquire and it definitely nails a p-90 with the tone rolled off a bit.
     
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    Rose Freedom T-90
     
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    It can only get to the approximation, or even VERY close to the P90, but it wont be a “real” P90.

    yes, even HB format P90s. The construction of the pickup itself makes it a P90.

    Seymour Duncan has a pickup that can get close to that P90 goodness. I forgot the model though.
     
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    That would be a BG1400, which certainly has the power of a P90. It is hum cancelling and thicker sounding, though. However, the Custom Shop can build a Tele Bridge with P90 tone.

     
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    Cavalier Fat Lion gets very convincing P90 tones.
     
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    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    Porter makes their T90 series, which are along the same line. +1 for rose pickups. I have a set of their P90 voiced morticia pickups in one of my strats.

    A factor to consider in pickup sound is physical dimensions. Getting a P90 sound in a non-p90 pickup is going to always be an appropriation and a compromise. That’s not to say it’s not a god sound, but it’s never going to be exact. Then again, I love my p90 voiced strat pickups... so..
     
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    Harmonic design s90 for a tele sized, tele/p90 hybrid.

    Route for humbucker and install any h sized p90.

    I heard Bg pickups are the closest to real p90s.
     
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    The Huge Lion does as well.
     
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    A pal of mine (Aaron at Rumpelstiltskin) made me a T90 that has the same magnets and poles as a P90, but with a Tele coil size to fit the bridge. It does not sound exactly like a P90, and it sure doesn't sound like a Telecaster pickup. But it does have that fantastic P90 midrange bark.

    I put it into this homebrew Esquire-like beast.


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