Single Coil Sized P90 Bridge pickup?

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I have a Esquire Type Partscaster which I really love.

I have no idea what actual pickup has been installed in this now, maybe a dual rail single coil sized humbucker thingy. It's Def not the average Tele style Bridge pickup.

I've grown very fond of P90s. Particularly after about a year of having a Epiphone Worn Denim Casino. Absolutley bonded tight with that guitar and it's P90 / Hollowbody sound.

The only option I've come across for a Single Coil Sized Bridge P90 is Oil City Pickups Alligator 90 or Kayman 90.

Is this the best/only option? Are there any less expensive choices out there?
 

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Pete Biltoft at Vintage Vibe Pickups is quite famous for making these. I have never tried one, but they come highly recommended. Rumpel makes them too if you ask.
 

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I bought one of these from the classifieds here. Still havent installed it but for the price it's worth a try.
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I had a pal spin me up this beast. Like a P90, it uses the same wire, two alnico bars and iron fillister head screw poles. The obvious difference is the coil shape and size--which has a lot to do with how a P90 sounds.

I stuck it in a homebrew Esquire. Does it sound just like a P90? No, but it is close enough for government work 😎

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I believe Guitar Madness still sells SC-sized "Strat" P90-style pickups for about $30/SET! I installed two into a Duo Sonic, and I like them a lot.
 

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Thanks for all the options! I went with the Eric Custom Tele P90, because the price was right.

Still waiting for it to arrive from China.
 

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I have a Esquire Type Partscaster which I really love.

I have no idea what actual pickup has been installed in this now, maybe a dual rail single coil sized humbucker thingy. It's Def not the average Tele style Bridge pickup.

I've grown very fond of P90s. Particularly after about a year of having a Epiphone Worn Denim Casino. Absolutley bonded tight with that guitar and it's P90 / Hollowbody sound.

The only option I've come across for a Single Coil Sized Bridge P90 is Oil City Pickups Alligator 90 or Kayman 90.

Is this the best/only option? Are there any less expensive choices out there?
I must have missed your post first time around, but I would have replied like I have in the past......the most P-90-ish Tele bridge Pickup I've ever used is the Bootstrap Pretzel bridge pickup. I never cared much for a Tele bridge by itself until I installed a Pretzel bridge. (BTW, I like their Palo Duro neck pickup)
 
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Looks like you have it sorted out.

One thing to keep in mind is use a steel baseplate under a typical Tele bridge pickup. The steel will reflect the magnetic field at the strings giving a beefier tone like a P90.

I've cut plates from elecrical box covers, octagon overhead room light type. 1/8th in thick seems to work best.

Otherwise look for MIM Standard dual ceramic bar bridge pickups (models sold before Player Series). Many players are scared of ceramic like cooties so you can buy them cheap. Stronger output and some wound hotter (one Tele I installed a 10k MIM ceramic pickup another player swapped out).

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I have a Esquire Type Partscaster which I really love.

I have no idea what actual pickup has been installed in this now, maybe a dual rail single coil sized humbucker thingy. It's Def not the average Tele style Bridge pickup.

I've grown very fond of P90s. Particularly after about a year of having a Epiphone Worn Denim Casino. Absolutley bonded tight with that guitar and it's P90 / Hollowbody sound.

The only option I've come across for a Single Coil Sized Bridge P90 is Oil City Pickups Alligator 90 or Kayman 90.

Is this the best/only option? Are there any less expensive choices out there?
I have a Rio Grande Dirty Harry Bridge in a CV 61 Tele. I prefer it to the BKs in my MIJ and the Budz in my Danocaster.
 

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So I have very little experience swapping out and soldering in a new pickup but after a few YouTube tutorials and a few failed attempts I got the Eric P90 in as per an online Esquire wiring diagram.

I decided to remove the 3 way switch all together and go with the volume and tone only.

I found a John 5 Tele control plate online with only the volume and tone holes without switch.

I came to this conclusion bc I have been also GASing for the Noventa Tele as well as Epiphone LPJR.

I recently was able to test drive both of them, and by doing so my GAS went away. Both not for me.

I really love this parts caster and with this pickup/ control plate MOD , it really has for the bill for all my "current" wants and needs haha.

The Eric P90 really sounds GREAT...I can't imagine how and if the other higher priced options everyone has shared can really sound that much better?
 

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Pete Biltoft at Vintage Vibe Pickups is quite famous for making these. I have never tried one, but they come highly recommended. Rumpel makes them too if you ask.
Interesting. I have a couple of pairs of his pickups that I never got around to using. I am meaning to put some in a guitar one of these days. I have a telecaster with a Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little '59 in the bridge and a Seymour Duncan mini humbucker in the neck which sounds pretty good.
 




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