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P90's in a semi-hollow

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Laren, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. Laren

    Laren Tele-Meister

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    Hi guys,

    Your thoughts on P90s in a thin line. I hear they're noisy and having no way to have a shielded control cavity what are your thoughts on putting p90's into a semi hollow body?

    Cheers as always

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    Good enough for Chuck Berry on some of the greatest records ever made, so....
     
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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    It's never been done.
    Don't try it.
     
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  5. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    Does it have to be a semi-hollow? Arguably, the most classic application of P90s in a thinline is the ES-330/Casino – and it sounds great. But of course, as with classic fender single-coils, it's not a recipe for someone who can't stand a bit of noise. And it's VERY susceptible to feedback as soon as you add distortion… whether it's a good thing or bad, your call!
     
  6. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    ES330 presents no problems for me. Pups are older, and higher output, ~8k ohms, which seems to keep noise down. No shielding, but I could form a faraday cage shield if I thought it was needed, by either forming a pocket to line with tape, or, fabricate "bag" kinda faraday cage out of shielding material. FWIW, I've never really seen much improvement in noise, with any shielding. I got more improvement from grounding techniques, and gain management.

    PS - the feedback was my main driver for acquiring a 330. The P90s were a very pleasant surprise.
     
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  7. Laren

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    I'm just building it for my brother, I know nothing :) I'm am aware that they can be noisy and having just built a thin line (sort of) with humbuckers I know you can't really shield them. Just asking you guys who know how to play. They'll be going in something like this (I know you like pics),

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  8. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    Chuck Berry? Semi-hollow? P-90s? What guitar would that be?
     
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    I have them in a Riviera P93 (semi) and a Streamliner (hollow)...haven't noticed them being noisy, but I play mostly at a low volume.

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  10. RadioFM74

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    Oh sorry I misunderstood, a tele thinline body. I'm not very knowledgeable, sorry, but yeah I guess it can be done! I'll leave the floor to more tech-savvy members…
     
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    Works for me. 3EC9BA2E-0C3D-475D-BE7F-63E188BC68F7.jpeg
     
  12. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    P-90s in a semi-hollow is a pretty recent development. Historically, they've always only been in fully hollow or solidbody guitars. Gibson started offering some 335s with P-90s a few years back (a guitar which never existed in the '50s/'60s). I think it's a great idea. Check it out...



    Only thing I would've done differently is make them soapbars instead of dogears, so height could be easily adjusted.
     
  13. Collin D Plonker

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    Go for it. If you hate it you can put mini humbuckers in there.
     
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    Another good one.

    p.s. I'd be willing to bet Gibson shields the cavities in standard fashion in the center block on these.

     
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    I can shield the pup cavities no problem.
     
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    I put Duncan Phat Cats in an old Ibanez AM73. They sound great, and they’re not very noisy at all.
     
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    The Joe Barden P90s are very sweet sounding, quite and very articulate. They worked great in a Thin Line / Jr mash up I did a few years back.
     
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    330 I think?

    EDIT - 350TN
    Not a semi-hollow! Fully hollow body. Huh. I guess I'm wrong about the "semi-" part.
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    Have you had any experience with P94s? Should be a drop-in for semi-hollow/humbucker service, I'm planning to use them (knockoffs not real Gibsons) in a kit Trini replica.

    Thanks for pointing out that Chuck's early axe was a fully hollow, either I never knew that, or I forgot.
     
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  20. RickyRicardo

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    Here's mine. I built this for the Brainy memorial build and never updated my build thread. It's a little noisy but it gives a Tele a totally different sound in a good way. I had a router incident on the neck pickup cavity so it looks a little wonky.. :(

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